Many of the almost 1 million people who live in Northwest Indiana enjoy a high quality of life .
But how do we judge that? What factors make life in the region good? If we don’t know, we can’t improve.
That’s why the Quality of Life Council (now known as One Region) started doing a Quality of Life Indicators report in 2000, with similar reports in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The group decided to break down its view of Northwest Indiana into 10 areas that make up what makes life livable: People, Economy, Environment, Transportation, Education, Health, Public Safety, Housing, Culture and Government.
In the 2012 report, the group looks at the status of each of those areas, relying heavily on data to make its analysis and to rate each as improving, steady or in decline. They report on where we’ve been as a region, and what numbers say about us now.
After meeting with QLC members, we thought we could take the report a step further, beyond data, charts and graphs, and tell the stories of the people and places that make up the numbers. By putting a face on the economy or education, we hope to hold up a mirror for readers, so they can take a good look at who and what we are. And better yet, who we might yet become.
This is the third of our reports, focusing on culture.