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For sample adults and sample children aged 12 to 17, SATSCORE reports their well-being score reported using a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means “very dissatisfied” and 10 means “very satisfied.”

For sample adults, SATISFIED is a related variable recording four general categorical responses about life satisfaction. Both questions were fielded intentionally for methodological reasons; analysts will compare respondents' answers against each other to determine how the categorical responses align with the numeric score on the 11-point scale.

In the first quarter of 2021, SATSCORE was asked near the beginning of the survey (section LS1) and SATISFIED near the end (LS2). In the second quarter, an experiment was introduced to randomly rotate the order of the two questions in the Sample Adult survey. The variable SATFLAG records which question was asked first in each interview. Users should note that both SATISFIED and SATSCORE reflect the combined responses for all four quarters of 2021, regardless of which section each question was asked in. As a result, the number of "not ascertained" responses (code 8) may appear inflated due to drop-offs when each variable was asked in the LS2 section.

For more information about the definition of Life Satisfaction, as well as a list of other emotional and social support variables, please see the variable description for SATISFIED.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 2021: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 12-17.


  • 2021