City planning shaped by the wellbeing of its citizens.

Wealth is rarely the best way to measure happiness, so in an effort to find a better way, the city of Santa Monica has launched its Wellbeing Project. It will monitor various aspects of wellbeing throughout the city, and then use that information to guide city policies, along with the allocation of resources to improve conditions needed for people to thrive.

The well-being index will be based on factors such as social connections, economic stability, personal safety, physical surroundings, fulfilling employment, civic engagement, and health. More specifically it will draw on quantitative and qualitative information, such as crime statistics and school attendance rates, as well as personal surveys and behavioural analytics.

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