Belonging


This map shows predicted average levels of belonging for local areas.  

 

A sense of belonging in the places we live is important for everyone, and an important element of local social life.

 

There is evidence of a link between wellbeing, belonging and attachment to place. Belonging is complex, but it is a basic human need. The lack of belonging can explain why newcomers to an area may fail to feel at ‘home’; and why people can experience loneliness and isolation.

How the map works

Output Areas are coloured to indicate predicted levels of belonging. Dark colours mean higher levels of belonging. Pale colours mean lower levels of belonging. 

 

The results have been calculated by combining responses about how strongly residents felt about the following statements from the Understanding Society Survey:

  • “I feel like I belong to this neighbourhood”

  • “I plan to remain resident of this neighbourhood for a number of years”
     

Data sources

Understanding Society: Innovation Panel, Waves 1-9, 2008-2016: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Output Area Classification. SN 7639

Understanding Society, Waves 1-6, 2009-2015: Special Licence Access, Census 2011 Output Area Classification. SN 7629      

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