Top 7 Signs of Community: How Does Your Neighborhood Score?

From Experience Life, Intro by Jon Spayde

Real communities help us feel a part of something real, integrated, tangible. They deepen and refine our sense of place, bring out the best in us, and help us recognize, unquestionably, that we belong.

Community has the power to nourish and sustain us in countless ways — many of which science is only just beginning to understand. And for all these same reasons, a sense of community is something worth building, maintaining and holding dear.

Here are the top 7 signs of community. How does your neighborhood score?

1. People use sidewalks and public areas for meeting, conversation and play.

2. Parks are not just pristine green spaces to be admired, but places for use and enjoyment.

3. Pleasant and welcoming community gathering places (coffee shops, plazas) abound.

4. Local businesses, like independent bookstores and restaurants, support community life with bulletin boards, meeting space for local clubs, etc.

5. Auto traffic is not allowed to dominate the neighborhood; traffic-calming devices like speed bumps are in place where needed.

6. Non-elite arts institutions such as community bands, galleries and choirs thrive.

7. There’s ethnic, racial and generational diversity, and low levels of frenzy, anxiety, anger and fear.


Keerthana Rajeev
Keerthana Rajeev5 years ago

Thanks for the information!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.5 years ago


Susanne R.
Susanne R.5 years ago

My neighborhood did very well! I guess I'll have to appreciate it more!

Eva Orta
Eva O.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

nadha h.
nadha h.5 years ago

abt 4 outa

Fareena Narine
Fareena Narine5 years ago

Thanks got a 6 out of 7.

Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio5 years ago


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Patricia Bucio5 years ago


Bente S.
Bente S.5 years ago

6 out of 7 is not bad. :-)