Social Indicators Research

, Volume 126, Issue 3, pp 1209–1224 | Cite as

Why People Like Where They Live: Individual- and Community-Level Contributors to Community Satisfaction

  • Brittany M. FitzEmail author
  • Larry Lyon
  • Robyn Driskell


Using multi-level modeling in 26 communities, this study examines contributors to three domains of community satisfaction—overall satisfaction, social life satisfaction, and infrastructure satisfaction. Human capital/demographic and social capital/network contributors emerge at both the individual and community levels in accounting for variation in community satisfaction. Some effects remain the same across levels and domains, but some effects differ. For example, living near family members increases satisfaction in all domains at the individual level, but at the community level, it decreases satisfaction in all domains. Residing in communities high in urbanicity reduces overall satisfaction, but has no effect on infrastructure satisfaction. Moreover, both individual and community level factors matter and impact community satisfaction.


Community Satisfaction Domains of satisfaction Multi-level modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyBaylor UniversityWacoUSA

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