ODU survey: Life in Hampton Roads is good

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Life is good in Hampton Roads, at least according to Old Dominion University’s latest quality of life survey.

Of the people surveyed, more than 70 percent reported that overall quality of life was excellent or good, while 28 percent found it to be fair or poor.

Document: Life in Hampton Roads Survey, part 1

Those who ranked life in Hampton Roads well said there’s access to excellent recreational resources, such as beaches, museums, sports, and parks. Major concerns included crime and transportation.

Overall, this year’s survey has the highest ranking since 2010.

“How are the citizens of this region seeing this region? What are their perceptions of quality of life? What are their perceptions of major problems or issues, strengths and weaknesses? And hopefully this provides a base for regional leaders to respond to concerns and proactively seek to make this a better region,” said Jesse Richman, Faculty Director of the Social Science Research Center at ODU.

Broken down by city, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach residents were most likely to rate their quality of life good or excellent, followed by Suffolk. Hampton and Newport News ranked substantially lower, Norfolk and Portsmouth ranked the lowest.

Part 2 of the survey asked residents their thoughts on the local economy, governments, crime and police forces.

Document: 2014 Life in Hampton Roads Survey, Part 2

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