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dc.contributor.advisorChow, T. Edwin
dc.contributor.authorHickman, David T. ( )en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-24T10:12:30Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:12:30Z
dc.date.issued2011-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationHickman, D. T. (2011). Development of a composite model of quality of life: A case study in Austin, Texas (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3389
dc.description.abstract

Recent literature in Geography and Urban Planning has focused on the assessment of Quality of Life (QOL) experienced by residents. Despite the lack of a universal method for study, researchers have generally accepted common variables related to reported QOL. This research examines how QOL may be studied empirically for Austin, Texas by using social, economic, and environmental variables at the census tract level. In addition to factors examined by previous researchers, crime rate and commute time are included to better understand their effect on QOL.

Economic and social variables, including crime rate and commute time, were derived from the U.S. Census and the Austin Police Department. The environmental quality variables were derived from Landsat 7 ETM+ imageries. A factor analysis approach was used to indicate how variables relate to each other as well as QOL for the study area. Using the percentage of variance for each variable as a weight, a synthesized index was developed to assess QOL in Austin, Texas. Model validation by using median home value normalized by number of rooms indicated the usefulness of a synthetic QOL index to predict relative market value at the census tract level.

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dc.format.extent79 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_US
dc.subjectQolen_US
dc.subjectCrimeen_US
dc.subjectCommuteen_US
dc.subjectUrbanen_US
dc.subjectAustinen_US
dc.subject.classificationGeographyen_US
dc.titleDevelopment of a Composite Model of Quality of Life: A Case Study in Austin, Texasen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCurrit, Nathan Allen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRomig, Kevin
thesis.degree.departmentGeography
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University-San Marcos
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentGeography


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