Journal of the City Planning Institute of Japan
Online ISSN : 2185-0593
Print ISSN : 0916-0647
Perception of the Quality of Urban Living and Residential Satisfaction
In Relation to Residential Characteristics, Human Values, and Physical Environments
Toru IshikawaYasushi Asami
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2012 Volume 47 Issue 3 Pages 811-816


This study examined residential satisfaction in relation to residential characteristics, human values, and physical environments, through a questionnaire survey administered to 9,423 residents in Tokyo and Kashiwa-city. Traditional house-owning families tended to consider educational conditions in residential choice; reside in residential or agricultural areas; live with parents or siblings; be satisfied with security, environmental, and educational conditions; and live in the current place longer. Residents in commercial areas were satisfied with convenience and those in residential areas with security and environmental conditions. Residents in agricultural areas were less satisfied with convenience and those in industrial areas with the security and reputation of the neighborhood. The finding that residential satisfaction is affected by human values more than by physical environments points to the necessity of developing planning methods that take human values into account.

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