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Posted November 12, 2021 | 3:08 PM

Survey Says: Hillsborough Residents Like Living Here

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2021) - Most residents would recommend Hillsborough County as a good place to live, work, and raise children, according to the results of a countywide survey conducted earlier this year.

The survey showed the following:

  • 85 percent of respondents would recommend Hillsborough County as a place to live to a friend, family member, or acquaintance.
  • 83 percent would recommend Hillsborough County as a place to work.
  • 77 percent would recommend Hillsborough County as a place to raise children.
  • 87 percent reported being "satisfied'' or "very satisfied'' with the quality of life in Hillsborough County.
  • 87 percent place a "fair amount'' or a "great deal'' of trust and confidence in Hillsborough County government.
  • 45 percent expressed optimism that the quality of life in five years will be "somewhat better'' or significantly better.''

The survey also asked respondents about "expectation gaps.'' According to those results, the top areas where residents would most like to see improvement are the following:

  • Traffic flow on major roads.
  • Mental and behavioral health support services.
  • Homeless support services.

Conducted by HCP Associates, the telephone survey polled 1,400 residents at random throughout unincorporated Hillsborough and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. Taken as a whole, the respondents were demographically representative and equally divided among the County's four single-member commission districts.

In addition, a supplemental but not statistically valid online survey was available to give all residents a chance to provide input. That portion of the survey drew 15,000 responses.

The research follows a similar survey in 2019 and serves as a source of information for County leaders about the services residents think are most important and their overall satisfaction with Hillsborough County. The survey polled residents on a number of local quality-of-life issues, including transportation, jobs, affordable housing, parks, and engagement with Hillsborough County government.

The survey was conducted between April 29 and June 24, 2021 and has a margin of error of 2.6 percent and 5.2 percent for each of the four commission districts. Complete results of the survey can be found here.

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