People who live in St. Louis Park are really happy with their city
compared to the ratings people in other Minnesota locations give their
A citywide survey conducted this spring "took the
temperature" of St. Louis Park residents. The poll was part of a city
effort to track trends and check priorities. Mayor Jeff Jacobs and City
Manager Tom Harmening were pleased with the results.
And they had plenty of reason to be. Survey firm Decision Resources
told St. Louis Park officials that the ratings they found are among the
highest they have seen in the many Twin Cities communities they have
surveyed. A resounding 97% of residents rated the quality of life in St.
Louis Park MN as excellent or good. About 95% of polled residents said
they feel safe. About 89% rated city services as excellent or good. Only 4% of residents said they anticipated moving in the
next five years.
When asked what serious issues face Saint Louis Park, 18% of
residents cited Hennepin County's proposal to move a freight train line
from Minneapolis to this city to make room for light rail. Just 8% cited
high taxes and rising crime. And 12% said they did not see any serious
issues facing the city. That "no issue" response is twice what is
considered normal for a place like St. Louis Park, according to the
The city has lots of multifamily housing, and 28 percent of
residents thought there were too many apartments and 21 percent said
there were too many condos and townhouses. Harmening said proposals for
more condo developments have withered as the economy has suffered.
Jacobs agreed that the city needs to be careful not to overbuild
multifamily housing, although he said the three light-rail stations that
are proposed for his city may result in a push for higher-density
housing in those locations.
"I think if you build multifamily housing, you need to make sure
it's high-quality construction so people want to live there in the
future," he said.
The survey was conducted by telephone with 400
randomly selected households between April 17 and May 19. The average
age of people who took the survey was 50.6 years. Median residency in
the city was 16.2 years. About 65% of the people surveyed owned their
Read the Star Tribune article or view the results of the survey in PDF form (scroll down to section titled "Summary Findings").