Park City visioning draws lots of input from whites, little from minorities
The vast majority of people who responded to a key survey that is critical to City Hall’s efforts to craft a vision for the community through 2030 are white, numbers released by the firm hired to lead the efforts show.
A firm called Future iQ is essentially managing the efforts, known as visioning, and at an event on Wednesday evening at the Christian Center of Park City offered some statistics about the people who completed a nonscientific survey designed to provide numbers that will be used to drive the discussion.
The survey had received more than 650 responses by early in the week, City Hall said in a report drafted in anticipation of a Park City Council meeting that was held on Thursday. According to Future iQ, nearly 86 percent of the people who have taken the survey are white. Another nearly 5.9 percent of the people are Hispanic or Latino, the survey found. Hispanics or Latinos are the only racial minority group living in the Park City area in significant numbers. The numbers indicated approximately 5.4 percent of the people preferred not to answer while Asians or Pacific Islanders accounted for 1.3 percent of the respondents. The number of people who are multiracial or Native American or American Indian was tallied to be less than 1 percent combined.
The approximately 5.9 percent of respondents who are Hispanic or Latino indicates those segments of the population did not answer the survey at a high rate as compared to their percentage of the population. The U.S. Census Bureau in 2017 estimated 16.6 percent of the population of Park City is Hispanic or Latino, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percent. Park City leaders over the years have attempted to engage Latinos through a wide range of programs with mixed success.
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Another set of important survey numbers shows the neighborhoods where the respondents live. A little more than half — 51.3 percent — live within the Park City limits. Of the respondents inside Park City, the most people — upward of 17.6 percent — live in Park Meadows while another 12.2 percent live in Old Town. Nearly 11 percent live in Prospector followed by Thaynes Canyon, lower Deer Valley, upper Deer Valley and Aspen Springs.
The numbers indicate just less than 44 percent of the respondents live and work within the Park City limits with another 19.7 percent working in Park City but living somewhere else. Nearly 7 percent of the respondents have a vacation home in Park City or live in the city on a part-time basis.
Approximately 28 percent have lived or worked in Park City for between 11 and 20 years, the most popular answer, followed by between six and 10 years, at 20.5 percent, and up to five years, at 19.5 percent.
The respondents indicated they are interested in topics that are also some of the priorities at City Hall. The most popular answer was community development and planning, drawing 13.7 percent, followed by environmental, at 13.5 percent, transportation, with 13.3 percent, and affordability, drawing 11.6 percent.
The numbers were compiled as part of the broad visioning efforts. Future iQ representatives led a gathering on Wednesday night at the Christian Center of Park City and the Park City Council on Thursday received an update about the efforts.
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