According to the 2021 population survey, the city of Zurich is rated very positively as a place to live and live. The situation is similar with urban development.
The city of Zurich has been carrying out the population survey since 1999 – for the eleventh time in 2021. This year’s results occurred under certain conditions: Various measures to contain the coronavirus were in place during the survey period.
Nevertheless, the results are largely positive from the point of view of the city of Zurich: The overwhelming majority of the population like to live in Zurich, feel safe and well represented by the authorities. As in previous years, the majority of people rate quality of life as high to very high.
The focus topics were urban development and traffic
In addition to the unchanged part of the questionnaire, the topics of urban development and transport are the focus of the survey this year. The results show: 80 percent of Zurich residents are of the opinion that the city of Zurich has developed in a positive direction.
When it comes to transport, the residents use public transport most frequently – even though, due to the pandemic, their use was less intensive in 2021 than in previous years. Satisfaction with public transport remains high.
Perception of the problem was also important in the survey
At the same time, when asked about the biggest problems currently facing the city of Zurich, the percent most frequently mentioned traffic, 48. These included answers in connection with public transport, car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic as well as the topic of parking spaces.
From the point of view of the population of Zurich, the second biggest problem is the scarce, inexpensive living space, 37 percent. The corona pandemic, ten percent, follows in third place by a large margin.
The survey is an important reference framework for the city council and the city administration
The results based on the responses of 5382 people. THEY give the city council and the city administration an important framework for the further development of their services and activities. The next population survey will take place in 2023.
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