The Livability Poll (October 2022)
The Livability Poll is a broad based quality of life poll, tracking residents’ experiences with issues such as affordability of necessities, access to services, job and career satisfaction, safety and belonging, as well as residents’ perspectives of the Sacramento Region.
The Poll was in the field from mid-June to mid-July of 2022. It is demographically representative of the Capital region, encompassing Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percent.
This poll is a project of Valley Vision and CapRadio, in partnership with the Institute for Social Research at Sacramento State.
Residents are split as to how their overall quality of life has changed in the last five years. They think positively of the region as a place to grow up, pursue a career, and raise a family, but more than one-fourth think it is a poor place to purchase a home or retire. Residents are most concerned about issues like the cost of housing and homelessness. Almost one-third or more of residents are struggling to afford what they need to live. People of color, particularly Black/African Americans, are more likely than residents overall to be unable to afford certain necessities, like paying rent, mortgage, or other bills.
Concerns among parents are high. About one third of parents say they do not have access to the childcare they need and most parents expressed concern about the continuing disruption the pandemic has on their children’s education.
Many are willing to learn new skills to access more opportunities. More than two-thirds of residents say that they are interested in learning new or improving their skills through education and training programs, and many expressed a preference for programs that last a year or less, are hybrid or remote, and have flexible or weekend hours.
One-fifth of residents say that they feel that their neighborhood or local community is less safe than others. This percentage is significantly higher for communities of color and for those who live in cities as compared to those who live in suburbs or small town/rural areas.
Residents feel the strongest connections with those who live near them. Most residents say they feel accepted by their neighbors, supported by their neighbors, and connected to their neighbors.
Residents are struggling with their mental health, but resources to address these issues are limited. Eighty-one percent say they have felt stress or anxiety at least once in the last seven days and more than half say they felt depression and hopelessness. Yet, almost one-third say they do not have access to quality and affordable mental health services.
You can also access CapRadio’s coverage of the poll at www.capradio.org.