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Boise State Survey Reveals Concerns About Rapidly Growing Community, Opioid Use

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- Treasure Valley Survey author Justin Vaughn said Treasure Valley residents are happy with their quality of life. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Treasure Valley Survey author Justin Vaughn said Treasure Valley residents are happy with their quality of life.
More Treasure Valley residents worry about opiate abuse than domestic violence or sexual assault, according to the second annual "Treasure Valley Survey," put out by the Boise State University School of Public Service.

“People view the opioid problem as a public health problem, not a criminal justice problem,” said School of Public Service survey director Justin Vaughn.

The survey touched on a broad swath of topics from transportation and the economy to safety and taxation. Almost half—45 percent—of respondents are “extremely or very concerned” about opioid abuse while only 20 percent are “extremely concerned” about domestic violence or sexual assault.

Overall satisfaction with the quality of life in the Treasure Valley, however, is extremely high, with 91.6 percent of respondents saying their lives here are "excellent" or "good." When asked about their neighborhoods, even more (93.6 percent) gave their lives high ratings.

"If you compare this to other communities, this is a really impressive number," Vaughn said.

Conducting the survey, the School of Public Service polled 1,000 adults on landlines and cell phones in Ada, Canyon, Boise, Gem, and Owyhee counties. The margin for error was +/-3.1 percent.

Here are some of the most eyebrow-raising findings from the survey this year:
  • 87.3 percent of respondents said the Treasure Valley is "welcoming" or "somewhat welcoming" to people of different religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds

  • 48.1 percent of respondents rated the quality of K-12 public schools "excellent" or "good"

  • 54.9 percent of respondents said the Treasure Valley is growing too fast, a 10.4 percent increase over 2016

  • 40.8 percent of respondents said there are "a lot" of jobs available in the Treasure Valley for people seeking work

  • 34 percent of respondents said they want their local government to spend tax dollars on public transportation; 20.9 percent opted for preserving open spaces

  • 73.9 percent of respondents said the Treasure Valley could use more mass transportation options, a 7 percent increase over 2016

  • 80 percent of respondents said they own their own home

  • 61.9 percent of respondents favored extending local option taxation power to all Idaho communities
See related PDF 2017_Official_Treasure_Valley_Report.pdf

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