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The Manifestation of Neighborhood Effects: A Pattern for Community Growth?

Department of Sociology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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Societies 2020, 10(1), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10010016
Received: 27 December 2019 / Revised: 22 January 2020 / Accepted: 25 January 2020 / Published: 5 February 2020
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: community; neighborhood effects; attachment; satisfaction; development community; neighborhood effects; attachment; satisfaction; development
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Cope, M.R.; Jackson, J.E.; Sanders, S.R.; Erickson, L.D.; Morlan, T.; Brown, R.B. The Manifestation of Neighborhood Effects: A Pattern for Community Growth? Societies 2020, 10, 16.

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