Quality of life in Eden Prairie continues to soar above state and national standards, according to data from the city's recently released 2018 Quality of Life Survey.
Ninety-five percent of respondents said Eden Prairie was a good or excellent place to live and raise children, according to a presentation on the survey results by the city.
The National Research Center conducted the city's survey of residents, done every two years, in the fall of 2018. The city has been doing the survey since 2006. The 2018 survey indicated 95 percent of respondents feel positive about living and raising children in the community, the report said. The survey was sent to 2,000 people in Eden Prairie and 494 completed it, with an additional 1,500 responses from people who took the survey online.
Key findings in the survey, according to the report on the city's website, are:
- More than 90 percent of participants said Eden Prairie is a good or excellent place to live and work, and 69 percent said the city is a good place to visit or retire. Those ratings are similar to previous years' surveys and higher than regional and national comparison groups.
- At least nine in 10 participants said the city is a good or excellent place to raise and educate children. Eden Prairie's educational opportunities were respondents' third favorite thing about the city.
- Ninety-four percent of respondents said they felt safe in Eden Prairie, although the survey showed slightly higher concerns about youth crime and drugs: 24 percent viewed drugs as a moderate to severe problem, compared to 15 percent in 2016. Sergeant Bob Davis of Eden Prairie Police told Eden Prairie News that part of the department's strategy to fight opioid addiction in the community is raising public awareness, and the 2018 survey reflects those efforts. "There are growing concerns in our community and across the country about drug-related issues, and we think this is a good thing because it is the first step toward working together to find a solution," he wrote in an email.
- Around 30 percent of respondents said traffic was a moderate, major or extreme problem, while around 25 percent felt similarly about vandalism and property crimes or drugs. Most of this year's ratings for potential problems in Eden Prairie were in line with ratings on previous years' surveys.
- Respondents praised the city's safety services, such as fire, police and crime prevention, with each rated as excellent or good by at least 90 percent of respondents.
- The city's natural spaces, cleanliness and general appearance received stellar marks from respondents, with each receiving good or excellent marks from around 95 percent of respondents.
- The city's overall economic health was well-perceived by respondents, with 92 percent rating it as good or excellent, surpassing ratings in communities over 15,000 in Minnesota and the United States.
- The lowest-rated categories were in housing and affordability: Half or more of community members felt favorably about them, which outpaces national comparisons. Around 10 percent of respondents weren't happy with the city's taxes or the cost of living.
Residents can visit edenprairie.org/qualityoflife to see the full report of the 2018 survey results.