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The public’s perception on the quality of life in East Peoria, including safety and being a good place to raise children, are overwhelmingly positive.
Results of the East Peoria quality of life survey were discussed at the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast meeting at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sept. 18, 2015. The survey, filled out by the public in May, was created by officials from the City of East Peoria, the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce, East Peoria Community High School, East Peoria Elementary District 86, the Fon du Lac Park District and Morton Community Bank. The survey’s purpose was to gain insight into how residents and visitors view some of the key aspects of community life. Aaron Buchko, Ph.D. from Bradley University facilitated the survey’s creating, compiled the results and explained them at the breakfast meeting.
The 13-question survey included questions about safety, economic opportunity, housing, senior services, ease of travel around the city, cultural opportunities, accessibility to health care, services for children, and recreation. Open to both East Peoria residents and non-residents, it was distributed electronically through the schools, on paper and electronically through the park district, on paper at various sites in the city, available through the East Peoria Times-Courier, and on www.cityofeastpeoria.com.
The survey had 553 responses, which Dr. Buchko said is a good sample size. Of those responding 65 percent are female and 35 percent are male.
The majority of respondents, 70 percent, are married. The remainder of the respondents are 17 percent single, six percent divorced, five percent widowed, and one percent each with a partner/living together and engaged. Those age 30 to 45 provided the majority of responses at 39 percent, followed by 34 percent from those age 46 to 65, 15 percent from those under age 30 and 12 percent from people over age 65. Most respondents, 52 percent, have no children, while 19 percent have one child, 18 percent have two children and 11 percent have three or more children.
Income levels were fairly even among the majority of recipients with those in the ranges of $60,000 to $80,000 income, $80,000 to $100,000 level and $100,000 to $150,000 income each coming in at 19 percent. Four percent of respondents earn $20,000 or less and 8 percent earn $150,000 or more.
The respondents are overwhelmingly white and from ZIP code 61611.
Dr. Buchko said the responses came in from a good cross section among age, gender and income.
Each survey statement asked participants to rate their agreement on a scale of one to 10, with one being “strongly disagree” and 10 being “strongly agree”.
For each of the questions, respondents overwhelmingly rated the city from a 10 to a seven, with only one question lower than that at a rating of five. Top-rated at 10 were recommending the city as a great place to live, satisfaction with the health care system in East Peoria, providing sufficient opportunities for leisure and recreation (which also tied at number eight), and providing adequate shopping, dining and retail service opportunities.
Receiving top ratings of eight are that East Peoria is a safe place to live and work, the city provides adequate networks and opportunities for people to develop social relationships, and East Peoria is easy, convenient and safe to travel and get around.
The majority of respondents rated at seven that East Peoria has a good variety and mix of neighborhoods and housing and is a good place to grow old.
Rated five by the majority of respondents is whether the city provides sufficient access to the arts and cultural opportunities.
Respondents also had the opportunity to provide additional comments. Buchko said many of those comments included the desire for the city to have a movie theater.
The survey results will be used to analyze and recognize any voids that people feel are missing with the quality of life in East Peoria as well as which community amenities need better promotion. Responses from people living outside of East Peoria will help leaders learn what aspects of the community to promote to encourage them to become new residents. Mayor Dave Mingus said the survey will provide a baseline for monitoring improvements in the city and it will be repeated in five years.