The Livability Report summarizes all the results and key findings of the 2019 ACS. It provides the opinions of a representative sample of 399 randomly selected Grand Rapids residents.
Download the NCS Livability Report(PDF, 202KB)
The report was presented to the City Commission. View the agenda and presentation or review the key takeaways listed below.
Below is a collection of additional reports and reference documents from the 2019 NCS. The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Reports(PDF, 643KB) gives guidance on how to read the survey results in each of the reports.
Dashboard: Summary of Findings
Below is a link to the dashboard summary of findings from the NCS. This shows how the survey respondents rated community characteristics within each of the eight factors of a livable community. This report offers a simplified (“rolled up”) quantitative view of the data, as well as comparison details for each question.
Download the NCS Dashboard(PDF, 120KB)
To tell the story of who responded to this survey, NCS provided a breakdown of responses by demographic subgroups. The report below identifies differences in opinion of respondents, based on:
- Housing type (rent or own)
- Length of residency
- Presence of children in the household
Download the Comparisons by Demographic Subgroups(PDF, 360KB)
To tell the story of who responded to this survey, NCS provided a breakdown of responses by geographic subgroups. Grand Rapids is divided into three Wards. The report below identifies differences in opinion of respondents, based on the Ward they live in.
Download the Comparisons by Geographic Subgroups(PDF, 172KB)
This document speaks to the credibility of data and the most granular detail of results. The appendices include the details about:
- Survey methods
- Individual response options selected for each question – with and without the “don’t know” option
- Detailed benchmark results
Download the Technical Appendices(PDF, 2MB)
After the randomly selected survey completed, other community members were invited to participate in an online open participation survey. NSC received 352 responses from the open survey. These results are listed in the document below to avoid altering the validity of the statistically valid survey.
Download the Supplemental Online Results(PDF, 390KB)