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2008 Citizen Survey Results

During September and October of 2008, the City of Fort Collins surveyed by mail a randomly selected sample of adult Fort Collins citizens. Building on the surveys conducted in 2001, 2003, and 2006 the 2008 survey was designed to serve as an integral part of the performance monitoring and budgeting process. As a monitoring and budgeting tool, the survey had two primary objectives.

  1. Measure how citizens rate quality or performance in nine areas:Fort Collins as a community
    • Environment
    • Neighborhood
    • Community safety
    • Transportation
    • City government
    • Customer service
    • Recreation and culture
    • Communications
  2. Determine citizen priorities among seven primary goals or outcomes:
    • Improve economic health
    • Improve environmental health
    • Improve neighborhood quality
    • Safer community
    • Improve cultural, recreational and educational opportunities
    • Improve transportation
    • A high performing government

Researchers mailed questionnaires to 1,800 randomly selected Fort Collins households. The sampling frame included student housing and dormitories at Colorado State University. Due to vacancies and for other reasons, 73 questionnaires could not be delivered, leaving a sample of 1,927 eligible households. Adult citizens from 641 of these households responded by returning completed questionnaires, representing a response rate of approximately 33 percent. The maximum sampling margin of error for this sample size, at the 95 percent confidence level, is plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.

Complete Survey Results (PDF 810KB)