85 per cent of Calgarians have a good quality of life

A large majority of Calgarians — 85 per cent — say their quality of life is ‘good’, according to the latest Citizen Satisfaction Survey results. The annual survey results were published by the City of Calgary earlier this week, showing some interesting trends in how Calgarians feel about our city and the services we receive.

“We live in a very resilient city. As we enter a time of economic recovery, I am happy to hear Calgarians remain optimistic about the future and overall quality of life in Calgary,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “The research and data from the Citizen Satisfaction Survey is crucial and helps to inform The City and Council as we begin working together this year on the 2019-2022 budget process.” [City of Calgary]

Other notable highlights from the survey results:

  • 84 per cent agree we are on track to becoming a better city
  • 82 per cent agree Calgary is a great place to make a life
  • 85 per cent of Calgarians are proud to live in their neighbourhood
  • 81 per cent of Calgarians perceive their neighbourhood as safe
  • 94 per cent are satisfied with the quality of drinking water
  • 92 per cent are satisfied with community associations and local non-profits
  • 85 per cent are satisfied with roads and infrastructure
  • 94 per cent are satisfied with parks, playgrounds, green spaces, etc.
  • 91 per cent are satisfied with our city’s environmental performance
  • 83 per cent are satisfied with land use planning
  • 93 per cent are satisfied with residential blue cart recycling

Those are impressive grades for our city, but there were a few areas that Calgarians marked as needing a bit of improvement:

  • 24 per cent say transportation needs to improve
  • 21 per cent say government could improve quality of life
  • 20 per cent say recreation and community services could be improved

A number of surveys, including the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, indicate Calgarians have a generally optimistic view about the future and their overall quality of life. The Citizen Satisfaction Survey is one of many citizen inputs that will help to inform City Council during discussions on the 2019-2022 budget and business plans in November 2018. Calgarians are encouraged to sign up for Citizens’ View, Calgary’s online panel at citizensview.cato have their say in City programs and services on an ongoing basis. [City of Calgary]

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