PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (8): 1344-1354.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.08.008

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Impacts of neighborhood environment on subjective well-being under the background of residential mobility: Difference in people of different life course stages

SU Lingling1,2(), ZHOU Suhong1,3,*()   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    2. Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development & Collaborative Innovation Center on Yellow River Civilization, Henan Province and Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001, Henan, China
    3. Guangdong Provincial Engineering Research Center for Public Security and Disaster, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2020-11-22 Revised:2021-01-31 Online:2021-08-28 Published:2021-10-28
  • Contact: ZHOU Suhong;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41871148);National Natural Science Foundation of China(71961137003);The Key-Area Research and Development Program of Guangdong Province(2020B0202010002)


As the basic daily living space of urban residents, neighborhood has an important impact on people's life. Especially in recent years, with the common occurrence of residential mobility, the relationship between neighborhood environment and residents' subjective well-being has become more complicated. People's preference and choice of neighborhood environment are affected by the stage of their life courses. However, there exist few studies that explored the relationship between neighborhood environment and subjective well-being in different life course stages. Using the survey data collected in Guangzhou City, China, this study selected the samples with residential mobility behaviors in different life course stages, and constructed models according to the life course stages. The results show that the impact of the neighborhood environment on residents' subjective well-being is different in people of different life course stages. The cleanliness of the neighborhood public environment is more helpful for improving the subjective well-being of early youth, the harmony of the neighborhood relationship is more helpful for improving the subjective well-being of elderly residents, and the convenience of access to facilities can effectively improve subjective well-being throughout the life course. Residential mobility moderates the relationship between neighborhood environment and subjective well-being, especially in middle-aged and old age population. With the increase of residential time since the last move, the relationship between perceived neighborhood environment and subjective well-being is strengthened, while the impact of objective neighborhood environment is weakened. The improvement of neighborhood environment can more effectively improve the subjective well-being of short-distance migration residents.

Key words: neighborhood environment, subjective well-being, life course, residential mobility, Guangzhou City