Examining the relationship between urban density and sense of community in the Greater Vancouver Regional District

Published in the journal ‘Cities’ and available here

This study investigated whether highly dense urban environments have a negative influence on residents’ sense of community. It used an online survey to measure respondents’ sense of community and compared it to the density of the areas in which they live. Findings of this study suggest that urban density has a negative but weak relationship with sense of community among survey respondents. They also suggest that providing some types of public space may encourage higher levels of sense of community among residents in high-density areas.