A majority of Macomb County residents are happy with their overall quality of life and believe quality of life and schools are the county's biggest assets, but they want to see improvements in public transportation.
That's according to the results of the second annual Community Climate Survey conducted by the county's Planning and Economic Development from May 30 through July 31. Responses came from 1,562 people in all of the county's 27 communities, with the majority from Clinton Township.
Executive Mark Hackel said the results show the progress the county is making, saying respondents feel it offers "safe communities, good schools and an exceptionally high quality of life. As one of Michigan's fastest growing counties, Macomb is a desirable place to call home."
The survey can be used for planning and policy development by public and private sectors. The questions were the same as last year except for a new one about satisfaction with public transportation. Less than 10% of the respondents who took the survey this year also participated last year.
The survey indicated that more than four of five respondents don't plan to leave the county in the next five years and that 41% of those who do are leaving Michigan.
Safe neighborhoods and high quality of life are the highest features impacting the decision to locate in the county. Macomb residents working in other counties are drawn to Macomb because of the schools, public safety, local government services and access to emergency medical care and less by retail and recreation opportunities, according to the survey.
Survey results are available at http://www.macombcountymi.gov/MCPED/pdf/2013CommunityClimateSurvey.pdf
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