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So, Just How Happy is Dallas With Dallas?

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Just noticed this on the Dallas City Hall Web site: the results of a recently taken survey of more than 1,600 Dallas households, who were asked about their thoughts about the city -- everything from "Perception of the Overall Quality of Life in Dallas" to "Ratings of Dallas As a Place to Live, Do Business and Work" to the city's "Speed of Growth" and on and on. The survey was done by a market research company called the ETC Institute in Olathe, Kansas -- and some 4,000 households to whom the surveys were sent, and to whom follow-up calls were made, opted not to answer.

Forty percent of those who did respond are currently out of work. And of those who offered their opinions, way more get their news from TV than newspapers (awesome). And 37 percent of those interviewed identified themselves as "Spanish, Hispanic or Latino." And ... well, look, read it for yourself. You know you will. It's 227 pages, sure, but most of the results are offered in easy-to-digest charts and graphs and maps. Till you get to it, then, the highlights above and below:

  • Perception of the Overall Quality of Life in Dallas. More than two-thirds (67%) of the residents surveyed felt the quality of life in Dallas was "excellent" (12%) or "good" (55%); 30% of residents felt the quality of life in Dallas was "fair" and only 3% felt it was poor.
  • Ratings of Dallas As a Place to Live, Do Business and Work. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of the residents surveyed felt Dallas was an "excellent" (22%) or "good" (56%) place to live; 78% of residents felt Dallas was an "excellent" (25%) or "good" (53%) place to do business and 77% felt Dallas was an "excellent" (24%) or "good" (53%) place to work.
  • Speed of Growth. Half (50%) of residents felt population growth in Dallas was "much too fast" (16%) or "too fast" (34%), 47% felt it was "about right" and 4% felt it was "much too slow" (1%) or "too slow" (3%). More than half (54%) of residents felt job growth in Dallas was "much too slow" (13%) or "too slow" (41%), 42% felt it was "about right" and 4% felt it was "much too fast" (1%) or "too fast" (3%)

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