Economy & Economic Development  July 8, 2021

Survey: Half of Longmonters have ‘perfect’ live-work balance

LONGMONT — One in two respondents for the Longmont Economic Development Partnership’s 2021 Workforce Perceptions Study said the city’s businesses and amenities offer “the perfect work/life balance.”

“The survey highlights the deep appreciation residents have for this community, and the active choice people make to live and work here,” LEDP CEO Jessica Erickson said in a statement accompanying the survey summary. “Longmont has a vibrant economy, it’s full of energy, it’s a great place to work, and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family.”

The survey asked respondents to weigh in on issues such as safety, cost of living, access to entertainment and restaurants, access to outdoor-recreation activities, the quality of the schools, and workplace-advancement opportunities.

Housing access and affordability were extremely important issues for respondents, and many noted that the city has “shortcomings” in these areas. 

Other notable results from the survey include:

  • 54% of respondents said Longmont’s schools are excellent.
  • More than 70% of respondents reported that outdoor recreation is both very important and very accessible.
  • 53% of respondents said Longmont is a “welcoming and respectful” community.
  • 52% of respondents felt that the city is a safe place to live.

“Despite the uncertainty of last year, we continue to see growth and expansion in Longmont,” Erickson said in a statement. “Businesses move or expand here because of the availability of local talent, support they receive, and the opportunity to build and grow. People choose to work here because of the work-life balance, innovative companies, and strong business community. People live here for access to recreation, top-notch schools, as well as a feeling that Longmont offers a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment.”

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