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Survey finds safety is key factor in Bloomington’s quality of life

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 2, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022
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Three-quarters of residents positively rated the overall feeling of safety in Bloomington according to the 2022 National Community Survey™ of Bloomington residents.

Around 9 in 10 residents reported feeling very or somewhat safe in their neighborhood and commercial areas during the day. This high level of safety likely contributed to the high quality of life respondents said they experience. A total of 90% of respondents rated the overall quality of life in Bloomington as excellent or good. Around 9 in 10 respondents were likely to recommend living to Bloomington to someone who asks.

Residents also liked how Bloomington handles water—liquid and frozen. The City’s drinking water ranked No. 2 among the nearly 300 cities and counties polled nationwide, with an approval rating of 91%. Snow removal received scores of excellent or good from 84% of respondents, putting the City in the top 10% nationwide.

Other results

  • Fire services received a score of 94%, while Police services drew excellent or good marks from 84% of respondents.
  • Nearly three-quarters of residents gave positive marks to the value of services provided by Bloomington and the overall customer service of City employees.
  • The availability of paths and walking trails (84%), preservation of natural areas (80%), and open space (78%) were all rated high compared to national averages.
  • When asked what impact, if any, the economy would have on their household income in the next six months, only 10% of respondents expected a positive impact compared to 60% who expected a negative impact.

This was the 11th year in a row that the National Community Survey™ was conducted in Bloomington. A total of 728 residents completed the random sample, scientific poll that was conducted between May 20 to July 8, by the National Research Center of Boulder, Colorado.

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