Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 7, 2014

By the numbers

Palo Altans' responses on the 2013 National Citizens Survey

The good news

91

Percent rating city's quality of life as "excellent" or "good"

78

Percent who think "ease of bicycle travel" in city is excellent or good

33

Percent rating "personal economic future" as "positive" or "very positive," up from 22% in 2012 and 12% in 2011

21

Number of survey categories, out of 31, that Palo Alto scored above "benchmark" cities. It scored near par in eight other categories and lower in the remaining two.

The bad news

72

Percent feeling "very" or "somewhat" safe in their neighborhood after dark, a drop from 82% in 2012. In downtown area, 62% feel safe, down from 71%.

44

Percent who consider city's "overall quality of new development" as excellent or good, compared to 56% in 2012

39

Percent expressing high satisfaction with city's "availability of parking," down from 54% in 2011

36

Percent rating city's "land use, planning and zoning," as excellent or good, a drop from 2012's 51%

13

Percent giving city top marks for "availability of affordable housing," roughly the same as in 2012 and 2011 (12% and 14%, respectively)

The toss up

30

Percent rating job growth in Palo Alto as "too slow," a huge drop from 44% in 2012 and 64% in 2011

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