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2006 Citizen Survey Results

NEIGHBORHOOD

Regardless of where they live, respondents gave their neighborhoods mean ratings as places to live in the range of good. However, there are some significant differences between quadrants of Fort Collins (Figure 4).

Generally, respondents in the eastern quadrants3 of Fort Collins rated their neighborhoods higher than those in the western quadrants. In particular, respondents residing in the southeast quadrant rated their neighborhoods much higher than residents in the northwest quadrant (Figure 4). Nearly one-half (48.3%) of respondents from the southeast quadrant rated their neighborhoods as very good, compared to only about 30 percent rating their neighborhoods very good in the northwest quadrant (Table 4).

The most frequent (2.9% of respondents) comment written by respondents regarding neighborhoods was concern with rental homes in neighborhoods and enforcement of rental codes.

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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good
Table 4
NEIGHBORHOOD AS A PLACE TO LIVE
  Very Good Good Average Bad Very Bad No Opinion Responses
Northwest 29.9% 41.8% 25.4% 2.3% 0.0% 0.6% 177
Northeast 41.8% 41.8% 12.2% 3.1% 0.0% 1.0% 98
Southwest 34.6% 47.6% 14.1% 2.2% 1.1% 0.5% 185
Southeast 48.3% 40.2% 9.8% 0.3% 0.7% 0.7% 296
Overall 40.3% 42.0% 14.6% 1.7% 0.6% 0.8% 786

As places to raise children, respondents also gave their neighborhoods mean ratings of good, with respondents living in the eastern quadrants rating their neighborhoods somewhat higher than those in the western quadrants (Figure 5).

Respondents in the southeastern quadrant gave their neighborhoods the highest mean rating (83), while those in the northwest quadrant gave the lowest mean rating (72).

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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good
Table 5
NEIGHBORHOOD AS A PLACE TO RAISE CHILDREN
  Very Good Good Average Bad Very Bad No Opinion Responses
Northwest 24.3% 31.1% 23.2% 5.6% 0.6% 15.3% 177
Northeast 27.6% 34.7% 12.2% 2.0% 1.0% 22.4% 98
Southwest 27.6% 40.0% 14.6% 3.2% 0.5% 14.1% 185
Southeast 42.6% 37.8% 10.5% 1.0% 0.3% 7.8% 296
Overall 32.6% 36.3% 14.6% 3.1% 0.5% 13.0% 786

On average, respondents have lived in their current homes for 11 (11.22) years. More than one third (38%) of them have been in their current homes for five or fewer years.

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Overall, 96 percent of respondents know at least one of their neighbors by name. On average, respondents know neighbors from nearly eight (7.55) different households.

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Most respondents talk with at least one of their neighbors once per week, or more often. The longer respondents live in the same home, the more frequently they talk with their neighbors. For example, respondents who talk very infrequently with any of their neighbors (less often than once per month) have lived in their current homes for about six years (6.22), on average. Respondents who talk frequently with any of their neighbors (once per month, or more often) have lived in their current homes for an average of nearly 12 years (11.54), and they tend to know more of their neighbors from different households by name.

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3 The dividing lines for quadrants are College Avenue (east/west) and Drake Road (north/south).