Seven in 10 Flemish people satisfied with where they live, study shows

Seventy per cent of people in Flanders are satisfied with their municipality or city, according to a new survey by the Flemish Agency for Home Affairs. High scores were given for green spaces, cycling and a positive view of coexistence, while people are less satisfied when it comes to health and well-being.

With the Gemeente-Stadsmonitor the Agency for Home Affairs measures citizens' opinions on local policy issues every three years. "It allows the municipalities to evaluate current policies and outline future policies," Home Affairs minister Gwendolyn Rutten of Flemish liberals Open VLD said.

The survey shows that overall satisfaction has fallen slightly compared to 2020, when three quarters of Flemish people said they were satisfied. Eight out of 10 indicated they are satisfied with their neighbourhood, also a slight decrease compared to 2020.

Traffic and littering

As in previous editions, speeding drivers and littering are the most frequently mentioned sources of annoyance. Annoyance with traffic fell slightly compared to 2020. Safe cycling, on the other hand, is no longer a pain point in the survey. Half of Flemings say they can cycle safely, with cycling safety in central cities scoring even higher.

The agency launched a website with the results on Wednesday where the public can browse and compare the statistics for different municipalities using an interactive tool.



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