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Survey says Wollongong living is tops


The results are in on the Wollongong Local Government Area Wellbeing Survey 2021, and our community has ranked their wellbeing as 79/100, which is above the national average of 76.5.

This is slightly above results achieved with previous surveys in 2018 and 2014 which saw the Wollongong index sitting at 78 and 78.8, above the national average of 75.5 and 75 respectively.

“The Personal Wellbeing Index has been measured by Deakin University, in partnership with Australian Unity, since 2000 and tracks how satisfied people are with their lives across the country,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery said.

“It’s heartening to see on average our residents continue to be satisfied with their standard of living, what they’re achieving in life and that they feel a part of the community.’’

While Council undertakes the survey, it takes a city-wide focus and gathers data beyond our services and operations.

The survey asked residents to what extend they agree with a number of statements related to living in Wollongong. Through the survey 9 out of 10 residents agreed;

  • Wollongong is a good place to live
  • Their neighbourhood is a good place to live
  • They would help if a neighbour calls
  • It’s a good thing for society to be made up of people from different cultures and communities
  • They feel safe at home by themselves during both day and night, and walking alone in their local area during the day.

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