Aspen Citizen Survey results online
A random selection of Aspen voters say they continue to enjoy a high quality of life and feel safe in the city, according to the 2014 Citizen Survey results, now available online. Ninety-six percent of those surveyed ranked their overall quality of life in Aspen as excellent (61 percent) or good (35 percent), which was on par with 2013 results.
“Each year since 1997 the City of Aspen has asked its citizens how things are going with a resident survey,” said Barry Crook, assistant city manager. “The Aspen Citizen Survey serves as a consumer report card for Aspen by providing registered voters the opportunity to rate their satisfaction with the quality of life, local facilities and services, as well as satisfaction with local government.”
The survey was mailed to a random sampling of 1,750 registered voters. With more than 350 residents responding and an error rate of plus or minus 5 percent, the survey results are a valid representation of community views.
Residents were surveyed about services such as the Aspen Recreation Center, The Wheeler Opera House, parks and trails, street maintenance and plowing, housing, police, utility billing and Kids First. Respondents were asked what their greatest concerns were and generally the issues were water levels and quality of water in the Roaring Fork River, appropriate building height and mass in the downtown core. Three-quarters of respondents felt it was very important for the city to focus on minimizing construction impacts, ensuring the availability of affordable, wellness-centered community health care options and creating simpler, faster ways for small business to start in the city of Aspen.
For a full copy of the survey, visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Departments/Community-Relations.
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With a response rate to the 2020 Census survey below 40%, Pitkin County’s population appears to have been undercounted by at least 850 people.