Assessing Quality of Life across Mexico City Using Socio-Economic and Environmental Factors

Gustavo Alberto Ovando Montejo, Amy E. Frazier

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Urban quality of life studies increasingly incorporate both socio-economic and environmental factors into their analyses, yet few studies have explored how the socio-economic factors relate to the environmental conditions or how to statistically describe the spatial patterns of quality of life as they relate to the socio-economic and environmental structure of a city. This paper evaluates a quality of life index for Mexico City that takes into account both social and environmental factors through a factor analysis and explores the relationship between the contributing environmental and social factors through a regression analysis. The spatial patterns of quality of life across the city are then examined using a geographic clustering technique. Results indicate that both socio-economic and environmental segregation characterize the physical structure of Mexico City and suggest that the peripheral areas of the city suffer from poor socio-economic conditions even though they have positive environmental conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-86
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Geospatial Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • GIS
  • Landsat
  • Latin America
  • Principal Components Analysis
  • Remote Sensing
  • Urban Development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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