Spatial nature of urban well-being

Sanna Ala-Mantila, Jukka Heinonen, Seppo Junnila, Perttu Saarsalmi
2017 Figshare  
The evidence for connections between subjective well-being and spatial factors remains inconclusive, especially with respect to the immediate living environment. To fill this gap, this paper explores the relationship between individual-level subjective well-being and spatial variables in urban areas. This resolution is achieved by utilizing finely divided geographical information system (GIS)-based neighbourhood data, and controlling for objective and subjective spatial characteristics, as well
more » ... cteristics, as well as socio-spatial factors. The results suggest that subjective well-being has some spatial nature, but the direction of these relationships is highly dependent on the subjective well-being measure used. For example, central pedestrian zones flourish in terms of quality of life, whereas the highest happiness is reported in car-oriented zones. Overall, subjective spatial characteristics are more important for well-being than objective ones.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.5406253.v1 fatcat:tcqkc2dyvze2lp3c6l5n4hfeme