Journal article

Satisfied Residents in Different Types of Local Areas: Measuring What's Most Important

Rod McCrea, Tung-Kai Shyy, Robert J Stimson

Social Indicators Research | SPRINGER | Published : 2014


In efforts to enhance subjective urban quality of life (QOL), most empirical research focuses on measuring satisfaction. However, other research suggests most residents are satisfied with where they live because they choose local areas which satisfy them on attributes important to them, within the constraints they face. Thus residents choosing very different local areas tend to have similar satisfaction levels. Rather than focusing on residential satisfaction in local areas, it may be useful to focus on residential preferences to both characterize and improve subjective urban QOL in local areas. This study compares satisfaction and preference measures in four broad types of urban environment..

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