The National Community Survey
The Nation's Premier Community Survey
Join hundreds of other local governments and get a representative picture of residents’ needs and perspectives with the nation’s premier community survey.
The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™) is developed and provided by National Research Center at Polco. We are here to help you move your community forward.
Versatile and Powerful Research
City managers and local government leaders across the nation use The National Community Survey (The NCS) to:
Engage residents safely and effectively
Free up staff time
Inform Budget Priorities and Capital Investments
Make evidence-based decisions
Guide economic recovery and growth
Tried and Trusted
The National Community Survey, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is the gold standard in community assessments today. This benchmarking survey provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of livability and resident perspectives about local government services, policies and management. Hundreds of communities in nearly every U.S. state conduct The NCS.
Our researchers use scientific survey methods and best practices of the modern day to guarantee valid findings and put your results into meaningful context. Results draw from the largest resident opinion database of its kind, representing well over 30 million Americans. The NCS compares local results with benchmarks compiled from surveys conducted across the U.S.
What Our Clients Say
County Executive, Baltimore County, MD
Budget Director, Johnson City, TN
The [survey] will provide another valuable source of community input as we begin drafting a new Master Plan and Strategic vision later this year...As we shift from planning to action, [the survey] will also provide benchmarks, allow us to track progress, and make comparisons to other communities.
City Manager, Kalamazoo, MI
Deputy City Manager, Fort Collins, CO
The National Community Survey Services
Interactive reporting of results on Polco (PDF download available)
Benchmark comparisons with more than 500 communities nationwide
Scientific survey methods to best reflect characteristics of your entire community
Wider Access Online
Open participation survey included in addition to the sampled survey
Tracking of results and response rates by geographic area and basic demographics
Survey conducted and analyzed by a data science practitioner
Voice of the People Awards
Communities that conduct The National Community Survey are eligible to participate in the Voice of the People (VOP) awards.