Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 51–64 | Cite as

Measuring Subjective Quality of Life: A Survey to Porto’s Residents



The evaluation of the urban quality of life has been an important aspect of the research concerning the contemporary city and an increasingly support to urban planning and management. As part of a project to monitor the quality of life in the city of Porto, a survey of the resident population was conducted in order to study the citizens’ perceptions of their local quality of life and its evolution in recent years. The opinions of individuals on their level of satisfaction with various fields of the urban quality of life are systematised, as well as their integrated assessment. This analysis is complemented by a multivariate analysis that allows the grouping of the interviewees in large homogenous groups and their social and economic characterisation. Based on the results achieved, we try to highlight the usefulness of the qualitative analysis of the quality of life to support the definition of urban policies.


Subjective quality of life Multivariate analysis City of Porto 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Delfim Santos
    • 1
  • Isabel Martins
    • 2
  • Paula Brito
    • 3
  1. 1.CEMPRE, Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Studies and Planning DepartmentPorto City CouncilPortoPortugal
  3. 3.LIAAD, Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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