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Nine hundred residents shared their views through telephone and online opinion surveys conducted in the first half of 2019. Key findings are summarized, including ratings for different aspects of life in Flint. Ratings are based on a scale of one to five, in which five means “very positive” and one means “very negative.” For more information about how the ratings were calculated, see Methodology.


This section highlights survey results regarding what’s working and what needs improvement. If a section of Focus on Flint does not include information about Things to Celebrate or Things to Improve, it’s because the survey didn’t yield responses to fit the categories.


In addition to results of the opinion survey, Focus on Flint shares information that local nonprofit organizations and agencies have reported hearing from the residents they serve.


Support for the organizations and programs presented in bold text includes funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which produced this report. To learn more, visit the Foundation’s website,


Each section includes data and statistics that illuminate strengths of the Flint community and highlight challenges. These facts were collected through opinion surveys of Flint residents; from city, state and federal agencies; and from local nonprofit organizations. The Flint surveys were conducted in the first half of 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all remaining data are from 2018.


This section highlights organizations and programs working to address issues in the Flint community and provides information about how to connect with them.


Focus on Flint explores nine important issues facing the local community: Arts and Culture, Economy, Education, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Quality of Life, Standard of Living and Water. This section describes why each issue is critical to the community and summarizes work underway.


A total of 838 residents contributed to this Focus on Flint report by responding to the 2023 Quality of Life Survey and sharing their views about various aspects of life in Flint, challenges facing the community, and the performance of local, state and national leaders. Their responses were collected through telephone and online interviews conducted between August 10 and August 23 of 2023 by FM3 Research, a nationally respected opinion research firm. FM3 weighted results reflect Flint demographics, resulting in a statistically valid sample with a margin of error of less than 5% at the 95% confidence interval.

Respondents answered many survey questions with a number from one to five to help capture intensity of feeling, with one meaning “very negative” and five meaning “very positive.” In addition, FM3 asked questions to measure residents’ overall ratings for key aspects of life in Flint. The answers to those questions from 2019 to 2023 were used to calculate the annual ratings that appear in each section of the report.


To complement the resident survey, Focus on Flint includes data and statistics about life in the community from many different sources. Additional data sources for this report include: the city of Flint, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, University of Michigan Office of Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems Center, and U.S. Census Bureau. Information about attendance at community events and other local projects is provided by Flint area nonprofits. Information about the educational landscape in Flint was provided by Data Driven Detroit. Original sources for that data are included on Education: A Deeper Dive.

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