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Survey Shows Residents 'Satisfied' with St. Joseph

Overall, 68 percent of those questioned said they were satisfied with St. Joseph and Buchanan County as a place to live
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) People in St. Joseph are letting the city know what matters most to them.

The Community Alliance of St. Joseph revealed the results of its third community livability survey Tuesday.

Surveys were mailed to 1,800 people asking them about their concerns with the city and Buchanan County.

Seventy five percent of those surveyed said they were satisfied with police and fire services; 74 percent were satisfied with the city's parks and recreation programs and facilities; and 53 percent said they were satisfied with the maintenance of buildings and facilities.

The survey also showed that residents think the city should increase the maintenance of city streets.

Overall, 68 percent of those questioned said they were satisfied with St. Joseph and Buchanan County as a place to live; 66 percent were satisfied with the community as a place to raise children; and 66 percent were satisfied with the feeling of safety in St. Joseph.

"Community input is critical to the growth and success of St. Joseph and Buchanan County," said Steve  Johnston, Director of the Community Alliance of Saint Joseph. "We appreciate the valuable input of residents.  Survey results never move the needle forward as quickly as we would like. In 2014, there is a combination of positive movement forward in some areas, lateral movement in other areas, and some areas with lower trends. The Community Survey is a process, and rarely are there quantum leaps. The important take away is to stay focused and dedicate resources in the appropriate areas."

The findings will be compared to results from the 2010 and 2012 surveys.

To view the complete report, click here.
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