Keywords

community, neighborhood effects, attachment, satisfaction, development

Abstract

Neighborhood effects, or the development of community by neighborhoods, are often studied in an urban context. Previous research has neglected to examine the influence of neighborhoods in nonurban settings. Our case study, however, contributes to the existing literature as it takes place in a small, rural-to-urban town at an important point in time where the town was urbanizing. We find that neighborhood effects also influence community satisfaction and attachment in Creekdale, an urbanizing town. Using survey data (N = 1006) drawn from the Creekdale Community Citizens Viewpoint Survey (CCVS), we find that, contrary to conventional wisdom, population size and density does not matter necessarily for an individual’s community attachment and satisfaction; community experience is shaped by neighborhood effects.

Original Publication Citation

Cope, Michael R., Jorden E. Jackson1 , Scott R. Sanders, Lance D. Erickson, Tippe Morlan1 , and Ralph B. Brown. Forthcoming. “The Manifestation of Neighborhood Effects: A Pattern for Community Growth?” Societies 10, 16.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-02-05

Publisher

Societies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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