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Every five years for the last two decades, the Jefferson County Commissioners have made a concerted effort to find out what is on the minds of citizens by conducting a random-sample, statistically-valid survey. The last survey was completed in 2010; you can see those results below.A cross section of 3,000 residents of unincorporated Jefferson County will receive the 2015 survey questionnaire in their mailboxes this July. The survey will be mailed to 3,000 households chosen at random by zip code. Results of previous surveys have been useful in budgeting and planning for future needs. The surveys assessed the opinions of a representative sample of unincorporated residents about community quality of life, service delivery, civic participation and priorities for their tax dollars.Residents who don’t receive a survey questionnaire in the mail can still share their thoughts with the County Commissioners by employing one of the following:
While the Board of County Commissioners use many tools to learn what is on the minds of residents and businesses, such as informal surveys and public meetings, formal surveys like the one conducted in 2010 are only sent every four or five years. The county-conducted 2010 citizen survey revealed that 95 percent of the 1,319 unincorporated Jefferson County residents who responded rated Jeffco as an "excellent" or "good" place to live. This was up five percent from the 2004 survey, according to the final results report from the National Research Center (NRC) of Boulder. Some other notable results:
About 45 percent of the 3,000 households in unincorporated Jefferson County that received the survey responded. The National Research Center, which conducted the survey for $24,700 for the county, usually sees a 25 to 40 percent response rate. The margin of error is plus or minus three percent. The survey questionnaire was limited to five pages and asked a variety of standardized, open-ended and close-ended questions. Questions measured perceptions of the quality of life, county services and customer service in Jefferson County. The county plans to use the report for short-term and long-term strategic planning and communications.
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