Sense of Community Belonging

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Sense of community belonging refers to how one identifies with their community, and how it impacts them as a result. It is different than participation in community activities and events.

Statistics Canada states that research shows a high correlation of sense of community belonging with physical and mental health.

Table 1. Population Aged 12 and Over who Reported their Sense of Belonging to their Local Community as Being Very Strong or Somewhat Strong.

“Research shows a high correlation of sense of community-belonging with physical and mental health.” (Statistics Canada)

Geography

Sex

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Canada

Both sexes

64.6

65.0

65.4

65.4

64.8

66.1

Males

63.9

65.0

64.5

64.6

63.0

65.8

 Females

65.4

64.9

66.2

66.2

66.6

66.4

Ontario by Health Unit

Both sexes

65.5

67.3

67.1

67.7

67.0

68.2

Males

64.6

67.6

65.9

66.6

65.7

67.5

 Females

66.4

67.0

68.4

68.8

68.1

68.7

Niagara Regional Area Health Unit, Ontario

Both sexes

68.9

67.8

73.1

68.0

65.8

73.7

Males

69.2

64.9

72.8

69.6

63.5

75.2

 Females

68.7

70.4

73.4

66.5

67.9

72.3

Table 2

This is a different version of the same information provided in Table 1. Values are for the Niagara Regional Area Health Unit. (Statistics Canada)

Characteristics

2007-2008

2009-2010

2011-2012

Number of persons

245,762

261,174

258,829

Percent

68.3

70.6

69.8

Figure 1: Sense of Community Belonging (%) by Sex, 12 Years and Over, Niagara Regional Area Health Unit (Health Region) and Ontario for 2013 (Statistics Canada, 2013)

sense of community belonging by sex

Figure 2: Personal Resources: Sense of Community Belonging (%) by Sex, 12 Years and Over, Niagara Regional Area Health Unit (Health Region), and Canada for 2013. (Statistics Canada, 2013)

personal resources

Above Data Retrieved From:

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=1050501&pattern=sense+of+belonging&csid=

http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng&retrLang=eng&id=1050502&pattern=&csid=

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