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[From the Executive Summary]

The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Old Dominion University recently completed data collection for the tenth annual Life in Hampton Roads (LIHR) telephone survey. The purpose of the survey was to gain insight into residents’ perceptions of the quality of life in Hampton Roads. As in previous years, the project also investigated attitudes and perceptions of citizens regarding topics of local interest such as transportation and traffic, perceptions of police, health, community, education, work, experiences with flooding, and other issues. These are presented independently or as trending with previous years when appropriate. This year, the SSRC also partnered with the city of Chesapeake who provided additional questions for the survey. The SSRC completed interviews with 882 Hampton Roads residents via landline and cell phones.


Abbreviated Table of Contents

Executive Summary ..... 1

Survey Methodology and Sample Demographics ..... 3

Overall Quality of Life ..... 12

Neighborhood and City Quality of Life Ratings ..... 13

Politics, Social Issues, and Perception of the Police ..... 21

Economic Conditions ..... 29

Health Care & Heath Related Issues ..... 33

Perceptions of Public Schools ..... 36

Neighborhood Flooding and Flood Insurance ..... 42