City releases annual citizen survey results |

City releases annual citizen survey results

Staff Report

Results from a 2011 survey on how South Lake Tahoe residents rate life in the city are now available online.

The 2012 National Citizen Survey asked households dozens of questions about numerous aspects of life at the South Shore. A total of 444 completed surveys from randomly selected households were received by the city. The overall response rate was 41 percent and the margin of error is plus or minus five percentage points.

Air quality and the quality of the natural environment received the best marks from residents, while employment and shopping opportunities received the worst.

“Most respondents experienced a good quality of life in the City of South Lake Tahoe and believed the City was a good place to live,” according to an executive summary of the survey. “The overall quality of life in the City of South Lake Tahoe was rated as “excellent” or “good” by 71% of respondents. A majority reported they plan on staying in the City of South Lake Tahoe for the next five years.”

Survey respondents demonstrated “mild trust” in local government and showed doubts about where the city is headed, according to the survey results.

“Less than half rated the overall direction being taken by the City of South Lake Tahoe as ‘good’ or ‘excellent.'”

South Lake Tahoe survey-takers also rated the city below national averages on many questions.

“Ratings of community characteristics were compared to the benchmark database,” according to the summary. “Of the 30 characteristics for which comparisons were available, three were above the national benchmark comparison, two were similar to the national benchmark comparison and 25 were below.”

Complete results from the survey are available by going to, clicking on “Government,” then “City Manager” and then “Citizen’s Survey.”

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