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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.19 Measuring Neighborhood Satisfaction Through Participation in Civic Organizations and Neighborhood Groups

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Neighborhood satisfaction is a subjective concept that has varying perspectives and attributes that depend on an individual’s need or expectation. The concept determines how residents attach ties and values to their neighborhoods. Neighborhood satisfaction is dependent on some underlying factors such as individual and neighborhood resources, exposure to problems, social interaction, and community expectations. Studies portray neighborhood satisfaction as essential in communities because it is a significant predictor of mental health, life satisfaction, perceived safety, and thoughts of moving. Also, it evaluates the objective components about householders’ experiences and expectations of their neighborhoods. This study was guided by the following questions: 1. Does the involvement of people in civic organizations and neighborhood groups promote neighborhood satisfaction? 2. Does the participation in such groups translate into a higher satisfaction rating? This quantitative study utilizes the 2013 metropolitan sample of the American Housing Survey. The 2013 sample was chosen because most of the questions on the neighborhood characteristics are in the survey. An ordinal logistic regression was used for the analysis. Data were collected from households that answered questions on the rating of neighborhoods, civic organizations and neighborhood groups. The expectation lies in the premise that residents that participate in civic organizations and neighborhood groups have higher satisfaction than those who do not. Results of the study indicated that of the 27,598 households in the sample, only 4,331 (16%) were members of civic groups, and 2,870 (10%) were members of neighborhood groups. Future analysis requires merging the census data with the survey data for proper identification of neighborhood characteristics.

Ebunoluwa Odeyemi, The University of Georgia

Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)