About the Data

San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

Is San Diego’s quality of life improving?

The Quality of Life Dashboard measures and benchmarks several environmental and economic trends throughout the region to ensure San Diego County is on a path to greater health, wealth, comfort and sustainability for current and future generations.

Overview About the Data Dashboard


Where Do We Get Our Data?

The Equinox Project partners with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the business community throughout San Diego County, California and nationwide. These organizations provide relevant data and other information that is then combined with publicly available datasets and analyzed by Equinox researchers to determine trends occurring in the region. Equinox creates interactive charts and graphs, adds context and highlights current regional policies, practices, and partnerships focused on improving the quality of life in San Diego County. The Equinox Project is proud to have a long-standing track record of providing unbiased, apolitical information that gives a comprehensive snapshot of the region’s quality of life.


How Do We Track Indicator Performance?

The Equinox Project tracks yearly trends by determining one or two primary datasets for each indicator, which can be found in the "What are we measuring?" portion of each page. Using the primary datasets, we calculate if the indicators have improved or worsened from the previous data year.

Unfortunately, data often lags far behind, and although we strive to collect the most up-to-date information, many times this means the most current data is two or even three years old. Therefore, we calculate trends from the previous data year, meaning the most recent year from which we have data.

Year-over-year performance can fluctuate so we highly recommend taking the time to look at the long-term trends described in the "How are we doing?" sections and visualized in the graphs and charts when applicable. If you have any comments or questions, please contact us.


Performance Icons

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Improvement of more than 1 percent

The primary dataset shows an improvement of more than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. We are trending in the right direction.

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Improvement of less than 1 percent

The primary dataset shows an improvement of less than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. There is a slight trend in the right direction.

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No Change

The primary dataset shows no change from the previous data year to the current data year.

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Worsening of less than 1 percent

The primary dataset shows a worsening of less than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. There is a slight trend in the wrong direction.

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Worsening of more than 1 percent

The primary dataset shows a worsening of more than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. We are trending in the wrong direction.

How Often is Data Being Updated?

The Equinox Project performance indicators are updated annually every Spring. Additional data updates can be done more frequently with funding support or under contract in response to a specific client request. If you are interested in commissioning further research, please contact Christiana DeBenedict at cdebenedict@sandiego.edu.


Organizations Consulted

We also thank these organizations that provided data, recommendations and local context for the Dashboard.