Cost of living concerns replace transportation

as the thing people like least about the region

A new survey by the PSRC of 2,000 residents in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties shows a big shift and a new thing people like least: homelessness.

The survey was conducted to inform the development of VISION 2050. 

Similar surveys were done in 2003 and 1993. 

In all three surveys, respondents were asked what they liked least about living in the region and answered with an open-ended response.

In 1993 and 2003, people’s least favorite thing about the region was transportation.

In 2018, it was cost of living and transportation came up about evenly with homelessness.

Chart showing that people in 2018 were more concerned about cost of living than transportation

What people would like to see in the future has also changed.

All three surveys asked what people would like to see happen in the region in the next 25 years and could give an open-ended response.

In 1993 and 2003. people wanted less congestion and more transit.

In 2018, people still want less congestion, but lower cost of living and more affordable housing outplaced more transit.

Chart showing people want lower cost of living and less congestion

The Growth Management Policy Board discussed the full survey at its meeting today. View the presentation here.

You can take the survey

PSRC wants your help in developing VISION 2050.