Vibrant Human Quality of Life
Cultural Wellbeing
Participation in cultural practices
Vital Sign Indicator
Percent (%)

No targets are currently set for this indicator.

Kelly Biedenweg
Contributing Partners
Last Updated
8/10/2021 12:18:14 PM
2020 index of mean responses to satisfaction with cultural practices engagement by county. Map created by Brian Katz. These and other human wellbeing data can be further explored with an interactive web interface at the link below.
The participation in cultural practices indicator describes Puget Sound residents’ satisfaction in regards to their participation in cultural practices. “Cultural practices” addresses a range of practices linked to the natural environment, including recreational, civic, and social activities, as well as tribal cultural practices related to natural resources.
Vital Sign Indicator Chart
Participation in cultural practices
By: Response
Respondents were asked to rank their satisfaction levels in regard to their participation in four categories of cultural activities or traditions using a scale of 'Dissatisfied' (1) to 'Satisfied' (5) or 'I do not engage in this activity or tradition'.

This indicator describes Puget Sound residents’ satisfaction with their ability to engage in environmentally-related cultural practices. Low satisfaction could be due to low access either because opportunities were limited (for example, due to COVID), personal reasons (for example, time constraints), or other factors. Cultural engagement is a key component of social identity and human wellbeing. This indicator will be important for assessing tradeoffs among potential recovery strategies and ensuring that strategies enhance cultural practices across diverse cultural groups.

Key Vital Sign Indicator Results
  • People that do engage in cultural practices ranked their satisfaction levels in regard to their participation in cultural activities or traditions. These respondents were largely satisfied with or neutral (neither satisfied nor dissatisfied) on their ability to participate in environmentally-related cultural practices.
  • Individuals in Kitsap County were generally more satisfied with their opportunities for cultural practices, while people in Mason County were on average less satisfied.
  • Participation in cultural practices was higher for the purposive Latinx sample than both the Latinx and non-Latinx general survey respondents. However, satisfaction levels overall were similar between the different samples.
Monitoring Program

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Data Source

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Vital Signs Survey Summary Report 2020

Data are collected every 2 years via paper survey to a random sample of Puget Sound households. The population chosen for this survey was a clustered random sample of Puget Sound residents, with an initial sample of 9,000. Due to undeliverable addresses, the total sample reached was less than 9,000.  In 2020, the response rate was 25 percent for a total of 1,843 respondents.

Also appended is a 2021 purposive sample of 180 Latinx respondents who were selected using a variety of techniques, including:

  • qualtrics panel of Latinx respondents,
  • recruitment ads placed in Spanish and English with regional Spanish radio and newspapers, and
  • social media recruitment through Puget Sound Latinx groups.

This one-time survey was conducted to approach Latinx respondents in diverse, potentially more culturally-appropriate ways, to determine if the Latinx respondents to our general public survey significantly differ from the overall Latinx population of Puget Sound (e.g., do Latinx respondents to our biennial random sample survey represent a biased group of Latinx?). To answer this question we compared the responses to the purposive sample to 1) all non-Latinx respondents in the general public survey and 2) only Latinx respondents to the general public survey.

Critical Definitions

Cultural practices in this monitoring program are defined as environmentally-oriented social activities, practices important to heritage, Native practices or activities, and spiritual or religious nature-based practices. 

Interpretation of Results

For the purposive Latinx sample, those who were more satisfied with their engagement in cultural practices had higher income. There were no demographic predictors for the random population sample.

This is the first year for collecting these data.


The Puget Sound Partnership believes in the transparency and accessibility of the data used to address progress measures. These data are provided by contributing partners to the Partnership and are made publicly available through the Puget Sound Info site. These data are available on an "as is" basis and the Partnership is not responsible for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies. Please acknowledge the monitoring program and data source when using these data and obtain permission from the Vital Sign Indicator Reporter to use these data in a publication.

Human Wellbeing 2020 Data
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Do not engage in this, Dissatisfied, Somewhat dissatisfied, Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, Somewhat satisfied
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