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2015 National Citizen Survey


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Each year, Denver is one of 350 communities across the country that participates in a survey which measures the quality of life for residents. The 2015 National Citizen Survey (NCS) is snapshot in time about how Denver residents from across geographical areas, ethnicities, and ages feel about their city. The survey, conducted in November of 2015, captured opinions within three primary pillars of a community: community characteristics, governance, and participation. Eight central facets are observed within these pillars: safety, mobility, natural environment, economy, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, and community engagement.

The NCS methodology indicates that for Denver citizens, safety, economy and mobility are the most important factors for quality of life. Denver’s ratings for economy were particularly strong, and were higher than comparable communities. Further, a majority of residents (74%) rated Denver’s quality of life as excellent or good and 89% rated Denver as an excellent or good place to live.

Denver’s 2015 ratings dipped in other areas, largely related to the city’s recent and steady population growth, such as ease of travel by car, affordable housing, housing options and public parking.

Approval remains high for the following areas (actual percentage of approval shown):

  • Place to visit (92%)
  • Public libraries (84%)
  • City parks (87%)
  • Cultural/arts/music activities (83%)
  • Health and wellness (78%)
  • Overall natural environment (76%)
  • Overall economic health (74%)

Approval dipped in these areas (percentage shown as decrease):

  • Housing options (-16%)
  • Affordable quality housing (-12%)
  • Public parking (-12%)
  • Cost of living (-11%)
  • K-12 education (-6%)

To read the full report, click the links below:




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