Los Angeles livability survey shows how life in the county is changing
Los Angeles County residents are generally less satisfied with their lives than they were before the pandemic, according to the third annual USC Dornsife LABarometer survey of livability and affordability, released today by the Economic and Social Research Center to USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
The survey, conducted June 22 through September 4, asked a representative sample of 1,600 LA County residents a series of questions about overall life satisfaction, future housing plans, change neighborhood, experiences of racial discrimination and crime-related stress as well as access and affordability of essential resources like housing, health care and more.
“Angelenos are much less satisfied with their health, finances, family life and neighborhood than they were last year,” said Kyla Thomas, director of LABarometer at USC Dornsife and sociologist. “Nevertheless, far fewer people are planning to leave Los Angeles, a sign that the pandemic exodus may be slowing. Moving, in general, has lost popularity this year, likely due to in-person returns to work and spikes in rents. and interest rates.
“The high rate of racial discrimination experienced by Asian and Black Angelenos is particularly concerning,” added Thomas, who noted that reports of racial discrimination against Asians haven’t declined much since the peak of the pandemic.
Los Angeles Livability and Affordability Survey Conclusion
Three percent of Angelenos plan to leave Los Angeles next year — up from 10% in 2020 — and renters are driving most of the change.
- Economic conditions are likely behind the reported drop in moving plans as residents face skyrocketing rental costs and mortgage rates.
- In 2020, 12% of renters and 4% of owners said they intended to leave Los Angeles. In 2022, the percentage of renters and owners has fallen to 3%. To rule out population change as a confounder, the researchers conducted a second analysis in which they restricted the sample to only residents who participated in both Wave 3 (2022) and Wave 2 ( 2020).
Forty-six percent of Asian Angelenos experienced racial/ethnic discrimination in the past year, up 2 percentage points from 2021.
- The results are consistent with reports high rates of anti-Asian discrimination nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Black Angelenos have seen an overall decline in reported racial/ethnic discrimination since 2020. While each of the racial/ethnic groups has seen a decline in discrimination between 2020 and 2021, the slope of change among Black residents has been particularly steep. , dropping from 65% in 2020 to 29% in 2021. This was followed by a sharp increase to 36% in 2022.
- Hispanic Angelenos were the only racial group to experience a continued decline in incidents of perceived discrimination.
Nearly 3 in 4 Angelenos have delayed or gone without some type of medical care they needed in the past 12 months, mostly due to cost and availability issues.
- Of the 9 in 10 Angelenos who needed some type of medical care in the past year, 72% delayed or left unaddressed at least one issue for which they needed care.
- Angelenos were most likely to delay or skip dental care (29%), mental health care (25%), specialty care (22%), vision care (21%) and primary care (18%).
- The most frequently cited reasons for delaying/forgoing care were cost (43%), unavailability of appointments (31%), inability to miss work (18%), lack of insurance coverage (16%) and nervousness. see a doctor (14%).
The survey of 1,178 LA County residents was conducted from June 22 to September 4, 2022 by the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. The survey response rate was 73% and the margin of sampling error is 2.9 percentage points.
View the full report online.
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