Spatial nature of urban well-being

  • Jukka Heinonen (University of Iceland) (Contributor)
  • Perttu Saarsalmi (National Institute for Health and Welfare) (Contributor)
  • Sanna Ala-Mantila (Creator)
  • Seppo Junnila (Creator)



<p>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 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.</p>
Date made available14 Sep 2017
  • Spatial nature of urban well-being

    Ala-Mantila, S., Heinonen, J., Junnila, S. & Saarsalmi, P., 2018, In: Regional Studies. 52, 7, p. 959-973 15 p.

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