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The Results Are In: G.R. Scores Well On Recent Survey

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Results of a recent community survey about Grand Rapids are in.  Here’s a report on what residents are saying about the second largest city in the state.

Key findings in the National Community Survey or NCS, reveal that most residents enjoy a high quality of life, strong economy and safe neighborhoods in Grand Rapids.  22-hundred randomly selected households participated in the survey with close to 400 completing the survey.  There was also an online open participation survey which had about 345 responses.  Here’s Grand Rapids Assistant City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Matthews.

“It’s pretty clear that the community feels pretty good about the economic prospects here in Grand Rapids, which is positive. We ranked above the national and the population benchmarks in those areas.”

The survey, conducted last fall asked residents for their opinions about everything from livability, things like, safety, mobility, recreation, education and the economy.  As Matthews mentioned, Grand Rapids is above national benchmarks in a number of economic categories, such as the vibrancy of downtown and employment opportunities.  However, residents of color reported lower levels of satisfaction across most aspects of the survey with the exception of mobility. 

“When you look at our minority populations, when you look at African American populations, when you look at the Latin X population, there are a number of areas that consistently that come across lower. And when we talk about economics, there’s a national conversation about, is the economy performing well for everyone.”

Matthews says equity has been a big conversation here.  He adds that is why they’ve invested in creating an equitable economic development and transportation plan among other things.

Other areas for improvement, per the survey, included crime prevention, parking and streets.

Matthews says they will now take the results of the survey, analyze them and have a more focused conversation that digs deeper into the issues.