More than a place to live, residents feel a sense of belonging in their city and feel a part of the cities heart and soul.
Two in three Australians strongly/somewhat agree they feel free to be themselves in their city (66%) while three in five feel proud to be a part of their city (60%) and a similar proportion feel like they belong to their city (56%). Almost half of Australians (49%) strongly or somewhat believe that being a resident of their city is an important part of their identity.
“Our largest capitals are global cities, with populations in the millions yet most of their residents still feel part of their city and that they belong to their city.” Dr Lindsay McMillan
Younger Australians feel lonelier in their city than their older counterparts
While cities provide a place of belonging and identity for some, they can also be isolating and lonely for others with one in five Australians (22%) feeling isolated and/or alone in their city. This is particularly felt by Gen Z Australians with almost two in five (36%) feeling isolated or alone in their city, more so than their older counterparts (cf. 27% Gen Y, 24% Gen X, 11% Baby Boomers, 5% Builders).
“While the younger generations are more likely to live in high-density housing, and in the most urbanised areas of our cities, they are the least likely to feel like they belong to their city, and the most likely to feel isolated and lonely there.”
As older Australians are more likely to feel that they can be themselves in their city (78% Builders, 74% Baby Boomers, 66% Gen X cf. 61% Gen Y, 57% Gen Z), they have a great opportunity to create spaces where younger generations can belong.