Sunnyvale received positive marks from residents in the National Citizen Survey, a biennial survey designed to gauge the city’s “livability” compared to other cities nationwide.
Overall, the findings suggest that most residents experience a favorable quality of life in Sunnyvale, with 90 percent of survey respondents rating Sunnyvale as a “good” or “excellent” place to live and 92 percent rating their overall feeling of safety as “good” or “excellent.”
The National Citizen Survey, conducted by the National Research Center Inc. (NRC), is based on a national template of questions in categories such as safety, mobility, natural and built environments, economy, recreation and community engagement.
Most of Sunnyvale’s ratings were similar to the national benchmark and show that Sunnyvale continues to be a great place to live. In keeping with other Bay Area cities, the NRC noted that while many long-term trendlines have remained stable since 2007 for Sunnyvale, there were some declines, particularly in the areas of affordability and housing. This trend is common in the Bay Area in recent years and elsewhere across the country in areas with high real estate values.
The City included in this year’s survey two open-ended questions to assess the top three community issues and the top three City services on which residents would like the City to focus in the coming year. The top community issues were traffic, transportation and road conditions and safety; affordable housing; and crime and safety. The top City services were roads maintenance, traffic and street lighting, and parking; police, fire and safety services; and water, sewer, cable and utilities. Affordable housing and low-income services, along with parks, recreation, libraries and open space followed very closely.
February 7, 2018