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Cornhusker Economics, January 10, 2018, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
Community attachment or connection to a community has been shown to be related to numerous items. The Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community project found positive correlations between community attachment and local GDP growth. They also found higher levels of community attachment were related to community social offerings, openness of the community to different types of people and aesthetics of the community. Community attachment has also been related to decreased mobility of residents (people attached to their community are more likely to want to stay there). However, is community attachment also related to perceived change in the community and perceived powerlessness of the community? In addition, is community attachment related to individual well-being? Data from the 2017 Nebraska Rural Poll (conducted in the spring of 2017) can examine these questions.