Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey

Report by University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research, PittsburghTODAY

University Center for Social and Urban Research   (Pittsburgh)

The University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR) and PittsburghTODAY produced 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.