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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Nevada County Citizen Survey

NCS NewsFlash

In the summer of 2017, Nevada County worked with National Research Center to conduct it's first National Citizen Survey. The National Citizen Survey is designed to capture a data-based picture of residents' needs and perspectives using scientific survey methods and best practices. The survey covers resident opinions on community characteristics, governance, and participation, with additional policy questions added that are specific to Nevada County.

2017 Results

Nevada County's National Citizen Survey received a high response rate compared to other participating communities at 32% with 545 returned responses of the 1,800 surveys distributed to Nevada County households. This high response rate gave the survey a 4% margin of error.

Key Findings

The National Citizen Survey found that safety, natural environment, and the economy are the areas that are most important to Nevada County residents compared to mobility, built environment, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, and community engagement. 

Key Finding 1: Nevada County residents feel positively about the community and are engaged

Key Finding 2: Residents value the economy but identified some challenges

Key Finding 3: Survey respondents feel safe overall, but have concerns about wildfires and homelessness

For more information on the Key Findings for the 2017 National Citizen's Survey, view National Research Center's presentation of the findings.

Benchmark Comparisons

The National Citizen Survey provided benchmark comparisons to over 115 similar communities. Some types of government services tend to consistently receive higher ratings than others across all communities. For example, library services and public safety tend to get more positive ratings compared to code compliance or road conditions. Comparing the ratings to other similar communities through benchmark comparisons more accurately shows stand-out areas that Nevada County is excelling in or areas with room for improvement.  Of the 115 comparable communities:

  • 19 received higher ratings
  • 87 received similar ratings
  • 9 received lower ratings

Find a the list of communities included in Nevada County's benchmark comparisons and how we compared to those communities in the Technical Appendices of the report.

Additional Information on the 2017 survey
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