Pew Research shows rural-urban residents see difference in values but report many similarities
May 23, 2018 by Blandin Foundation
Yesterday Pew Research released a report, What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities, that provides insight into the perceptions, values and experiences of community life in different geographies.
One finding highlighted that while over half of urban residents say their rural counterparts do not share the same values (and vice versa), both rural and urban residents reported similar levels of attachment to their communities, view proximity to family as important, and are equally likely to talk with their neighbors on a regular basis.
On family ties:
In urban, suburban and rural areas, more point to family ties than to any other factor as one of the main reasons why they stayed in the community where they grew up or why they left and later returned. About four-in-ten of those who left and came back (42%) and 35% of those who have lived in or near the same community their entire lives say they have done so to be near family. For both groups, factors related to the quality of life in the community, such as the cost of living, the climate, amenities, schools, or the sense of community, are the second most-cited reasons; 22% of those who left and returned and 17% of those who never left point to these factors.
On community attachment:
In each of the three types of communities, those who have lived in their community for more than a decade and who have made connections with their neighbors are the most likely to feel a sense of attachment. About seven-in-ten adults who have lived in their community more than a decade (69%) say they feel very or somewhat attached to their local community, compared with 54% of those who have lived in their community six to 10 years and 44% of those who have done so less than six years.
On neighbor connections:
About half of adults who know at least some of their neighbors in urban (53%), suburban (49%) and rural (47%) communities say they have face-to-face conversations with a neighbor at least once a week.
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