• Shigekazu Ukawa Osaka City University Graduate School of Human Life Science
  • Yusuke Kato Kinjo Gakuin University College of Human Life and Environment
  • Yonggeun Lee The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering
  • Kazuoki Ohara Yokohama National University Faculty of Urban Innovation
  • Kazuhiko Mori Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Human Life and Ecology




older population, resdential settings, movement to new residences, societal surroundings, natural surroundings


This study aimed to identify what drives community attachment among
suburban residents. Methods: In a cross-sectional analysis, 4,301 individuals (1,792 males,
2,480 females) from four Japanese regions were surveyed in 2019. A negative binomial
regression model adjusted for area, age, and sex was used to calculate prevalence ratios
(PRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for neighborhood attachment factors. Multiple
imputation with the fully conditional specification method addressed missing values.
Results: The prevalence of the sense of attachment to the community was 82.3%. Years of
residence ≥ 20 vs. ≤ 10 years (PR: 1.07; 95% CI: 1.01–1.13); satisfaction with the
environment of nursing care in the residential area (PR: 1.06; 95% CI: 1.03–1.09); ease of
walking on the streets (PR: 1.09; 95% CI: 1.06–1.13); satisfaction with natural
surroundings of the community (PR: 1.37; 95% CI: 1.23–1.54); satisfaction with the
convenience of daily shopping, medical care, welfare, and cultural facilities (PR: 1.05;
95% CI: 1.02–1.09); satisfaction with engagement with neighbors and community (PR:
1.13; 95% CI: 1.08–1.18); presence of people in the community who can be consulted
about problems (PR: 1.07; 95% CI: 1.03–1.11); degree of relationship with neighbors who
would speak upon meeting vs. almost no relationship (PR: 1.13; 95% CI: 1.09–1.18); and
presence of close friends in the community (PR: 1.07; 95% CI: 1.02–1.12) were
significantly associated with a sense of attachment to the community. Conclusion: When
developing a community, the factors that influenced the sense of attachment to the
community should be considered by municipalities


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Ukawa, S., Kato, Y., Lee, Y., Ohara, K., & Mori, K. (2024). FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE SENSE OF ATTACHMENT TO THE COMMUNITY IN THE JAPANESE SUBURBAN POPULATION. Proceedings of the International Conference on Public Health, 8(02), 37–46. https://doi.org/10.17501/24246735.2023.8205