3:46 pm Oct. 18, 2012
There are now statistics to undergird Brooklynites's well-earned reputation for self-satisfaction.
"Overall, are you very satisfied, satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied with New York City as a place to live?" Marist Institute for Public Opinion pollsters asked 1,324 New Yorkers this August, as part of a Municipal Art Society livability survey released this morning.
Ninety percent of Brooklynites said they were either very satisfied or satisfied, compared with 88 percent of residents in Manhattan, 84 percent in Queens, 76 percent on Staten Island and 75 percent in the Bronx.
When city residents were asked which borough they believe is the best place to live, respondents ranked Manhattan first (28 percent), followed by Queens (25 percent), Brooklyn (24 percent), Staten Island (9 percent) and the Bronx (8 percent).
Other notable results?
Given the choice between more parks, housing, retail or transportation, New Yorkers yearned most for parks and open spaces (34 percent), compared to 23 percent for more housing and transportation, and 16 percent for more retail.
Also, despite elected officials' reluctance to fund it, 61 percent of New Yorkers said that making New York City a world-class transportation hub should be a "top priority" for city investment, and a majority said they were willing to deal with short-term inconvenience for major transportation improvements.
You can access the whole report here.
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