Survey: Most New Yorkers Satisfied With Quality of Life

By Petr Svab
Petr Svab
Petr Svab
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Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.
October 17, 2013 Updated: October 8, 2018

NEW YORK—Most New Yorkers are satisfied with the quality of life the city offers. That is according to an opinion poll released Thursday by the Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Although a 2 percent drop since last year, in general 82 percent of New Yorkers are satisfied living in the city; of those, 30 percent are very satisfied, according to the survey. More specifically, 84 percent are satisfied, or very satisfied, with their neighborhoods. In contrast, every third Latino and every fifth African-American is dissatisfied living in his or her neighborhood.

Compared to last year, security is no longer the biggest issue of concern, now it is unemployment (rising from 22 to 46 percent).

Almost half the respondents (48 percent) are dissatisfied with opportunities to experience culture in their neighborhoods, such as access to museums and the arts.

Throughout the survey, people living in the Bronx reported the highest dissatisfaction and security concerns. Also, nearly every third person living in the Bronx felt the borough to be underrated, and 40 percent regarded it as the most affordable.

The Marist Poll was conducted from  Aug. 19 to 22 and included 1,000 New York City residents older than 18 years of age.

Petr Svab
reporter
Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.