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.
2012 The City Planning Institute of Japan