OKC Among the best in U.S.

From coast to coast, there aren’t many people as happy with their hometown as Oklahoma City residents are with theirs.

Resident satisfaction ratings with Oklahoma City as a place to live are among the highest in the U.S., according to this year’s Citizen Survey.

The City of Oklahoma City uses annual resident surveys to get feedback on service quality, priorities and overall performance. The City Council considers the surveys when setting Council Priorities, which are used to form the annual City budget

“We’re proud of the way residents feel about Oklahoma City,” said City Manager Craig Freeman. “We’ll use the resident feedback to focus on where we need continued improvements. With the leadership of our City Council, we’re working to maintain the City’s momentum and our residents’ support.”

Nearly nine out of 10 residents think Oklahoma City is an “excellent” or “good” place to live. The national average for large American cities (population 250,000+) is about half.

The City’s top challenge is the same almost every year: street conditions. Only about 11% of residents are happy with street conditions, the same as last year and up 2% from 2017. About four in five residents list it in their top three priorities for the next two years.

The voter-approved Better Streets, Safer City program is under way now to address those concerns and more. Most of the $1.2 billion infrastructure investment program is dedicated to streets and related projects. Visit okc.gov/BetterSafer for maps, lists and more.

Chris Tatham of ETC Institute delivered the survey results during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The full survey is available at okc.gov/satisfaction.


Resident satisfaction with City services was generally slightly improved in this year’s survey compared to 2018.

The only City service category to decline in satisfaction ratings by 3% or more compared to 2018 was how well City employees handled customer service issues, whic