Subjective Quality of Life in Queensland: Comparing Metropolitan, Regional and Rural Areas

  • Rod McCreaEmail author
  • Mark Western
  • Tung-Kai Shyy
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)


The chapter provides a comparison of the subjective assessment of quality of life (QOL) across different scales of urban communities in Queensland, Australia. Univariate and multivariate analyses of survey data relating to respondents’ assessments of four main attributes of urban environments are presented, namely, access to services and facilities, noise pollution, incivilities and social capital. Specific hypotheses are tested to determine if and how subjective QOUL in regional cities and towns differ from those in metropolitan and rural areas, and which main attributes of urban environments best distinguish regional cities and towns from metropolitan and rural areas.


Social Capital Urban Environment Urban Center Discriminant Function Analysis Noise Pollution 
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The 2008 Living in Queensland Survey was funded as part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (#LP0775040) with additional support from the Queensland Public Sector Union (QPSU).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Social Science ResearchThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Geography, Planning and Environmental ManagementThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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