Quality of Life
Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and its partners conduct the Quality of Life (QoL) Survey to collect information from adult residents in Spokane County regarding their well-being and lived experiences within their communities, and social determinants of health—that is, the physical, social and economic conditions that affect their quality of life and overall health (e.g., neighborhood crime and safety, access to healthy foods and health care, positive relationships and support, the availability of jobs and housing, etc.).
For an introduction to how and why we conducted the survey, key findings, and other frequently asked questions, please download the Quality of Life (QoL) Survey FAQ, updated November 30, 2021.
Self-rated QoL was measured with a single-item global rating. Respondents were directly asked, “How would you rate the quality of life in Spokane?”, with possible response options of Poor, Fair, Good, Very good, and Excellent.
Residents also reported on their satisfaction with local institutions and services (Citizen Satisfaction), the number and quality of their social relationships (Social Capital), evaluations of their personal work, housing, and financial situation (Finance), feelings of safety and perceptions of law enforcement in their community (Public Safety), as well as their physical and mental health and health behaviors (Health).
The visual below allows you to select one of the 5 Quality of Life Survey domains listed above and view the results for each item within the domain (i.e., average scores and the percentage of respondents who selected each response), using the steps outlined below. The overall results for Spokane County are displayed at the top of each graph. The breakdowns of survey responses by sociodemographic groups appear underneath.
Steps for viewing the QoL survey results:
- Select one of the 5 Quality of Life survey domains from the Domain dropdown menu on the top left-hand side of the graph.
- Select an individual question within the domain, using the Question dropdown menu located on the top center of the graph.
- Select a QoL survey year (2015, 2017, 2019, or 2020), using the Year dropdown menu on the top right-hand side of the graph.
- At the bottom right of the white box, you will find icons to share or download the visual, or to switch the display.
The stacked bars show the percentage distribution of responses for each item, both overall (i.e., for all Spokane County residents) and further broken down by sociodemographic groups.
The circle within each bar shows the average item rating score for a particular group.
Scores for all items started at 1 for the highest response option and increased for each subsequent response option; lower scores reflected positive ratings whereas higher scores reflected poor ratings.
For example, for Overall QoL, rating scores ranged from 1 to 5 (1= Excellent; 2= Very Good, 3= Good, 4= Fair, or 5= Poor), and lower scores indicated a better quality of life. The average Overall QoL rating for all Spokane County residents in 2020 was 2.4, meaning that generally, Spokane County residents rated their quality of life as “very good”.
Spokane Regional Health District, Quality of Life survey, Spokane County, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020.