TEMPORALITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD SOUND PERCEPTION
Sound levels vary by time of day and day of week. Therefore, we would expect the perception of neighborhood loudness to vary as well. Below are the responses to survey questions asking participants to rate the loudness of their neighborhoods during the daytime and nighttime for both the weekday and the weekend. We were also interested in the sound level within their homes and if they felt as if they had control over the sound level inside of their homes.
Overall, the majority of survey respondents rated the sound level inside of their home as not or slightly loud. Despite the fact that the majority of residents felt as if the inside of their homes were not or slightly loud, over half of the participants felt as if they did not have control over the sound level inside of their home. This percentage was even greater for those who lived in shared space environments (72%) and, by neighborhood, those who lived in Chinatown (65%) and East Boston (82%).
Survey participants felt as if the weekend nighttime sound levels were loudest, as the percentage of moderately to very loud was largest during this time frame.
How loud is your neighborhood during the WEEKDAY…
Not or Slightly Loud 40.1%
Moderately Loud 29.95%
Very Loud 19.84%
Not Home During This Time 9.64%
Not or Slightly Loud 53.57%
Moderately Loud 31.12%
Very Loud 15.3%%
Not Home During This Time 0%
How loud is your neighborhood during the WEEKEND…
Not or Slightly Loud 44.9%
Moderately Loud 35.20%
Very Loud 19.9%
Not or Slightly Loud 42.78%
Moderately Loud 32.47%
Very Loud 24.75%
How would you rate the loudness of the inside of your home?
Not or Slightly Loud 74.5%
Moderately Loud 18.50%
Very Loud 7.0%