How happy are people living in Bend? It turns out, not as happy as they were a few years ago according to a recent survey of residents conducted for the city.
One big number that jumps out: 70% of people in the city rate the quality of life as excellent or good. That’s down from 88% just two years earlier and 90% in 2013-14.
The survey found that homelessness as a top-of-mind issue has increased dramatically in the past two years. Thirty-six percent said it was a top issue in 2022 compared to 8% in 2020.
Affordable housing was right behind at 25% — about the same as two years ago.
Residents say increasing affordable housing and long-range community planning are their top priorities over the next ten years.
To tackle the issue of homelessness, 53% of respondents say they want the city to work with Deschutes County to ensure access to mental health and addiction services.
About one-quarter say they want the city to provide grants to non-profits to provide services to people experiencing homelessness and provide shelters for vulnerable populations. And 20% say they want the city to create additional organized camp facilities for people experiencing homelessness while 10% want to the city to provide safe parking spaces where people can sleep in their vehicles.
Concerns about transportation have started to fade from 36% in 2020 to 20% in 2022.
Forty-three percent of respondents give city leaders an “A” or “B” grade, down from 65% in 2020.
You can see the survey results given in a presentation to the Bend City Council at this link.