ONE in five urban dwellers believes there is a greater sense of community in the countryside than in the city.
But the rural population could be taking this for granted as having a sense of community is viewed as more important to urban dwellers than to rural residents, according to the study for NFU Mutual.
“It is clear that no matter where you live, everyone is searching for a sense of belonging," said Sylvia Newham of NFU Mutual.
"City dwellers are clearly very envious of the perceived tight-knit community of the rural population but maybe it is being taken for granted by those who live in it.
"Sadly a sense of community is missed more by those who do not have it then is valued by those who do."
For a fifth of rural people, local neighbours provide a significant source of community feeling (compared to just 14% of urbanites).
People in rural communities are also more likely to feel that they know their neighbours than their urban counterparts, with a third of the rural population valuing this link.
Rural inhabitants also use hobbies and interest groups and the religious community to build up their social network meaning that they are also more likely to take part in social community events.
But this could be down to there being fewer community events available in towns and cities.
The study shows that living in the city encourages people to build a community around their workplace, an important source of community for 12%.
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