What is the Community Survey about?
The Fort Collins Community Survey serves as a consumer report card for the City. Residents rate the quality of life, their satisfaction with community amenities and local government. Residents also provide feedback on what is working well and what is not, and identify priorities for community planning and resource allocation. The City started the survey in 2001 and compares results from year to year to see trends as well as compare Fort Collins to other jurisdictions across the nation and Front Range.
The City and the National Research Center work together to gather statistically valid data that is representative of the community. Key findings from the 2018 survey showed that Fort Collins continues to lead in areas like overall quality of life, feelings of safety and culture recreation. It also showed that transportation and affordable housing continue to be the greatest areas of concern. See the full report below.
2019 Community Survey Highlights
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey! Overall, the report is positive with a few areas of concern and opportunities for improvement. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about the survey or how to use it. The City offers presentations and help using the data.
Some of Fort Collins’ strongest areas are:
- Overall as a place to live and overall quality of life
- Quality of recreational opportunities
- Overall safety of residents
Some of the City’s greatest areas for improvement are:
- Affordable quality housing
- Transportation and Traffic
- Business support and promotion
This is just one of many methods of public input the City uses in decision making processes.
Supplemental Opt-In Web Survey
New in 2018, an additional opt-in version of the survey was added to give residents who were not randomly selected an opportunity to provide feedback.
What Can You Learn?
The survey covers a variety of topics connected to the City’s seven strategic outcome areas.
- Neighborhood Livability & Social Health
- Culture & Recreation
- Economic Health
- Environmental Health
- High Performing Government
The community rates the community on a scale of “Very Good” to “Very Bad” on items such as:
- Overall, as a place to live
- Community acceptance of all people
- Safety in different areas of town
- Disaster response and other safety services
- Utilities such as drinking water and electric services
- Support of businesses
- Natural areas and other cultural opportunities
- Interactions with City staff
The reports include overall results in these areas and cross analyses of the data to show how different segments of the population feel about the community. For example, results can be compared by: respondent length of residency; age; race/ethnicity; and geographical area.