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Resident Satisfaction Survey Results

Measuring Community in America Survey 2015

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Summary

On June 15, 2015, NeighborWorks America released highlights from its first community and neighbor satisfaction poll, released in connection with its Comeback Communities Summit held in New Orleans, June 18-19.  The national and gulf coast regional polls found that Americans are overwhelmingly positive about their neighbors and are satisfied with the quality of their communities. Most report living in strong, neighborly communities where people know each other well.

This positive view of community was reported across all segments of the economy, with slightly better results reported by residents living along America’s gulf coast.

More than 90 percent of Americans describe their community members as ‘good neighbors’, and eight-out-of-ten say that there is a ‘strong sense of community’ where they live.

The poll found striking differences, however, in the perception of the local job and economic situation, across income and regional cross-sections. Rural Americans were much less likely to say that their local job situation and the economy was better than the nation overall, while those living in urban areas were more likely to say that their local job and economic situation was better than the nation overall.