Dissatisfaction with local area

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • It is working-age households in social housing who are the most likely to be dissatisfied with their local area.
  • No reason dominates what people dislike about their local area.

Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the proportion of households who are dissatisfied with their local neighbourhood, with the data broken down by tenure and age group.  The figures count those who replied ‘fairly dissatisfied’ or ‘very dissatisfied’ to the question ‘How satisfied are you with your local neighbourhood’.  Those who answered ‘no opinion’ have been excluded from the analysis.

The second graph shows the proportion of households disliking each of the named aspects of their local area.  Answers where the proportion was 2% or less are omitted from the graph.

The data source for both graphs is the Living in Wales Survey.  In the first graph, the data is the average for 2004 and 2005 (the question has not been asked in subsequent surveys), whilst that in the second graph is the average for 2006 to 2008.  Note that the questions are actually only asked of one of the adults in the household and the graphs necessarily assume that the answers of these individuals fairly reflect the views of the household as a whole.  Also note that, in 2009, the Living in Wales Survey was replaced by the National Survey for Wales, but this latter survey is currently still in its pilot phase and, in any event, the 2009-2010 pilot did not include the questions needed for the analyses in the two graphs.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: limited.  Living in Wales is a substantial survey designed to be representative of private households in Wales but, even so, the sample sizes are relatively small and the results differ somewhat between the different years.