EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- According to Kathy Paul, the quality of life in Eau Claire is only getting better.
“I'm really proud of Eau Claire. It's changed a lot since I was young and we were only about 35,000 people in the city and now we're over 66,000 in the city,” says Paul. “I think it's exciting the way things are progressing downtown.”
Many people here in Eau Claire agree with Paul.
“It's very clear that the citizens of Eau Claire feel safe and they seem clear with the way things are going,” says City Manager Dale Peters, as the results of the Eau Claire Citizen Survey have now been announced, gauging the community’s quality of life throughout the city.
“In terms of facets of the community, they look at things like safety and mobility, natural environment, built environment, they'll look at things like the economy and how people feel about the economy with a big emphasis on recreation and wellness. They also highlight education and enrichment,” says Peters.
Since 2003, the city has sent out the survey every four years. This year more than 1,500 people participated, a number that has nearly doubled since the last survey was sent out.
Safety, recreation and wellness, and community engagement were just some of the categories that improved this year.
“92% of all respondents said that they have visited a city park. 42:45 and that they enjoy the opportunities they have for recreation and fitness,” says Peters.
So much so that there are even people seeking Eau Claire as a place to relocate. Victor Valdez is one of them.
“I plan on being here for a while, so I had to know those things before I came. I like it, I feel safe. I feel secure. I'm glad to be here and I’m looking for good things to come,” says Valdez.
The results of the survey were also presented to city leaders at Monday evening’s city council meeting.