Satisfaction with life and local area among people who work in the Cambridge area

Results from the Cambridge Ahead Quality of Life Survey

by Bryn Garrod, Catherine L. Saunders, Marco Hafner, Christian Van Stolk

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In light of the continuing economic success of the Cambridge area, Cambridge Ahead, a membership organisation of large Cambridge area employers, set up its Quality of Life project to answer the following questions:

  • Is living in the Cambridge area an attractive proposition?
  • What does the answer to the first question mean for developing the Cambridge area not only as a place to work but also as somewhere to live?

This report is an analysis of a survey that RAND Europe conducted in 2014 on the employees of the Cambridge Ahead membership and a small number of other organisations. The survey explored respondents' experiences of local services, and their satisfaction with the local area and with their lives overall. We outline the main findings below:

  • Housing and traffic are the areas of most concern.
  • Respondents are satisfied with other local services and amenities.
  • Satisfaction with local services and amenities varies across demographic groups.
  • People who work in Cambridge live across a wide area.
  • There are noticeable differences between people living inside and outside the city.
  • Satisfaction with different areas is associated with satisfaction with local services and amenities.
  • Satisfaction with leisure, education and health facilities shows a significant relationship to local-area satisfaction.
  • The results suggest a significant relationship between local-area satisfaction and life satisfaction.
  • Making the Cambridge area a better place to live requires a rounded approach.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Local services and issues in the Cambridge area

  • Chapter Three

    Drivers of life and local area satisfaction

  • Chapter Four

    Further areas for examination

  • Appendix A

    Organisations in the sample

  • Appendix B

    Methods

  • Appendix C

    Cambridge Ahead Quality of Life Survey

  • Appendix D

    Survey questions measuring local area and life satisfaction, personal factors, and satisfaction with local services

  • Appendix E

    Location of respondents

  • Appendix F

    Drivers analysis coefficients, confidence intervals and p-values

  • Appendix G

    Variation in satisfaction with local services across different personal characteristics

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