Quality of life is the well-being of individuals, communities and societies. It is a comprehensive measure that can be used to evaluate efforts to improve cities and nations. The following are examples of things that impact quality of life.
HealthAverage life expectancy, low infant mortality and access to quality healthcare.
Air QualityAir that is relatively free of particulates and other air pollution.
Water QualityA resilient supply of clean water that is free of contaminants and chemical pollution.
Food QualityAccess to a resilient, diverse and healthy supply of food.
Standard of LivingWealth and material comfort.
EducationBasic literacy, education level and access to education.
KnowledgeAccess to knowledge resources such as an open internet, books and research tools.
HappinessThe self-reported happiness of individuals. It is difficult to say that a city or nation has a high quality of life if everyone is unhappy.
SafetyRisks related to crime and accidents such as traffic accidents or workplace injury.
Freedom from FearHow safe you feel to take an evening walk.
CommunityA sense of attachment and comradery with those around you.
Freedom of SpeechSpeaking your mind without fear of retaliation by government or organizations such as a political movement.
Human RightsInalienable rights such as life, personal liberty and freedom of religion.
Legal RightsBasic legal rights such as due process.
PrivacyThe right to communicate and live aspects of your life unobserved and unrecorded as you choose.
Public SpaceAccess to green spaces, areas of exceptional nature such as beaches and land that can be used for sports, recreation, social interaction and personal reflection.
CultureA life surrounded by culture such as food, architecture, music, fashion, film and art.
Profession & CreativityProfessional satisfaction and the ability to produce and create.
Physical ActivityRobust expressions of health such as walking, jogging or dancing.
TransportationAccess to transportation that isn't stressful or time-consuming.
ProximityLiving close to the things you need. For example, a long commute is often cited as having an impact on quality of life.
ResilienceLiving in a community that is resilient to disaster and decline.
SustainabilityThe knowledge that your actions aren't damaging other people or the environment.
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