Survey shows residents rave about city

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published August 13, 2013

ROCHESTER HILLS — In a recent public opinion survey, the city received a whopping 99 percent approval rating.

“This represents the highest total since 1991,” said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett during an announcement celebration Aug. 8 at the Village of Rochester Hills shopping center. “Rochester Hills received an overwhelming positive report, despite some challenging times over the past few years.”

The Oakland University Public Affairs Research Laboratory conducts a citywide residential survey every two years, contracted by city officials to gauge resident trends and perceptions.

Barnett said polled residents cited several main reasons why they choose to live in Rochester Hills — in particular, the school system and the reputation of the community. Residents praised city staffers, and nine out of 10 of them had a positive experience with the city.

The city’s parks, trails and recycling program received high satisfaction ratings, and 99 percent of residents polled said they feel very safe in their home, neighborhood and city. Just 2 percent of residents surveyed said they were unsatisfied with the city’s recycling program.

According to OU PARL officials, the survey has been conducted every two years since 1990, with a purpose to assess resident perceptions of existing services and programs, possible future services, and funding. The PARL survey contacted 800 residents pulled from city voter registration rolls.

The survey results announcement celebration included high school pep bands, the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies mascot and lots of smiles. Geoff Brouhard, Rochester High School marching band director, said the pep band was excited about the survey results. “We are excited and happy to represent the city’s wonderful school system and music programs that are supported by this community,” he said. “When the mayor called, we said we’d be there.”

“Great schools happen because families and communities work together,” said Avondale School District Supervisor George Heitsch.

Barnett said he is interested in hearing personal stories of life in Rochester Hills.

“We want to hear from you,” he said. “What is important to you? Tell us in a story, a video, a letter, a Facebook post or a picture. Submit entries to City Hall, and if chosen, they will be featured in my 2014 State of the City Address.”

More information about submissions can be found at