Table 1. Prioritized list of social indicators.

Social Indicator† blue dots‡ yellow dots§
population growth rate 11 0
self-assessed quality of life 10 6
equity – distribution of benefits 10 9
education rate 8 0
locus of control 7 1
health 6 3
net savings 6 0
local control of businesses 6 0
sense of control 5 2
sense of place 4 7
net regional benefits 4 5
sense of cultural vitality 4 2
economic diversity 3 0
social networks 3 2
resilience 3 8
freedom from fear (level of security) 3 0
infrastructure and service development 3 0
democratic decision making 2 1
water 2 0
volunteerism 2 1
diversity of net regional benefits 2 0
entrepreneurship 2 1
amount/availability of social services/facilities 2 0
suicide rate 2 0
alcoholism, smoking, life expectancy 2 0
confidence in formal institutions 2 7
biodiversity 1 3
access to sustainable livelihoods 1 1
individual identity 1 3
social institutions for protecting land resources 1 1
† As noted, certain economic and social indicators overlap;
‡ More easily measured;
§ Less easily measured.