Understanding the needs of residents is important to Washington County government, so it has conducted a regular, periodic survey of residents’ opinions. This report includes Washington County survey results dating back to 2001. In 2016, Washington County was joined by Dakota County, Olmsted County, Scott County, and St. Louis County working together with National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to develop a survey instrument with a set of shared questions, as well as questions unique to each County.
The Washington County Residential Survey was administered by mail to 2,500 randomly selected households in February 2016 and was distributed equally among the five County Commissioner Districts. Of the approximately 2,390 households that received a survey in the mail, 835 surveys were completed providing a response rate of 35 percent.
Because Washington County has administered a residential survey before, comparisons could be made between 2016 responses and those from prior years. Generally, comparisons between surveys are made through the conversion of ratings to a 100-point scale. NRC maintains a database of resident perspectives gathered in residential surveys from approximately 500 jurisdictions, including cities and counties.