City Of SF Releases Results of Citizen Survey
by Jill Johnson
April 22, 2013 9:32 PM
The results of the recent survey taken by Sioux Falls residents are in! While most of the residents say the city is a good place to live, they also say there are a few areas it needs to work on.
It was in January that 3,000 residents began receiving a questionnaire asking their opinions about the city. Nearly 950 residents responded.
Finance Director Tracy Turbak said, "It's intended to be a good, sound representative sample of the overall community."
Ninety-three percent said Sioux Falls was an excellent or good place to live. Since residents took the survey the last time, back in 2009, they said the city had made huge improvements, with the biggest improvement contributed to our city streets.
"Mayor Mike Huether said,"In Sioux Falls, South Dakota folks are pumped to be living here and they're thrilled about our future."
However, the survey also revealed the city could be doing more. Compared to other communities similar in size, Sioux Falls fell below the national benchmark when it comes to traffic enforcement.
Many even wrote comments on the survey, complaining about how bad the drivers are, and that they would like to see law enforcement issue more tickets.
Huether said,"Traffic enforcement is a concern for our people, interactions with our police team will be something we will work to improve upon."
But even more interesting is how citizens responded to a question about safety. Although 91 percent said they feel safe and secure during the day, 34 percent said they feel unsafe in downtown Sioux Falls after dark.
Huether said, "The City of Sioux Falls and downtown Sioux Falls is incredibly safe after dark. However, it is a perception amongst many that it is not," said Huether.
Even though the survey didn't refer to any certain part of downtown, only 47 percent said they feel safe. A red flag, the Mayor says we'll need to look at and work on.
The survey, conducted by the National Research Center, is given once every few years. Those who took the poll were randomly selected from all over the city.