Sense of Place
Overall life satisfaction
The overall life satisfaction indicator will report on the percent of Puget Sound residents that perceive different levels of life satisfaction. This indicator will be used as a baseline from which to assess changes in status for most of the other human wellbeing Vital Sign indicators. The overall life satisfaction indicator will also enable better understanding of how trends in environmental health or recovery efforts are affecting overall human wellbeing.
Overall life satisfaction
By: Response
Percentages of respondents who answered in each category, from 'Satisfied' to 'Dissatisfied', by question.

Key Vital Sign Indicator Results

  • The mean Life Satisfaction of the Puget Sound population is 1.452, equating to between “satisfied” and “somewhat satisfied”.  This is slightly higher than other regions of the United States, according to the World Happiness Report.
  • Respondents from San Juan County tended to report higher overall life satisfaction relative to those around them.
  • While demographics are generally poor predictors of life satisfaction, people were more likely to be satisfied with life if they were women, from an urban area, had more formal education, had higher income, and were younger.

Contributing Partners

Recovery Target

No targets are currently set for this indicator.

Data Source

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Vital Sign Indicator Reporter
Methods and More Results
Last Updated
4/17/2020