Survey: Castle Rock one happy place

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Castle Rock residents seem to be even happier about living in their town than they were a couple years ago — and they were quite happy then, according to findings in a town survey.

Castle Rock Town Manager Mark Stevens said at the June 18 town council meeting that the 2013 survey had even higher scores than the 2011 survey. And the 2011 scores, the town was told at the time by the survey research firm, were among the highest, if not the highest, of any community survey in the United States.

“The fact that 2013 comes in and (the numbers) are higher is just remarkable,” Stevens said.

The survey cost about $35,000 and was conducted by Georgia-based Pioneer Market Research. About 1,300 residents and business-license holders responded to the survey.

“Overall … residents are very satisfied with life and living in Castle Rock,” Charles Montgomery, Pioneer's director of research, said at the council meeting. “The perception is the town is doing a very solid job.”

There is still concern about traffic congestion and long-term water solutions, but a smaller percentage expressed concern about the water issue in this recent survey.

Montgomery presented some of the survey's main findings. A full report on the survey results will be posted online in July, at CRgov.com/2013survey.

Small-town character is the main reason that 60 percent chose to live in Castle Rock. And 91 percent said the reason they chose to live in Castle Rock worked out as expected.

Town services, amenities and quality of life generally ranked near or above good, on a scale where 3 was “average,” 4 was “good” and 5 was “excellent,” according to a news release.

As a place to live, the survey score averaged out to be 4.32; and as a place to raise children, 4.30. When asked about a sense of community or cohesiveness, the survey result was 3.87.

Of the 77 items that could be compared to 2011 survey, 81 percent, or 62 items, showed an improvement.