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Old 11-27-2017, 06:13 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Maybe I need to get my stereotypes right but almost every place that I picture as having a great sense of community also tends to have higher than average religiosity or church attendance. But I do think even if this is correct, there ought to be exceptions. Any examples of exceptions?
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Old 11-27-2017, 06:38 PM
 
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Seattle might be the least religious major city in the US (it's certainly one of them) but we vote yes for nearly everything. We don't have kids but the average school levy gets 70% yes votes. That's people putting community first.
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Old 11-27-2017, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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having a great sense of community also tends to have higher than average religiosity or church attendance.
That would describe every small town in rural America.
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Many college towns have a strong sense of community and low religious participation. The northern New England states in general exemplify this as well. Burlington, VT would be a key example of both.
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Phrases like "sense of community" are basically meaningless as far as I'm concerned. It could mean anything you wanted it to.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:00 PM
 
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Phrases like "sense of community" are basically meaningless as far as I'm concerned. It could mean anything you wanted it to.
Good point...What exactly defines “sense of community” to you, OP?
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:08 PM
 
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I live in DC and the residents of my building have happy hour together once a month. We also have a block party once every 3 months that includes a 3 block radius and we watch each other's dogs when we go on vacation. Not sure what your particular sense of community is but I feel it here and none of us go to church.. I'll end it there.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:18 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Good point...What exactly defines “sense of community” to you, OP?
People who tend to look after one another.. sometimes they might pry into other people's business or overstep their boundaries but at the same time, they tend not to keep their own business to themselves, at least less than average.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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People who tend to look after one another.. sometimes they might pry into other people's business or overstep their boundaries but at the same time, they tend not to keep their own business to themselves, at least less than average.
Problem is, you could say that about any place. And how would you actually measure it? How would you define and identify, "People who look after one another?" If your neighbor lends you a rake for your leaves, does that count? If so, how would you count or classify rake lenders? How would one know if Columbus, Indiana has more or fewer rake-lenders per capita than, say, North Little Rock, Arkansas? Nobody keeps stats on things like this so it would be impossible to say. You would have to rely on anecdotes of a nature which are extremely informal and likely little more than people's wild guesses.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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That would describe every small town in rural America.
I degress.

This describes our town, I've greened the OP the name. And our former town. Very low church attendance in both towns
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