Community Assessment Survey

Every two years since 2008, the City of Burien has conducted a survey to assess residents’ perceptions about the general quality of life in the City and their satisfaction with City government services. The survey is a longitudinal study that enables us to compare the results over time.

2018 Community Assessment Survey

According to the 2018 survey, residents feel the most important issues facing Burien in the next five years are public safety, affordable housing, and homelessness.

For the 2018 survey, the City worked with Koné Consulting, a firm that has deployed city, state, and national surveys on a variety of topics. The City added questions to reflect changing needs and demographics in our community. 40 percent of the questions were similar to previous surveys, allowing us to maintain a longitudinal view, while at the same time gather a rich amount of data about the current needs of our residents.

The survey was conducted in June 2018 and translated into Spanish and Vietnamese. The City conducted extensive outreach to invite participation in the survey, including outreach to media, a multilingual social media ad campaign, and working with the City’s Community Connectors to garner more diverse participation in the survey. City staff also worked with local nonprofit partners, Highline High School teachers, and tabled at community events and locations to get the word out. A postcard was mailed to all residents toward the end of the survey period to remind them to take the survey.

There were more than 1,300 responses to the survey. The results were weighted to reflect the City population in terms of age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic area.

The information gathered in the survey will help City staff improve services to our community.

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