We all have different definitions of what we think of as our “community”. In fact, two neighbors could live side-by-side and still feel as though they belong to two different communities. For example, one neighbor may define their community as the street they live on, while another may feel that their community extends to the entire neighborhood or even town.
So how do local Charlotteans define their community?
To answer that question, YourVoiceCLT surveyed 438 Charlotteans in fall 2018. Specifically, we asked respondents to tell us what they think of as their community.
Some respondents had strict definitions of community such as the “5 mile radius around our home”, “20 mile radius around my property”, and “anything in a 15 minute radius”. On the other hand, some respondents had broader definitions that extended to their neighborhood (“NoDa”, “Plaza Midwood”, “Ballantyne”), town (“Mint Hill”, “Matthews”), general area within Charlotte (“East Side”, “West Side”, “South Charlotte”, “North side of Charlotte”), or all of Charlotte (“Charlotte and surrounding areas”, “Greater Charlotte area”).
Some respondents had extremely broad definitions in comparison to others such as “the state of North Carolina” or “[the entire] country”. Respondents with broader definitions of community often highlighted the importance of considering nearby neighborhoods, towns, or all individual’s living in Charlotte as part of their community given the interdependence and effects one community can have on one.