Spatial nature of urban well-being

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  • University of Iceland
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare

Abstract

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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-973
Number of pages15
JournalRegional Studies
Volume52
Issue number7
Early online date15 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • cities, happiness, inequality, quality of life, subjective well-being, urbanization

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