In 2017, the City of Suwanee voluntarily participated in its fifth National Citizen Survey, a statistically valid survey managed by the National Research Center that gathers resident opinions across a range of issues. As in previous years, residents’ ratings put the city at or near the top in a variety of areas as compared to other communities across the country.
“We always learn something about ourselves as a community through the National Citizen Survey, and it’s gratifying that this year’s results indicate that the City of Suwanee continues to be headed in the right direction,” commented Mayor Jimmy Burnette.
The overall quality of life in Suwanee was rated as excellent or good by 92 percent of residents, and 95 percent rated the city as an excellent or good place to live and raise children. More than nine out of ten respondents rated the City’s overall image and appearance positively with almost all reporting that they would recommend Suwanee as a place to live (97 percent).
In April the 2017 survey was sent to 1,500 randomly selected city addresses. The National Citizen Survey is endorsed by the International City/County Management Association and the National League of Cities.
“The depth and breadth of information that we obtain through the National Citizen Survey is extraordinary,” said City Manager Marty Allen. “There’s an old saying that if you don’t keep score, you’ll never know if you’re winning or losing. We appreciate that our citizens took the time to report on their experiences with the City of Suwanee and that as a city and a community, it appears, we continue to do an outstanding job.”
The full scorecard report – a summary of 42 characteristic and service areas (out of 125) which compares the National Research Center’s database of resident opinions gathered from approximately 600 jurisdictions in the United States – can be found here.