Strategies to Enhance and Maintain Quality of Life: The Case of Non-Metropolitan Illinois

Adee Athiyaman, Norman Walzer


This paper posits that one experiences a sense of wellbeing (quality of life (QOL)) when the needs one feels are appreciably reduced. Local public officials and managers can promote policies and take actions to create an environment where these needs are addressed or the status is achieved. Based on an empirical analysis of quality of life perceptions among non-metropolitan residents in Illinois, this research offers guidelines for managing QOL perceptions at the community level. Specifically, satisfaction with K-12 education and basic medical services play a prominent role in influencing QOL perceptions. In summary, the paper not only highlights the meaning of QOL, but also shows how it could be managed.

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The Journal of Rural and Community Development is supported by SSHRC.