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An Ecological Economics Capital Stock Approach to Quality of Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

Andrews, C., Antonucci, J., Augeri, S., Berliet, E., Birkby, M., Brennan, W., Brown, E., Brundige, M., Buechler, M., Cohen, M., Coleman, C., Coogan, C., Cooper, A., Costello, K., Crane, M., D'Aversa, A., Davis, A., DeCelles, J., Delgado, A., DiBiccari, M., Dudley, H., Dye, J., Effler, A., Egbers, M., Freeman, P., Gilmartin, M., Graves, E., Hall, M., Hancock, C., Harrison, E., Hartz, E., Hayes, K., Herold-Lind, C., Holthaus, R., Hubbard, D., Johansson, H., Junger, L., Kelly, B., Kelly, J., Kirschner, A., Klein, A., Martin, M., Marvin, I., McCreight, C., O'Donoghue, B., Palmer, M., Parke, B., Pearlstein, A., Randall, J., Reeves, C., Rosa, D., Smith, C., Smith, J., Sterling, R., Sullivan, C., Van Etten, T., Verinis, A., Virchick, P., Voinov, A., Waters, J.

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Previous surveys
Previous Surveys Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA


1 – New North End Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

2 – Old North End

3 – Downtown

4 – Collegetown

5 – Northeast

6 – The Hill

7 – Pine Street

8 – South End

Eight Neighborhoods

Thanks to Margaret Bozik from

CEDO Burlington, and Eric

Brown our resident pizza guy!


Survey questions
Survey Questions Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

  • Neighborhood Identity

  • Built Capital

  • Natural Capital

  • Human Capital

  • Social Capital

  • Total Quality of Life

  • Demographics

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Neighborhood identity
Neighborhood Identity Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

Please rank the top five regions according to which ones you most identify with as your home, from 1 (most identify) to 5 (least identify).


Importance vs happiness
Importance vs. Happiness Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

For questions rating For questions rating

importance: happiness:

[1] Very important [1] Very happy

[2] Important [2] Happy

[3] Neither important [3] Neither happy

or unimportant or unhappy

[4] Unimportant [4] Unhappy

[5] Very unimportant [5] Very unhappy

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Built capital
Built Capital Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

How important are the things you own or rent (for example, your home, car, furniture, clothes, etc.) to your happiness and quality of life?

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Mean Importance: Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

Home 1.58

Food & Drink 1.85

Transportation 2.24

Entertainment 2.64

Cons. Durables 2.67

Pers. Access. 2.67

Mean Happiness:

Food & Drink 1.77

Home 1.85

Entertainment 2.08

Transportation 2.12

Pers. Access. 2.16

Cons. Durables 2.19


City Wide Built Capital Happiness Life Assessment in Burlington, Vermont, USA

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Are you happy with your current family or personal yearly income?

Percent “Yes” for Burlington = 66%


If not, how much more income per year income?

would you need to be satisfied?


Natural capital
Natural Capital income?

How important is the quality of the natural environment in which you live (for example, air, water, open space, cleanliness) to your happiness and quality of life?


Human capital
Human Capital income?

How important are investments made in yourself (for example, education, job skills, health, spirituality) to your happiness and quality of life?

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Social capital
Social Capital income?

How important are relationships with your family and friends to your happiness and quality of life?

How important are interactions with people in your neighborhood to your happiness and quality of life?


Total quality of life
Total Quality of Life income?

How would you rate your overall quality of life (on a scale from 1 [very high] to 5 [very low])?

Please distribute 100 points across the following four categories according to their importance to your overall quality of life.

Personal and public investments in your home, lifestyle, and neighborhood

Investments and access to the natural environment in or near your neighborhood

Your personal well-being and investments made in yourself

Your relationship with your family, friends, and community

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Student Effect? income?

Testing the Income Effect


Testing the Income Effect income?

Without Students

21% of respondents



Time allocation
Time Allocation income?

Please distribute 100 points across the following four categories according to their importance to your overall quality of life.

Personal and public investments in your home, lifestyle, and neighborhood

Investments and access to the natural environment in or near your neighborhood

Your personal well-being and investments made in yourself

Your relationship with your family, friends, and community


New north end
New North End income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 6 (1.95)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 4 (1.99)

Natural Capital 4 (2.01)

Human Capital 4 (2.11)

Social Capital 2 (2.01)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 4 (33%)

Volunteer Activities 3 (9%)

Household Chores 1 (21%)

Family Activities 2 (19%)

Personal Activities 8 (20%)

Percent with Health Ins. 4 (93%)

Home Ownership 1 (73%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income 2 (75%)


Old north end
Old North End income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 8 (2.10)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 7 (2.11)

Natural Capital 8 (2.35)

Human Capital 2 (2.00)

Social Capital 4 (2.25)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 2 (37%)

Volunteer Activities 5 (7%)

Household Chores 3 (19%)

Family Activities 8 (16%)

Personal Activities 6 (23%)

Percent with Health Ins. 8 (81%)

Home Ownership 4 (55%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income 7 (52%)


Downtown
Downtown income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 7 (2.10)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 8 (2.29)

Natural Capital 7 (2.34)

Human Capital 5 (2.13)

Social Capital 8 (2.38)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 7 (26%)

Volunteer Activities 7 (7%)

Household Chores 4 (18%)

Family Activities 6 (18%)

Personal Activities 2 (33%)

Percent with Health Ins. 5 (93%)

Home Ownership 7 (15%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income 5 (64%)


Collegetown
Collegetown income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 3 (1.88)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 5 (2.07)

Natural Capital 6 (2.31)

Human Capital 7 (2.22)

Social Capital 7 (2.33)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 5 (28%)

Volunteer Activities 8 (6%)

Household Chores 8 (14%)

Family Activities 3 (19%)

Personal Activities 1 (33%)

Percent with Health Ins. 7 (85%)

Home Ownership 6 (17%)

Satisfied w/ Yrly Income 8 (51%)


Northeast
Northeast income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 5 (1.95)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 3 (1.92)

Natural Capital 5 (2.21)

Human Capital 3 (2.08)

Social Capital 6 (2.27)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 6 (27%)

Volunteer Activities 2 (11%)

Household Chores 2 (20%)

Family Activities 7 (17%)

Personal Activities 4 (27%)

Percent with Health Ins. 1 (100%)

Home Ownership 8 (7%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income 3 (68%)


The hill
The Hill income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 1 (1.50)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 2 (1.88)

Natural Capital 1 (1.78)

Human Capital 1 (1.96)

Social Capital 1 (2.01)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 8 (24%)

Volunteer Activities 4 (8%)

Household Chores 7 (14%)

Family Activities 1 (26%)

Personal Activities 3 (29%)

Percent with Health Ins. 2 (98%)

Home Ownership 2 (73%)

Satisfied w/ Yrly Income 1 (77%)


Pine street
Pine Street income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 4 (1.89)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 6 (2.08)

Natural Capital 3 (1.98)

Human Capital 8 (2.22)

Social Capital 3 (2.14)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 3 (33%)

Volunteer Activities 6 (7%)

Household Chores 5 (17%)

Family Activities 5 (18%)

Personal Activities 5 (24%)

Percent with Health Ins. 6 (90%)

Home Ownership 5 (51%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income 6 (63%)


South end
South End income?

Ranking (Data)

Avg. Quality of Life 2 (1.85)

Avg. Happiness with:

Built Capital 1 (1.82)

Natural Capital 2 (1.92)

Human Capital 6 (2.22)

Social Capital 5 (2.26)

Avg. Time Spent doing:

Employment 1 (37%)

Volunteer Activities 1 (13%)

Household Chores 6 (15%)

Family Activities 4 (19%)

Personal Activities 7 (21%)

Percent with Health Ins. 3 (95%)

Home Ownership 3 (61%)

Satisfied with Yrly Income 4 (67%)



Thanks to
Thanks to: income?

  • Burlington Legacy Project (www.cedo.ci.burlington.vt.us/legacy/)

    • In particular the Community Indicators committee, Betsy Rosenbluth, and Sandra O’Flaherty.

  • Community and Economic Development Office (www.cedoburlington.org)

    • In particular Margaret Bozik and Beth Ruzansky.

  • UVM and Gund Faculty

    • In particular, Bob Costanza, Josh Farley, Lynne Bond, Matthew Wilson, Gary Flo, and Roel Boumans.

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Evolving analysis and results posted at

Evolving analysis and results posted at: income?

www.uvm.edu/~jdericks/QOL/

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