Community Identity

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Grand Mound and Davenport are two places with a strong sense of community identity. Community identity refers to how people define themselves by social interactions, values, religion, and other norms among their neighbors. In today’s age, fitting in appears to be an escalating desire, and keeping up with the Joneses is a modern developed habit in which residents keep the same appearances as their neighbors. This is typically noticeable in higher income neighborhoods, as wealthier people have the money to keep up with home improvements and purchase other material goods to match their neighbors. While studying both cities, I made a point to determine if either community would be suitable for families, what ways community members interact, and…show more content…
Furthermore, both neighborhoods offered multiple two story houses, nearby parks, and other recreation for adults. Children would be happily occupied by playing in parks, and teenagers and adults would enjoy restaurants and nearby museums for entertainment. These factors are necessary for a suitable community connection because there are activities that multiple citizens can participate in to coexist. Next, varying architecture can attract a variety of people. After observing the differing architecture, I came to the conclusion that the idea of keeping with the Joneses is not prevalent in these neighborhoods. As a combination of these aspects, I concluded that both neighborhoods do, in fact, provide family friendly environments. In fact, over half of the houses in both Grand Mound and Davenport are family situated. In Davenport, out of the 40,620 occupied homes, 24,291 of them are occupied by families (Population). In a similar way, about 76% of the households in Grand Mound are occupied by families (Grand). With today’s growing population, it is important for emerging families find a satisfactory place to raise…show more content…
The appropriate amount of recreational activities is provided in both neighborhoods. Museums, parks, and other miscellaneous activities are provided for proper community connection. Furthermore, even though there is not a lot of ethnic diversity, there is diversity among views of architecture and nature. Best of all, both communities offer healthy environments to reside in because of clean air and infrequent littering. All of these aspects come together to create an appropriate community to raise a family. In addition, livability is above average for both places. Grand Mound scored a 72, and Davenport scored a 71 on the livability test (Livability). The score is based on a scale from 1-100, and aspects used to rate livability included the cost of living, weather, education, and crime rates. This score tells us that both communities are exceptional places to live. For emerging families searching for a place to reside, Grand Mound and Davenport offer valuable family environments and strong community
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