Cities Populating World Wide Web

WASHINGTON (05/03/2000) - Cities are quickly joining the electronic government craze by providing information and services online, an informal National League of Cities poll has found.

The poll, conducted at the March 11-14 Congressional City Conference, found that 89 percent of the 395 respondents said their city has a World Wide Web site.

The respondents' cities were not tracked, so some cities could be represented more than once, said Randy Arndt, a NLC spokesperson. However, Arndt said he doubted there was a lot of overlap and more than 300 cities likely were represented.

Although unscientific, Arndt said the survey is still useful. "In terms of indicating the extent to which municipal cities have gone on line, it's a good indicator that there's a lot going on," he said.

In 1996, a survey of cities found that 38 percent had a home page.

Of the 89 percent who indicated their city had a Web site, the survey also found:

* 72 percent said requests and comments could be submitted online.

* 58 percent said forms and other information could be downloaded from the site.

* 31 percent said people could complete and submit forms and applications online.

* 8 percent said that people could conduct financial transactions online.

* 79 percent said municipal staff members manage their Web.

* 6 percent said they allow advertising on their site.

The survey also showed that the larger the city is, the more likely it is that it has a Web site. Following is a breakdown of respondents, showing the percentage that have Web sites within certain population groups:

* 99 percent with a population of 100,000 and above.

* 95 percent with a population between 50,000 and 100,000.

* 93 percent with a population between 25,000 and 50,000.

* 87 percent with a population between 10,000 and 25,000.

* 60 percent with a population under 10,000.

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