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National Citizen Survey
Q: What is the National Citizen Survey? 

A: The National Citizen Survey is a scientific study which is used to measure resident opinion across eight indicators of community livability: safety, mobility, natural environment, built environment, economy, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, and community engagement. The National Citizen Survey is conducted by the National Research Center and is the only survey endorsed by the International City/County Management Association and the National League of Cities. To learn more about the National Citizen Survey or the National Research Center, visit

Q: What is the purpose of conducting the National Citizen Survey?

A: Conducting a community-wide survey provides Newton City Staff and Newton City Council valuable information about the needs and desires of residents. Staff and Council then use this information for strategic planning purposes.

Q: Who took the National Citizen Survey in Newton?

A: The survey was mailed to 1,200 randomly selected Newton households between April 21 and May 5, 2014. Of the 1,200 surveys sent out, 317 were completed and returned.

2014 National Citizen Survey
2014 Community Livability Report
This National Citizen Survey report is about the "livability" of Newton. This report uses data from the 2014 survey, and explains the data by breaking it into three measurements of livability--Community Characteristics, Governance, and Participation.

2014 NCS Technical Appendices
This National Citizen Survey report includes all of the data collected through the National Citizen Survey, including complete survey results, benchmark comparisons, detailed survey methods, and copies of the survey materials.

Historic Surveys
2012 Newton Community Attitude Survey
This non-scientific study was conducted by City Staff. Data from this survey was used for the creation of Newton's Future: A Comprehensive Plan.

2001 Newton Community Attitude Survey
This scientific survey was conducted by the City of Newton and the United Way of Newton in cooperation with the Iowa State University Community Development Data Information and Analysis Laboratory.

1995 Newton Community Attitude Survey
This scientific survey was conducted by the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Iowa State University.