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    WORSENING TREND

Compared to a decade ago, slightly fewer Waikato residents agree that they experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.

This indicator is measured as the percentage of people who agree or strongly agree that they experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey.

Why is this indicator important?

People have a basic need to connect with other people for social contact. A lack of social connectedness can impact on people’s overall health. Within communities it can also lead to other problems such as increased crime. Measuring levels of social connectedness can help us to plan for current and future support systems and other resources in our region.

Social connectedness

Bar chart of social connectedness in the Waikato

 

Year Agree or strongly agree
2006 63
2016 65
2018 61

 

What is this indicator telling us? 

  • Compared to 2006, a slightly lower percentage of Waikato regional survey respondents in 2018 agree that they experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood (61% in 2018 compared to 63% in 2006). 
  • Within the Waikato region, Hamilton city respondents were less likely to agree in 2016 that they experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood (56%). Across the Waikato region, respondents aged 18 to 24 (43%) were less likely to agree that they experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood, whereas respondents aged 65 plus were more likely to agree. A breakdown of the 2018 survey results is forthcoming.
  • In comparison to other developed countries, New Zealand has one of the highest levels of social connectedness. In New Zealand, 95% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need, higher than the OECD average of 89%.

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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Indicator is the percentage of people who agree or strongly agree that they experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey(external link).

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006, 2016 and 2018.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.

DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:

Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes

New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Secondary statistics from the OECD Wellbeing Report: Community – Key findings(external link).

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