The National Research Center, Inc., a survey research and evaluation firm, carried out a survey of Cedar Park residents in the spring. The center mailed surveys to a randomly selected group of 3,600 households, and 440 people responded, according to a July 25 press release from the city of Cedar Park. This was the first time the city has conducted a resident survey, according to the release.
Citizens provided positive ratings of quality of life, safety and overall economic health of the city. When compared to hundreds of benchmark cities across the nation, Cedar Park ranks 68th in quality of life, the survey found. The city ranks 36th in the nation for being a good place to raise a child.
Nine in 10 people gave Cedar Park excellent or good ratings in the following categories:
- Cedar Park as a place to live
- Cedar Park as a place to raise children
- Overall quality of life
Eight in 10 people gave Cedar Park excellent or good ratings when it came to:
- Overall image or reputation
- Overall appearance
- Being a place to retire
The majority of participants also positively rated the overall quality of city services, the fire department, the police department, city parks, and trash and recycling collection.
Nine out of 10 people positively rated the feeling of safety in the city. Ratings of crime prevention, emergency preparedness and animal control exceeded the national benchmarks, according to the release.
Mobility is an area for improvement, according to survey results. Forty-eight percent positively rated the ease of walking and travel by bicycle, and 53% supported the city spending more on transportation and roads.
Survey results can be found on the city’s website.