NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Old Dominion University released results from its annual survey about the quality of life in Hampton Roads.
The ODU Social Science Research Center designed the survey to give a look at the social and economic indicators of the quality of life in the area. It focuses on transportation and traffic, local and state government, education, health, emergency preparedness, the economy and crime.
“Respondents to the 4th annual Old Dominion University "Life in Hampton Roads" survey showed more confidence in the regional economy than in recent years, but traffic continued to be a key issue with about half of the participants expressing significant concern with congestion," read a press release from the university.
Although most people said they're happy with the quality of life here, more than 50 percent of the 812 people surveyed said traffic is their biggest concern. The survey found the average commute time has increased by nearly a minute over last year, and that about 45 percent of participants avoid visiting a business in a neighboring city due to traffic concerns.
More than 60 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the impending tolls, and more than 50 percent said they would be less likely to use bridges and tunnels with tolls.
To view the entire 85-page report on the survey, click here.
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