Washington County residents surveyed earlier this year report enjoying a higher quality of life than those in most other counties across the nation.
Survey respondents were asked to rate their overall quality of life in Washington County and, on average, their rating represented a score between “excellent” and “good,” which was similar to ratings given since 2006.
The results of the residential survey, conducted by the National Research Center/Polco, were released on Wednesday. About 650 residents responded to the survey, which was conducted by mail, officials said.
When asked to identify one thing they liked most about living in Washington County, 26 percent of respondents said “quality of life in general,” 21 percent responded “location,” 13 percent responded open space/rural areas and 12 percent said “their neighborhood.”
Residents who responded to the survey reported feeling generally safe, but there was an increase in concern about safety. Residents’ rating for overall feeling of safety was “good” at 66 points on average, which was similar to benchmark ratings given in other counties across the nation, but down from Washington County’s 2019 rating of 72.
Compared to 2019, residents felt slightly less safe from property and violent crimes and slightly more safe from distracted drivers on roads in the county, according to the survey results.
The survey also gauged residents’ views on a wide range of topics including county services, transportation, parks, diversity initiatives and the economic impact of COVID. The survey was conducted for and in collaboration with Dakota, Scott, Olmsted and St. Louis counties.
Residents can read the entire survey on the county’s web site at co.washington.mn.us/2012/Residential-Surveyco.washington.mn.us/.