Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, 2011-2012
PittsburghTODAY and the University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR) are pleased to release a distillation
of the findings of the Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, the most extensive survey of the residents of Greater Pittsburgh since the historic Pittsburgh Survey was
published in 1908. Our intent in undertaking this survey was to use the most reliable methods possible to understand the behaviors and attitudes of Greater
Pittsburgh´s citizens. We believe that this survey provides information that can be valuable both as an historic document and as a guide to inform decisions
about this region´s future. We plan to repeat this survey in future years to gauge our progress in improving the quality of life in the region.
This report contains facts and opinions about life in Greater Pittsburgh, given by the people who live here. The survey focuses
on 10 major areas: arts & culture, economy, education, environment, government, health, housing & neighborhood, public safety, transportation
and overall quality of life. The Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey is based on landline and cell telephone interviews with more than 1,800 residents
of a region that comprises 32 counties in four states.
The sampling strategy we used allows us to compare and summarize findings for Pittsburgh, Allegheny county, the seven-county metropolitan
statistical area (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties), and the "Power of 32" Greater Pittsburgh
region (including parts of Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Additionally, we have "oversampled" African
American citizens in order to obtain a statistically valid portrait of their lives and how their conditions and attitudes compare with citizens of other
races across the region.
Read the full report
Detailed Data Tables
Young Adults Report