Sense of Place
Sense of Place Index
The Sense of Place Index measures the percent of residents who express a positive connection, a strong sense of stewardship, and a sense of pride about being from Puget Sound. This indicator will inform us about peoples’ emotional connection to Puget Sound.
Sense of Place Index

Index of Sense of Place on a seven-point scale based on how respondents agree or disagree with statements about their sense of place in Puget Sound (where 1 is strongly disagree and 7 is strongly agree).

Key Vital Sign Indicator Results

  • We measure Sense of Place by asking respondents to rate their agreement or disagreement with seven statements about sense of place.
  • Most people in Puget Sound describe an identity and/or attachment to Puget Sound as a place. 5.49 was the average survey response in 2022, which means respondents “somewhat agree” that they have a sense of place in the Puget Sound on a seven-point scale. This is consistent with participants’ responses in 2018 and 2020.
  • 48 percent of respondents do not believe they would be satisfied living outside of Puget Sound. See Interpretation of Results for more information.

Contributing Partners


No targets are currently set for this indicator.

Data Source

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Human Wellbeing Vital Signs Survey 2022 Summary Report

Vital Sign Indicator Reporter
Indicator Details
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