HUMAN BEINGS ARE SOCIAL ANIMALS. Our relationships with family, friends, and people around us are central to what makes us feel good or bad about life.

Neighborhood Relationships

Neighborhood Relationships

Feeling able to trust in and rely on neighbors is important to sense of community.

Source: Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey, 2014
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2014

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Sense of Community
Increases with Age

Sense of Community Increases with Age

Sense of community includes social networks, interactions with people you don't know, and a sense of belonging, along feelings of being able to influence local decisions and time committed to Santa Monica.

Source: Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey, 2014
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Strong Local Networks

The more often people meet with friends, relatives or colleagues, the higher their overall personal wellbeing score.

Source: Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey, 2014
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Social Interaction

Social Interaction

The more often people meet with friends, relatives or colleagues, the higher their overall personal wellbeing score.

Source: Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey, 2014
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Volunteer Rate

Volunteer Rate

Civic engagement, including volunteering, is an important aspect of community that helps people feel not only a sense of belonging, but also a sense of power, voice, & influence in one’s community.

Source: Corporation for National & Community Service, 2013; SM Wellbeing Survey, 2014
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Santa Monica residents turn out to vote in big numbers, but few (29%) feel they can influence city decisions.

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is an important aspect of community that helps people feel not only a sense of belonging, but also a sense of power, voice, and influence in one’s community.

Source: Los Angeles County Registrar, 2012
Source: Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey, 2014

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