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2023 Allegheny County Quality of Life Survey

Released April 2024


The University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), with the UrbanKind Institute, conducted its 2023 Allegheny County Quality of Life survey in Fall 2023. The project is funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and UCSUR.

The survey asks a large diverse community sample for their personal perceptions of quality of life and livability in the County, how it is changing, and rating quality of life intheir own neighborhood/community. The project combines primary survey data collection with secondary data to address quality of life topics across multiple domains.

The project builds on previous QOL surveys conducted by UCSUR in 2011 and 2018 that showed significant differences by race in quality of life across multiple dimensions in Allegheny County, particularly in housing, health, neighborhood, environment, public safety and overall well- being. The results exposed many racial disparities that stand as a baseline against current perceptions and changes.

2023 Allegheny County Quality of Life Survey

April, 2024

Brief Summary

Detailed Research Methods

Survey Instrument

Overall Survey Estimates

Results by Race

Results by Gender

Results by Age

Results by Education

Results by Income

Results by Hispanic Respondents

Results City of Pittsburgh

Results by City of Pittsburgh versus Remainder of County

Results by City of Pittsburgh versus Remainder of County by Race

Results by Cross Tabulations



2023 Allegheny County Quality of Life Survey

Prepared By
Sabina Deitrick, PhD (UCSUR)
Scott Beach, PhD (UCSUR)
Ellen Kinnee, PhD (UCSUR)
Janet Schlarb, PhD (UCSUR)
Christianne Accurso, Research Assistant
Chris Briem, Regional Economist (UCSUR)

Funded By

The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Heinz Endowments *

University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR)

Collaborating Partners

UrbanKind Institute

* The Heinz Endowments seeks to help our region thrive as a whole and just community and, through that work, to model solutions to major national and global challenges.  We are devoted to advancing our vision our southwestern Pennsylvania as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic, and environmental sustainability.  Our work is supported by reliable data based on equitable, results-focused goals to cultivate a world where all are treated with fairness and respect and have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

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