Why is this important?
High levels of social connectedness are thought to promote better health and psychological wellbeing, as well as higher living standards. People can also have more positive views about diversity, identity, and government and community systems.
- Results from the 2017 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey show that just under half (47%) of those living in Greater Christchurch agree (strongly agree or agree) that they feel a ‘sense of community with others in my neighbourhood’, while just under one fifth (19%) do not.
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Residents living in Selwyn District (56%) continue to feel the strongest sense of community with others in their neighbourhood, while residents of Christchurch City (45%) continue to feel the weakest sense of community. The sense of community among Waimakariri District residents (52%) has declined since September 2016.
Those more likely to agree they feel a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood (47%) are:
- Aged 65 to 74 years (64%) or 75 years or over (59%)
- From a household with an income of more than $100,000 (53%)
Those more likely to disagree that they feel a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood 19%) are:
- Those who rate their quality of life as poor or extremely poor (53%)
- Those planning to move to another district in or outside Christchurch (36%)
- Renting the dwelling they usually live in (32%)
- Those who feel lonely or isolated always or most of the time (48%) or sometimes (30%)
- Those who describe their health as fair or poor (28%)
- Aged 18 to 24 years old (33%) or 25 to 34 years old (26%)
- Living with a health condition or disability (25%)
Note: this commentary is adapted from the Canterbury Health and Wellbeing survey 2017. Reproduced with permission.