Measuring Quality of Life in Communities Surrounding Airports

Airports make investments that influence quality of life for their communities (e.g., creating jobs, attracting and supporting businesses, serving as hubs for transportation networks, generating noise, and affecting air quality). Quality of life can be defined as a broad and multidimensional concept that usually includes an individual’s perception of his or her position in life, and encompasses both positive and negative aspects. It includes objective factors (e.g., health, work status, command of material resources, living conditions) and the subjective perception one has of those factors within the context of aspects like culture, values, and spirituality. These factors make measuring the quality of life for different populations in a comparable manner a complex task. While airports undertake economic and environmental impact studies, to date, there is no guidance that airports, communities, and other stakeholders can use to comprehensively measure the impact of airport-related activity on quality of life. The objective of this research is to develop methods and guidance to measure the effect of an airport on the quality of life on its surrounding communities.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $399840
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-83

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:


    Burlington, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Preston, Katherine

  • Start Date: 20180430
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191030
  • Actual Completion Date: 20191030
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41852

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01642757
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-83
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2017 1:01AM