City survey shows Austinites feel less safe in downtown in 2019

Talk 1370 Newsroom
February 15, 2020 - 9:24 am
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AUSTIN ( -- A newly-released city survey says Austinites feel less safe downtown, compared to recent years.

The annual survey, which is conducted each year by third-party consultant ETC Institute, collected 2,049 responses from across the city - including a minimum of 200 from each of the city's 10 council districts.

Downtown safety saw one of the biggest year-over-year jumps in the survey, with 55 percent of this year's respondents saying they didn't feel safe walking in the downtown area alone at night. It's a 12 percent jump from last year's survey. During the day, 19 percent of respondents said they don't feel safe walking alone - a jump of 10 percent from the 2018 survey.

Despite respondents' concerns about safety in the downtown area, overall the survey showed citizens generally feel safe in their neighborhoods and homes, and are generally satisfied with City services. Survey respondents also rated Austin above the national average for large U.S. cities as a place to work, to live, and to raise children.

Data from the surveys back to 2013 can be viewed on the city's website.

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