The MAS Survey on Livability

Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation Conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

Satisfaction with Living in New York

Overall, are you very satisfied, satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with New York City as a place to live?

Not very satisfied

Not at all satisfied

3% 12%

Very satisfied

30%

84%
2010

84%
2011
Satisfied

84%
2012

54%

*Presents percentage reporting “very satisfied/satisfied”

Satisfaction with Neighborhoods

Overall, are you very satisfied, satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with your neighborhood as a place to live?

Not very satisfied

Not at all satisfied

4%

Very satisfied

12%

34%

84%
2010

84%
2011

84%
2012

50%
Satisfied

*Presents percentage reporting “very satisfied/satisfied”

2

42%

Threats to Livability

New businesses 55%

Threats to Livability
Which one of the following do you feel is the biggest threat to your being able to live happily in NYC:*

Employment opportunities

22%

Safety

21%

Housing options

Cost of goods and services

19%

19%

Quality of public services

9%
Open space

3%
*6% said something else, or all

4

Assessing Priorities
Please tell me if you think it is a top priority, important but not a top priority, or not a priority for New York City to invest in each of the following:*

Being a city with major universities and high quality colleges

Creating a world-class ground transportation hub, that is subways, trains, and roads

63%
Developing world-class airports to maintain its reputation as an air transportation hub

61%
Making sure neighborhoods have a blend of old, historic landmarks with new buildings

37%
*Presents percentage reporting “top priority”

33%
5

42%
New businesses 55%

Preservation

A Perfect Combination of Old and New
Which of the following statements comes closest to your view: Good balance of older buildings and new development

67%
Not enough older buildings in my neighborhood

Too many older buildings and not enough new development

23%

10%

7

42%
New businesses 55%

Vibrancy

Parks
15%
Please tell me if you would rate the parks and public spaces in your neighborhood as excellent, good, fair, or poor?

Excellent/Good

Have not been to their neighborhood park in the past 12 months at all

61%
Fair/Poor

36%

Most common reasons for fair or poor rating: Inconvenient location/not in neighborhood: Too crowded Not clean/outdated Not safe Not enough to do/places to sit

21% 18% 16% 15% 13%

9

Experiencing the Arts
58%
Have not experienced culture in their neighborhood in the past 12 months at all

Please tell me if you would rate your neighborhood as being a place to experience culture, such as museums, and the arts as excellent, good, fair, or poor?

Excellent/ Good

Fair/ Poor

Most common reasons for fair or poor rating: Inconvenient location Does not exist in neighborhood Not interested in activities Too expensive Not safe

38%

48%

52% 24% 13% 5% 3%

10

42%
New businesses 55%

Borough Bests

Boroughs Going for Gold
For each of the following, please tell me which borough of New York City comes to mind:

Is the best place to live?

Manhattan

28%
Staten Island 9% Brooklyn 24% Queens 25% Bronx 8%

Bronx

Brooklyn

Manhattan

Queens

Staten Island

12

Boroughs Going for Gold
For each of the following, please tell me which borough of New York City comes to mind:

Is the best place to start a new company or business?

Manhattan

44%
Staten Island 4% Brooklyn 21% Queens 12% Bronx 8%

Bronx

Brooklyn

Manhattan

Queens

Staten Island

13

Boroughs Going for Gold
For each of the following, please tell me which borough of New York City comes to mind:

Is the most artistic or creative?
Manhattan

62%
Staten Island 2% Brooklyn 23% Queens 4% Bronx 3%

Bronx

Brooklyn

Manhattan

Queens

Staten Island

14

Boroughs Going for Gold
For each of the following, please tell me which borough of New York City comes to mind:

Is the best value for the money?
Manhattan 24% Bronx 13%

Staten Island 10% Brooklyn 18% Queens

25%

Bronx

Brooklyn

Manhattan

Queens

Staten Island

15

42%
New businesses 55%

Optimism

Outlook

Overall, thinking about the future of life in New York City, are you: very optimistic, optimistic, pessimistic, or very pessimistic?*

Optimistic:

Optimistic:

76%

81%

2011
*Presents percentage reporting “very optimistic/optimistic”

2012

The MAS Survey on Livability
Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation Conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion