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Quality of Life in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, 1975

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Rodgers, Willard L.
  • Marans, Robert W.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
crime prevention; demographic characteristics; economic indicators; housing; leisure; neighborhood characteristics; neighborhood conditions; neighborhoods; police; population; public safety; public transportation; quality of life; schools; social stratification; urban areas
  • Abstract

    This study of 1,194 adults in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in Detroit in 1975 was part of an extensive research project designed to produce important theoretical and operationally useful research results on the urban environment and quality of life. Respondents were either the head, or the spouse of the head, of household. The sample provided adequate representation of both Detroit itself and the surrounding area, and of racial and economic subgroups. It was taken from the geographic area defined as the 1971 Detroit SMSA, which included Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Data were gathered on population, housing, and neighborhood characteristics, including percentagized data on age groups, unemployment rate, labor force, occupancy and vacancy rate, tenureship, single family ownership, ownership or rental by racial groups, crime rate, injuries, and ejection. Respondents were asked about the public transportation system, schools, recreational opportunities, public safety, housing, and sanitation in their neighborhood. Other items probed respondents' feelings about their neighborhood, work, the Detroit tri-county area in relative terms, preferred place to live in the United States and reasons for their choice, future unemployment in the Detroit tri-county area, city officials, taxes and the variety of local services taxes were used for, and use of violence to effect social change. Additional items probed respondents opinions about private schools, quality of public schools, the police, neighborhood problems, and integrated neighborhoods, as well as recreational activities. Also probed were respondents' satisfaction with their life, time spent with family, marriage, housing, government's recreational facilities for children in their neighborhood, and the quality and price of foods in supermarkets. Background items specify age, date of birth, education, race, shades of skin color, marital status, personality type, family income, employment, religion, labor union membership, previous residence, household size and composition, home ownership, and length of stay in neighborhood.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1975
  • 1974-10 / 1975-02
    Collection date: 1974-10--1975-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
A stratified sample of area residents who were either the head, or the spouse of the head, of household in the Detroit SMSA, including Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, in 1975.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7986 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Nettles, Michael T., Perna, Laura W.. African American Education Data Book, Vol. 3. Fairfax, VA: Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the College Fund/UNCF. 1997.
  • Connerly, Charles E.. The Community Question: An Extension of Wellman and Leighton. Urban Affairs Quarterly.20, (4), 537-556.1985.
    • ID: 10.1177/004208168502000408 (DOI)
  • Rodgers, Willard L.. Density, crowding, and satisfaction with the residential environment. Social Indicators Research.10, (1), 75-102.1982.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF00287219 (DOI)
  • Herzog, A. Regula, Rodgers, Willard L.. Age and satisfaction: Data from several large surveys. Research on Aging.3, (2), 142-165.1981.
    • ID: 10.1177/016402758132002 (DOI)
  • Marans, Robert W., Fly, J. Mark. Recreation and the Quality of Urban Life: Recreational Resources, Behaviors, and Evaluations of People in the Detroit Region. Research Report Series.Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. 1981.
  • Rodgers, W.L.. Residential Satisfaction in Relationship to Size of Place. ISR Working Paper Series.Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. 1979.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Rodgers, Willard L.; Marans, Robert W. (1984): Quality of Life in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, 1975. Version 1. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.