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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 203–225 | Cite as

Quality of Life of Residents Living near Industrial Estates in Singapore

  • Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
  • Sim Wei Chung
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Abstract

Quality of life (QOL) studies are increasinglygaining the attention of urban planners due toits usefulness in assessing and monitoringpublic policies. With this in mind, an attemptwas made in this study to assess the quality oflife of residents staying near industrialestates in Jurong, Singapore using 18subjective life indicators to measure theoverall life satisfaction.Based on a 5-point Likert scale, health (4.48),family life (4.37) and public safety (4.13)emerged as the more important aspects, whileself-development (3.90), religion (3.60) andpolitics (2.74) were named by the respondentsto be among the least important. On thesatisfaction level, public safety (3.92),family life (3.88), and public utilities (3.78)were deemed to be among the most satisfiedaspects, while consumer goods (2.92), politics(2.91) and environment (2.89) were consideredto be among the least satisfied aspects. Therelationship between the different demographicvariables with overall life satisfaction werealso determined and five variables, namely,marital status, education level, occupation,household income and household size were foundto contribute significantly to the overall lifesatisfaction scores.Overall, the residents in Jurong were found tobe generally satisfied with their life, scoringa mean satisfaction rating of 3.687. It ishoped that the data gathered from this studycan be used by planners in formulating andimplementing future policies.

Keywords

Life Satisfaction Marital Status Likert Scale Household Income Family Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
    • 1
  • Sim Wei Chung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Real Estate, School of Design and EnvironmentNational University of SingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Singapore

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