Original Articles

An Assessment of Household Living Quality and Its Relationship with Regional Economic Development

  • College of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 China

Received date: 2002-04-01

  Revised date: 2002-08-01

  Online published: 2002-09-24


Interview data from 9970 households reveals that satisfactory level of household living quality assessed by individuals does not follow a significant relationship with the level of regional economic development indicated by GDP per capita. Regions with relevant higher per capita GDP sometimes associate with lower level of satisfaction. This is because, firstly, the expected level by the households in the better-developed regions is usually higher. People have financial capacity as well as time to enjoy recreation in nice environments. Secondly, some relevant wealthy regions associate with environment pollution and transport congestion, while some poor region residents enjoy their moderate yet not wealthy life. Another finding concerns that the satisfactory degree varies among counties, cities and rural districts. In general, people in city show higher satisfactory degree than in rural district. People in different counties identify similar patterns and structures in assessing impact factors. The most satisfactory factor is the relationship of family members while the most unsatisfactory factor is the job opportunity and payment.

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LI Xiao jian, QIAO Jia jun . An Assessment of Household Living Quality and Its Relationship with Regional Economic Development[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2002 , 21(5) : 484 -490 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2002.05.010


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