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The city of Dunwoody will release its 2015 community survey results at its Monday, March 14, meeting.

This is the second community survey the city has conducted; the first was completed in 2013.

The surveys were developed by the city and its research partner, Pioneer  Marketing. Invitations to participate in the survey were sent to 5,000 random households to complete the survey online. There were 415 online surveys completed for an 8.4 percent return rate which is above average for community surveys using a similar mail methodology, according to Communications Director Bob Mullen in a memo to the council.

Overall, residents that answered the survey say they are happy with the quality of life in Dunwoody, Mullen said.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being very dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied, some interesting findings include:

— In 2013, the “I have confidence in my city’s government” was 3.01; in 2015 that number jumped to 3.48.

— When asked as an open ended question what was the biggest issue facing Dunwoody today, traffic ranked 19 percent in 2013 and skyrocketed to 43 percent in 2015.

— In 2013 for that same question, 24 percent of respondents answered “citizens not welcoming change/division of citizens/conflicting views of nature” – in 2015 that number dropped to 5 percent.

— The top weaknesses for the city in 2015 are traffic and streets and infrastructure.

— When asked how important it is to have arts, culture and creative offerings in Dunwoody, 47 percent of respondents answered “very important” while 3 percent said “not at all important.”

“Based on the 2015 survey responses, Dunwoody residents on the whole: are very pleased with services provided by the city government; have a high level of appreciation for city staff and employees; seek answers to address traffic and transportation issues; show concern about the quality of schools; and, feel the city is a safe place to live, raise a family and work,” Mullen stated in the memo to council members.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

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