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Across the province, 66% of us describe our sense of belonging to our local neighbourhood as strong, but only 18% describe it as very strong suggesting room to further strengthen our local connections. We feel the same about belonging regardless of gender, and feel a stronger sense of belonging as we grow older and live longer in our community. Our sense of belonging also increases if we have a spouse or partner (regardless of whether or not we have children), or if we are a single parent. Our sense of belonging is lower if we are a student, unemployed, or of Chinese origin.
Our trust in neighbours returning a lost wallet increases with age, length of residency in the neighbourhood, and with higher levels of household income and education.
Our feeling of safety while walking alone in our neighbourhood after dark is lower if we are female (70%), Aboriginal (68%), or if we are under 25 (65%). Our feeling of safety increases if we are homeowners, have lived in the neighbourhood for longer, and have higher levels of household income and education.
Fewer than half of us feel that someone new moving onto our street would be welcomed into the neighbourhood, and only 13% of us strongly believe so.
We are less likely to think someone new moving onto our street would be welcomed if we are 25-34 (36%), and more likely if we are 75+ (57%).
Across BC, our responses range from a low of 33% to a high of 64%, suggesting room for improvement in all regions.
have participated in a community activity in the last year
have visited a local library, community or recreation centre
know about opportunities to get more involved in our community
Across BC, our most common suggestion for getting involved in community is through volunteering. Our interest in volunteering remains the same regardless of our income, education, age, or family status.
However, the biggest opportunity to strengthen community connections is by participating in a neighbourhood project. The gap between those interested in participating in a local project, and those that have done so, represents the greatest opportunity to invite people across BC to strengthen communities together.
Our sense of belonging is the same regardless of gender, but increases with age and length of residency in our community. It is stronger if we have a partner (whether or not we have children), and for single parents.
We have the highest number of trusted people in our network if we are over 75 years of age (6.9). We have slightly more trusted people in our network if we female (6.2) vs. male (5.6).
If we are male, violent attacks (27%) are our main concern followed by robbery (19%). Among women, sexual assault (21%) is our greatest concern.
We are most likely to move for employment options if we are 25-34 (29%) and have a university degree (23%).
We are more likely to have a strong sense of belonging to a group or activity if we are younger or studying.
We are more likely to have lived in our community for longer if we are residents of the North Interior / Northwest (37 years) and North Shore / Sea to Sky (25 years).