Quality of Life

Quality of life indicators can measure different domains of life to paint a holistic picture of residents’ well being. Life domains used to measures quality of life include satisfaction with community, family, work, social life, and health. Measures of quality of life can be objective or subjective and may be dependent on citizens’ priorities and needs. Many different measures and dimensions are needed to begin to understand the complexity of quality of life in a community. Quality of life indicators are important because they measure social progress, something that many economic indicators cannot measure. Understanding what contributes to the well-being of residents is important policy makers to make decisions where resources are needed.