The Village of Kingston is working on strategies to improve the quality of life for residents and grow local businesses and organizations. The DeKalb County Community Foundation provided funding to assist in this effort. As part of this process, the Village asked Northern Illinois University to survey area residents to learn what you think would make Kingston a better place to live, work or visit. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions. All responses will be confidential. If you would like to enter a drawing for a $50 gift card, provide your contact information at the end of the survey. Complete only one survey per household.  Click the done button to submit your completed survey. Thank you for helping with this important project.


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* 1. Where do you live?

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* 2. How many years have you lived in the Kingston area?

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* 3. How has the Kingston area changed over the past 3 years?

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* 4. Why did your household choose to live here (check all that apply)?

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* 5. What are the best things about living in the Kingston area?

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* 6. Do you currently:

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* 7. What would make Kingston a better place to live?

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* 8. What is your opinion about housing in Kingston?

  strongly agree somewhat agree somewhat disagree strongly disagree don't know
Most housing is in good condition
There are affordable homes to buy
Rents are affordable
Rental units are in good condition
Available housing choices meet my household's current needs

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* 9. Do you plan to move in the next 3 years?

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* 10. How many people in each age group live in your home?

  None One Two Three Four or more
0-12 years
13-21 years
22-44 years
45-64 years
65-79 years
80 years or older

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* 11. Of those over age 21, how many are

  None One Two Three Four or more
Employed full-time?
Employed part-time?
Unemployed, looking for work?
Unemployed, not looking for work?
Retired, work part-time?
Retired, not working?
Not working due to disability?

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* 12. Which of the following categories best matches your household income?

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* 13. Where do the adults in your household work? (check all that apply)

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* 14. Does anyone in your household operate a business in Kingston?

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* 15. Is anyone in your household interested in opening a business in Kingston?

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* 16. What recreational or entertainment activities would members of your household like to participate in that are currently not easily available nearby?

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* 17. Have any of the following brought members of your household into downtown Kingston in the past year (check all that apply)?

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* 18. Besides downtown, what else could be improved to make Kingston a better place to live?

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* 19. Which of the following would make it more  likely that members of your household would go to downtown Kingston (check all that apply)?

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* 20. Please provide additional comments on downtown such as what needs to be improved, what you like or don't like, or other items you feel are important.

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* 21. Which of the following businesses would your household use if they were available in Kingston (check all that apply)?

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* 22. What would you like to see the Kingston area be in the next three years? Please rate the following options in relative importance (on a scale from 1 to 4). Please do not rate more than three options as a 4 (very important). Kingston is a...

  1 Not Important 2 3 4 Very Important No Opinion
destination for young adults and families to live and work
growing community attracting new residents
diverse economic base including industry, services, commercial, agriculture and retail activities
community with access to high quality entertainment and recreation opportunities
community responsive to the needs of a growing healthy and active older adult population
place with quality jobs in growth industries
entrepreneurial environment with small business growth and success
place where high school graduates have a place in the local economy
residential community with a high quality of life that is home to people who work elsewhere
diverse community home to people of different ages, life stages, and income levels

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* 23. To help Kingston set short- and long-term goals/priorities for the next 3-5 years, please identify the assets and resources that are most important for our economic success.  Please do not rate more than three responses as a 4 (very important).

  1 Not Important 2 3 4 Very Important No Opinion
High quality recreational opportunities
High quality programs at Somonauk public schools
More unique retail businesses and services
Availability and diversity of local housing options
Affordable cost of living with access to essential services
Attractive and economically active downtown
Safe community with basic services and low crime
Strong local non-profit organizations
Village government actively pursuing economic and community development
Growing industry and business base
Available quality space for new businesses

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* 24. Which of the following would you or members of your household be willing to do to make Kingston a better place to live, work or visit (check all that apply)?

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* 25. If you would like to be contacted about opportunities to help improve Kingston or be entered in the drawing for a $50 gift card, please provide your contact information below.  Your responses will still be confidential.

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