Spatial nature of urban well-being

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2018
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en
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15
1-15
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REGIONAL STUDIES
Abstract
The evidence for connections between subjective well-being and spatial factors remains inconclusive, especially with respect to the immediate living environment. To fill this gap, this paper explores the relationship between individual-level subjective well-being and spatial variables in urban areas. This resolution is achieved by utilizing finely divided geographical information system (GIS)-based neighbourhood data, and controlling for objective and subjective spatial characteristics, as well as socio-spatial factors. The results suggest that subjective well-being has some spatial nature, but the direction of these relationships is highly dependent on the subjective well-being measure used. For example, central pedestrian zones flourish in terms of quality of life, whereas the highest happiness is reported in car-oriented zones. Overall, subjective spatial characteristics are more important for well-being than objective ones.
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cities, happiness, inequality, quality of life, subjective well-being, urbanization
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Ala-Mantila, S, Heinonen, J, Junnila, S & Saarsalmi, P 2018, ' Spatial nature of urban well-being ', Regional Studies, vol. 52, no. 7, pp. 959-973 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2017.1360485