Great communities are partnerships of the government, private sector, community-based organizations and residents, all geographically connected. In 2020, Missoula County contracted with the National Research Center to administer the National Community Survey to scientifically assess the perceived livability of the Missoula County community.
The NCS captures opinions considering 10 central facets of a community to determine the livability, which is a place that is not simply habitable, but that is desirable, not only where people live, but where they want to live.
The surveys were mailed to 1,700 residents, and Missoula County received 538 responses from 370 city residents and 168 unincorporated residents. NCS predicted the response rate would range from 15% to 28%; Missoula County’s response rate was 33%. The margin of error for any reported percentage is 4%. An online survey option was available to all residents; however, the 326 responses received are not included in these results because the online survey was not scientific.
The report indicates that residents enjoy living in Missoula County and experience a high quality of life. Parks, trails and recreational opportunities are a key asset. Residents rate the economy and safety as top priorities in the next two years and identify the cost of living as a challenge.
NCS compared Missoula County’s results against the average results of 18 counties across the country with populations between 70,000 and 200,000. (2019 Census estimates put Missoula County’s population at around 120,000.) Click through below to the dashboard to see how respondents ranked the 10 central facets and how that compares to national benchmarks of over 600 communities.
Missoula County Community Survey Dashboard:
National Community Survey Detailed Reports:
- NCS Community Livability Report
- NCS Demographic Comparisons
- NCS Geographic Comparisons
- NCS Technical Appendices
- Community Survey Final Report Overview
National Community Survey: A collaborative study by the National Research Center, Inc. and International City/County Management Association.