Social Indicators Research

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 121–152 | Cite as

Testing a Moderated Model of Satisfaction with Urban Living using Data for Brisbane-South East Queensland, Australia

  • Rod MccreaEmail author
  • Robert Stimson
  • John Western


Using survey data collected from households living in the Brisbane-South East Queensland region, a rapidly growing metropolis in Australia, path analysis is used to test links between urban residents’ assessment of various urban attributes and their level of satisfaction in three urban domains-housing, neighbourhood or local area, and the wider metropolitan region – moderated by selected demographic characteristics of respondents. The analysis also shows the relative contribution of those urban domains to overall life satisfaction. Neighbourhood satisfaction is shown to be much less important in predicting overall life satisfaction than is satisfaction with housing and the region. However, neighbourhood satisfaction impacts indirectly on overall life satisfaction, mediated by regional satisfaction and housing satisfaction. In predicting regional satisfaction, the cost of living and government service provision are shown to be most important, with pollution important for younger people and parents, while improvements to transport systems are more important for the baby boomer generation. Neighbourhood satisfaction is best predicted by neighbourhood interaction and perceived crime, with neighbourhood interaction being more important for older people, while perceived crime is more important for younger and single people. Access to facilities is a poor predictor of neighbourhood satisfaction, except for parents. Satisfaction with housing is shown to be best predicted by housing age, temperature and home ownership. However, larger homes are important for parents, while young people prefer smaller homes. The importance of various urban attributes does not vary between genders. While material concerns like the cost of living and the provision of services are shown to be primary factors underlying overall satisfaction with urban living, the importance of environmental issues and demand for smaller homes might be expected to increase over time.


community satisfaction housing satisfaction life satisfaction neighbourhood satisfaction path analysis perception quality of life regional satisfaction survey research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research into Sustainable Urban and and Regional Futures, School of Geography Planning and ArchitectureUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Social Research Centre, School of Social ScienceUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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