About the Regional Quality of Life Dashboard
The San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard was initiated in 2009 by the Equinox Center to shine a spotlight on the questions that truly matter to San Diegans: Will our businesses have access to resources such as energy and water so they can continue to provide economic opportunities to all of the region's inhabitants? Do our residents have ample access to natural areas and outdoor recreation opportunities? Does our transportation network allow us to move easily from our homes to jobs, schools and other destinations? Simply, is our quality of life improving?
Equinox Center’s set of indicators is intended to be a quick and easily digestible snapshot, not unlike the set of gauges on a car’s dashboard that tell you how well your vehicle is running and when there is a problem. Good-paying jobs, mobility, affordable housing, ample parks and natural areas, sparkling beaches, clean and reliable energy and water all add up to an exceptional quality of life. Almost everything we do in our daily lives — how we get to work, how we water our yards, what kind of home we live in— has an impact on these areas, or is affected by them.
Recent growth projections indicate we will need to accommodate another 650,000 people in the next 20 years. The Dashboard measures progress on these reveals our status in these areas--excelling in some measures and needing attention in others. Equinox Center updates the Dashboard publication annually, and provides more frequent updates online.
Equinox Center will support the region’s leaders, including policy makers, community groups and business, in tackling these and other issues. We will continue to participate in regional dialogue and to conduct additional research, analyze data, and identify best practices and possible solutions so that San Diego residents may all enjoy the quality of life we envision for future generations: healthy, prosperous, productive and exceptional.