The Quality of Life in Metro Detroit at the Beginning of the Millennium

  • Robert W. MaransEmail author
  • Byoung-Suk Kweon
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)


The chapter gives an overview of a 2001 quality of urban life (QOUL) study of metropolitan Detroit area residents. Metro Detroit consists of seven contiguous Southeast Michigan counties, one of which contains the state’s largest city, Detroit. A survey of over 4,000 adult residents was the primary source of information while supplemental data about the physical and social environments associated with the respondents were also collected. A major purpose of the study was to inform policy makers and planners on conditions in the region at the beginning of the twenty-first century and establish a benchmark for measuring environmental and social changes that were expected to occur over future decades. Another purpose was to better understand relationships between residents’ perceptions, evaluations, and behaviors and the urban conditions to which they were responding. Following an overview of Metro Detroit, the approach used in carrying out the research is discussed. Selected findings covering quality of life (QOL), QOUL, and other topics (neighborhoods and neighboring, transportation, and prospects for the future) are then presented. The uses of findings for policy and planning are discussed along with key lessons learned from the study.


Life Satisfaction Satisfaction Score Public Transit World Value Survey Metro Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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