Living In Edinburgh

The vast majority of Edinburgh residents are satisfied the city as a whole as a place to live — in fact, half say they are 'very satisfied'. The level of satisfaction with life in Edinburgh is equally high across all ages, levels of income and areas of the city, although is slightly lower among those renting from a Housing Association (75%).

The vast majority of Edinburgh residents are satisfied the city as a whole as a place to live -- in fact, half say they are 'very satisfied'. The level of satisfaction with life in Edinburgh is equally high across all ages, levels of income and areas of the city, although is slightly lower among those renting from a Housing Association (75%).

Levels of satisfaction among residents towards their own local neighbourhood are only slightly lower. However, those least likely to say they are satisfied are those on lowest incomes and those in Council or Housing Association accommodation. Overall, one in ten is dissatisfied with their local neighbourhood.

For most, their local neighbourhood has stayed the same as a place to live over the last year or so, however, for a quarter it has go worse. Those most likely to be negative about changes to their local area are those on lower incomes, those with children in their household, those in Council or Housing Association rented accommodation and those living in the east of the city. Above all others, those living in the North and Leith are most likely to feel things have improved over the last year.

Reducing crime and making the city safer would be priorities for around half of all Edinburgh residents in improving the quality of life for people in the city -- particularly for those aged 55-64. However, at least a third of residents would also like to see action towards making Edinburgh cleaner and more attractive, investing in a good public transport system and encouraging the development of more affordable housing.

Topline Results

  • Results are based on a survey of 1,031 Edinburgh residents aged 16+ as part of the bi-annual MORI Scotland 'Edinburgh Survey'
  • Interviews conducted face-to-face in home
  • Fieldwork conducted between 27 September and 23 October 2004
  • Results are weighted to known population profile by age, gender and tenure using 2001 census data
  • All figures are percentages based on all (1,031) unless otherwise stated
  • An asterisk (*) denotes a finding of less than 0.5%, but greater than zero
  • Where figures do not add up to 100, this is due to multiple coding or computer rounding

Life in Edinburgh

Q1 Thinking about Edinburgh as a whole, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with it as a place to live?

Q2 And now, thinking about your local neighbourhood specifically, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with it as a place to live?

160 Q1 Q2
160 % %
Very satisfied 52 44
Fairly satisfied 40 41
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 6
Fairly dissatisfied 3 5
Very dissatisfied 2 3
No opinion * *
160
Satisfied 92 85
Dissatisfied 4 8

Q3 On balance, how do you think your local neighbourhood has changed over the past year or so as a place to live? Has it got better, worse, or stayed about the same?

160 %
Better 13
Stayed the same 58
Worse 23
Don't know 6

Q4 Which of these would you set as priorities to improve the quality of life for the people in Edinburgh?

160 %
Reducing crime 57
Making the city safer 45
Making Edinburgh cleaner and more attractive 41
Encouraging the development of more affordable housing 35
Investing in a good public transport system 35
Improving services and opportunities for children and young people 31
Improving local neighbourhoods 30
Reducing poverty 30
Involving local people in the decisions that affect them 26
Preserving and improving the environment 26
Creating better educational and learning opportunities 25
Improving the city's Council housing 23
Reducing unemployment 22
Creating more businesses/jobs 20
Promoting initiatives to improve health 19
Improving the city centre 17
Bringing major events and attractions to the city 15
Taking action against discrimination 15
Improving the city's cultural and leisure facilities 14
Providing locally accessible and accountable services 12
Other 3
Don't know 3

Q5 How common are each of the following problems in your local neighbourhood?

160 Very common Fairly common Fairly uncommon Very uncommon No opinion
160 % % % % %
Noisy neighbours / loud parties 5 12 29 54 *
Vandalism / graffiti / damage to property 8 22 38 32 *
Behaviour linked to the abuse of drink or drugs 10 19 31 35 5
Groups of young people hanging about 15 29 31 24 *
Rubbish and litter lying around 14 30 33 24 0

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