Feeling of belonging to a neighbourhood

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1. Main facts and figures

  • 63% of people aged 16 and over in England said they felt strongly or fairly strongly that they belonged to their neighbourhood in the year to March 2020
  • less than half of people from Other ethnic group (44%) felt strongly that they belonged to their neighbourhood

2. Things you need to know

What the data measures

The data measures how strongly people feel they belong to their neighbourhood, by ethnicity.

Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Not included in the data

Data based on fewer than 30 people is not included as it makes estimates unreliable.

The ethnic groups used in the data

People chose their ethnicity from a list of 18 ethnic groups used in the 2011 Census.

Data is shown for the following 5 aggregated groups:

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Mixed
  • White
  • Other

This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make reliable generalisations about all 18 ethnic groups.

Methodology

Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for the data.

The figures on this page are based on survey data. Figures for most ethnic groups were similar to the previous year, but small sample sizes for some ethnic groups make it harder to detect differences over time. Find out more about interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed.

You can also read about how weighting is used to make survey estimates more representative of the group they are about.

3. By ethnicity

Percentage and number of respondents who feel fairly or very strongly that they belong to their neighbourhood, by ethnicity
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Ethnicity 2016-17 Value 2016-17 Number of respondents 2017-18 Value 2017-18 Number of respondents 2018-19 Value 2018-19 Number of respondents 2019-20 Value 2019-20 Number of respondents
All 62 10,215 62 10,173 62 10,599 63 10,203
Asian 64 1,109 65 925 59 907 67 795
Black 60 357 56 353 62 348 62 393
Mixed 65 462 56 508 61 497 63 460
White 61 7,996 63 8,067 62 8,541 63 8,034
Other 62 162 44 124 47 125 44 117

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity’ (CSV)

Summary of Feeling of belonging to a neighbourhood By ethnicity Summary

The data shows that, in the year to March 2020:

  • 63% of people aged 16 and over in England said they felt strongly that they belonged to their neighbourhood
  • less than half of people from the Other ethnic group (44%) felt strongly that they belonged to their neighbourhood, compared with higher figures in the Asian (67%), White (63%), Mixed (63%) and Black (62%) ethnic groups

4. Data sources

Source

Type of data

Survey data

Type of statistic

Official statistics

Publisher

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Publication frequency

Yearly

Purpose of data source

The Community Life Survey tracks developments in areas that are important to encouraging social action and empowering communities.

These include:

  • volunteering and charitable giving
  • neighbourhood (views about the local area, community cohesion and belonging)
  • civic engagement and social action
  • wellbeing

5. Download the data

Feeling of belonging to a neighbourhood - Spreadsheet (csv) 2 KB

This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, value, number of respondents