In 2010, 70.6% of those over 12 years of age rated their sense of belonging to their local community as very strong or somewhat strong. Research shows a high correlation of sense of community-belonging with physical and mental health. Niagara rating of sense of belonging was higher than Ontario at 67.4% (68.2% for males and 68.6% for females) and higher than Canadian ratings of 65.4% (64.6 for males and 66.2% for females), and Hamilton at 67.0% (63.8 for males and 70.1 for females). Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, 2009/2010. CANSIM Table no: 105-0502
2010 was higher at 70.6% than in 2005 when 69.9% in Niagara reported they had a very strong or somewhat strong sense of belonging to their local community, higher than 62.9% in Waterloo Region, 65.5% of those inOntario and 64.1% inCanada.
Figure 10.6 Percentage of Population Reporting Strong or Somewhat Strong sense of Community Belonging 2009/2010
In 2003, 91% of those in Ontarioreported a somewhat or very strong sense of belonging toCanada; 77% to their province; and 68% to their community. In all provinces, the sense of belonging was lowest at the community level. Those 65 years and over 79% reported they had a strong highest sense of belonging to their community, higher than all other age groups.
In the 2011 Social Capital Survey (Cudmore), citizens rated their sense of belonging in Niagara as 4.21 as a median on a 6 point scale that ranged from no not at all to yes, definitely.