Availability of food supplies, drug problems, education, unemployment, crime levels and healthcare are all examples of social conditions. When populations benefit from favorable conditional factors, the overall quality of life also tends to be favorable. When these factors negatively impact on quality of life, they are known as social problems.
The ability of society to supply the necessary food and resources to support its citizens is significant. Available jobs is a closely related concern. When unemployment is high and more people are living in poverty, food supplies are stretched.
Ensuring that citizens have access to a quality education and adequate health care are key social conditions that politicians consider. Teacher salaries, school budgets and the availability of educational supplies all affect the level of education available to children. Similarly, a community needs to have adequate resources to support quality medical facilities and health care providers.
The crime rates in a given community also impact the quality of life. Violent crimes and the overall risk of crime have an impact on family living. Many parents try to avoid raising their families in high crime areas, so high crime rates contribute to sluggish or falling home values.
Other social conditions that affect communities include diversity, consumer spending, building infrastructure, business and industry, morality, and environmental pollution.