It is apparent that measuring quality of life is not merely a fanciful way of looking at the top end of a city-region: it has policy implications, especially in local and provincial spheres, to inform their targeting strategies.
QoL by category
The majority of respondents score above 5/10, but almost three times as many respondents score 'poor' as score 'high'. Who falls into these different categories?
- African, female; living alone or in a large household; and to be a migrant, all feature above average in the poor quality of life category.
- In contrast, to be white or Indian, living in a medium sized household, to be male, middle-aged and locally-born, is to feature above average in the 'high' and 'good' categories.
More telling perhaps is the sad finding that while money may not buy you love, it does seem to buy quality of life.
- Just 3 respondents had no regular source of income but high quality of life, while 75% of those with no regular income had poor or below average quality of life.
- At the other extreme, no-one with a monthly average household income of R100 000 and above had poor quality of life, while 85% had good or high quality of life.