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City survey: Residents love Durham

Posted February 28, 2014 12:13 p.m. EST
Updated February 28, 2014 12:24 p.m. EST

A bull gets in the Mardi Gras spirit in downtown Durham on Feb. 12, 2013.

— People who live in Durham love it, the city's satisfaction survey showed.

More than 80 percent rated Durham a good place to live, and 78 percent rated it a good place to work.

City leaders survey residents every other year, and the 2013 results are on track with recent trends toward resident satisfaction. Since 2005, residents' approval of Durham's image, safety and appearance have been on the rise. Seventy percent of respondents said Durham is headed in the right direction.

Still, safety is a concern. Respondents were split – about half said they felt "safe" or "very safe" in the city overall, while 33 percent were "neutral" on that question and 17 percent rated the city "unsafe." Quality of police protection was the city priority ranked most important by the respondents.

Street maintenance and traffic flow were the No. 1 and No. 2 city services where residents registered dissatisfaction, and maintenance was the only other priority listed as "very high" after police protection.