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Lower Relative Life Satisfaction And Other Takeaways From A New Survey On Livability In LA

File: Traffic comes to a stand still on the northbound and the southbound lanes of the Interstate 405 freeway near Los Angeles International Airport.
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A new study released by LABarometer found that for Angelenos, traffic is a less important factor in neighborhood satisfaction than social trust, cleanliness and safety.

A new survey from USC is attempting to track affordability, livability, mobility and sustainability in L.A. County by checking in with the same 1,700 residents every quarter for the next 10 years.

A new survey from USC is attempting to track affordability, livability, mobility and sustainability in L.A. County by checking in with the same 1,700 residents every quarter for the next 10 years. 

The first results from the LABarometer’s livability survey are in and one of the takeaways is that L.A. County residents report lower life satisfaction than the national average. Higher earners in L.A. are also not as satisfied as the average national resident. And renters in L.A. County think they can afford more, regardless of how much they’re making. 

We dive into the survey results.

Guest:

Kyla Thomas, associate sociologist at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, where she is the director of LA Barometer, a new 10 year quarterly survey of social conditions and attitudes in L.A. County

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