Jefferson County residents report better finances in annual survey

Jefferson County residents report better finances in annual survey
Jefferson County survey of the community. (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Jefferson County residents are almost twice as likely to say their financial situation has improved than they are to say it's gotten worse.

Jefferson Community College’s annual community survey shows 30 percent says they’re better off financially than they were the year before and 17 percent say they’re worse off.

The survey was presented to the county Legislature Tuesday night.

At 32 percent, the number of people who say their situation is poor is the lowest it's been in the 20 years JCC's Center for Community Studies has surveyed county residents.

It was as high as 66 percent in 2001 and 55 percent in 2014.

Overall satisfaction dipped slightly in 2019 compared to 2018. Quality of life perceptions improved dramatically from 2014 to 2018 and was its highest between 2016 and 2018.

Satisfaction, surveyors said, returned to average levels in 2019.

Downtown Watertown was the only quality-of-life indicator that showed significant improvement in 2019, with 35 percent rating it "excellent" or "good."

Downtown's "poor" rating was at its lowest at 15 percent. It's "poor" rating was as high as 39 percent in 2004.

New for the survey this year were 11 survey items to measure residents’ personal opinions of such issues as same-sex relationships, climate change, gun control, and abortion.

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