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Published in Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, 12 vols., Alex C. Michalos, ed. (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Reference), pp. 1094–1099.
Community has been described as an original phenomenon, namely, the local unity of a group of human beings who live their social, economic, and cultural lives together and jointly recognize and accept certain obligations and hold certain standards of value in common. Satisfaction can be defined as the discrepancy between aspiration and achievement, ranging from the perception of fulfillment to that of deprivation. Satisfaction is highly personal, heavily influenced by past experiences and current expectations. Finally, we can say that the term community satisfaction refers to people’s subjective evaluation of their own well-being as measured by how well their local community meets their personal needs.