Detroit Area Study, 1980: The Sociology of Knowledge and the Quality of Life in Detroit (ICPSR 9302)

Published: Feb 17, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Werner S., Landecker; Angus Campbell; Robert W. Marans


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The quality of community life in the Detroit metropolitan area and factors influencing it were the main focus for this Detroit Area Study. To gauge perceptions of the quality of life in the Detroit tri-county area, respondents were asked how satisfied or dissatisfied they were with the tri-county area in general, with their neighborhoods, and with the quality of local community services, such as quality of local roads, public schools, police and garbage collection. In addition, the survey measured respondents' satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their own education, income, health, amount of leisure time, marriage, family life, job, home, and other aspects of their lives. Respondents also were questioned about their expectations for the future, their friendships in the tri-county area, friendliness with neighbors, use of recreational facilities, and where their children played. The survey also sought respondents' opinions on a wide range of other issues such as race relations, social stratification, abortion, the benefits of the free enterprise system, whether or not the United States was a meritocracy, and the meaning and value of democracy. Additional information gathered by the survey includes duration of residence in the tri-county area and at the current residence, place of previous residence, home ownership, rent payments, value of the home, number of separate bedrooms, motor vehicle ownership and use, use of public transportation, employment status, occupation and industry, independence and authority at work, number of siblings ever born, religious preference, social class identification, political preference, and information on age, sex, place of birth, income, race, ethnicity, and household composition.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Landecker, Werner S., Campbell, Angus, and Marans, Robert W. Detroit Area Study, 1980:  The Sociology of Knowledge and the Quality of Life in Detroit. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-17.

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Persons interested in using these data to research quality of community life issues should contact Dr. Robert W. Marans. In order to preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


1980 (spring-summer)

An adult aged 18 and over was randomly selected from each sampled household. Households were selected by multistage area probability sampling.

Adults aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne.

personal interviews

survey data




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