AVERAGE NOISE SENSITIVITY LEVEL BY BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD
- Average Noise Sensitivity Level by Boston Neighborhood
For all survey participants—regardless of where they lived in the Greater Boston Area—the average ranking of sound sensitivity was a level of 6 (out of a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 was not sensitive and 10 was very sensitive).
However, breaking down these levels by each of the Boston neighborhoods, we observe a range of average sensitivity levels. Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Mission Hill had the highest sound sensitivity while the North End and Chinatown/Downtown reported the lowest sound sensitivity levels.
A few questions of interest to us were whether or not sound sensitivity varied by key socioeconomic factors including gender, race, income level, age, and ownership status. Our findings:
White survey respondents had higher mean levels of sensitivity than non-white respondents (6.2 vs 5.8 points), this difference was not statistically significant.
Those with income levels below the median income in the state of Massachusetts reported lower sensitivity (5.8 points) than those with income levels above the state median income (6.1 points).
Those with college degrees tended to be more sensitive to noise (7.4 points) than those without college degrees (5.9 points). This difference was statistically significant.
Those who owned their own homes reported higher sensitivity (6.3 points) than those who did not own homes (5.9 points).
Females were more highly sensitive than males (6.4 vs 5.7 points).