Empirical examinations of the systemic model of community attachment have emphasized the relative importance of certain sociodemographic factors. Among them, length of residence generally has been viewed as the key variable influencing attachment to one's community. Despite the vast number of articles documenting the main effects of length of residence on community attachment, no published papers investigating the interactions between length of residence and additional important systemic-model and/or community-level predictors were uncovered in the literature. Using data collected in a general population survey from a random sample of individuals in two rural communities in Texas, I explore the main effects of length of residence and the interactive effects between length of residence and age, gender, education, income, and community of residence on community attachment. Findings indicate that the way length of residence relates to certain measures of community attachment depends upon the age of an individual. Possible implications of the findings are advanced, as are suggestions for future research.
Theodori, Gene. 2004. "Exploring the Association Between Length of Residence and Community Attachment: A Research Note." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 20(1): Article 6. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol20/iss1/6