The Community Pulse

The Community Pulse survey module is a set of questions that explores how Happiness Pulse respondents interact and relate to where they live. It gives a detailed picture of how they feel about their home, job, neighbourhood, and how they use transport, green space and services.

This additional set of questions help to uncover the connections between our external lives and our wellbeing, and help pinpoint ways that organisations, business and local decision makers can best impact people’s lives for the better.

See the full list of questions and answer scales. Please get in touch with if you are interested in using the Community Pulse.


Community Pulse survey questions

Overall, how satisfied are you with your work?
How do you feel about your household’s income nowadays?
Overall, how satisfied are you with your health?
Overall, how satisfied are you with your current accommodation?
I am able to walk in my local neighbourhood safely after dark
To what extent do you feel you can influence decisions that affect you?
I find it easy and affordable to get to the places I need
I have regular contact with people of different ages from me
I have regular contact with people of different ethnicity to me
Roughly how many of your neighbours would you say you know by name?
To what extent are you satisfied with your neighbourhood as a place to live? 



Using the Community Pulse with the Thriving Places Index


Using the Thriving Places Index and the Community Pulse together can give you powerful new insight into what’s affecting people’s wellbeing in a particular community or local area. Combined, they can give you an in-depth understanding of what conditions need to be in place to support wellbeing, as well as how people are actually experiencing their lives and the communities they live in.


The Thriving Places Index is a new way to look at the strengths and challenges of local authority areas in England and Wales. It shows whether the conditions are in place for people to thrive – in a fair and sustainable way.

It provides a robust reporting framework to support decision-makers  to improve lives on the ground and to help shift the focus, place by place, towards measuring what matters.