Living in a community of some type is an important part of one’s life. The feeling of community exists everywhere and in a variety of forms - from urban communities based in a big city to a small, close-knit rural ones, or anywhere in between. Community groups such as those of the police, hospitals, and others, provide strength, service, and support to the members who live within that community. It is natural that one feels at home and involved with one’s community, and wishes to engage with them in some way.  Learn more about community living, types of communities, and what makes them unique and special.

What Makes a Community?

A community is essentially a group of people living in a place governed by similar laws, who share common rights, privileges, and interests. Living in a community often gives people a sense of security and allows them to live life socially with a sense of belonging. One reaches out to a community in times of happiness and distress, and for education, medical assistance, financial help, protection, and social entertainment. The community engages and embraces an individual and symbolizes that man is truly a social animal.

Urban Communities - Living in the City

Urban communities center around the city. A city is usually divided into the ‘old city’ which consists of historical buildings or architecture and then, the ‘new city’ which consists of modern buildings, skyscrapers, offices, apartment-style homes and the general buzz that surrounds city life. Living in the city can be a lot of fun and provide one with a comfortable and safe lifestyle. At the same time, there are several disadvantages to city living – costs are higher, pollution is more and the continuous fast pace of life may be detrimental for one’s health. However, as with every community, city life is exciting and engaging and one needs to experience it at least once.

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  • Urban Development and Reconstruction: Information on how reconstruction and development of a city takes place in the form of urban quarters, the size and nature of the city and techniques for reconstructing the city.
Suburban Communities - Living in the Suburbs

Suburban communities are those that are formed on the fringes of cities. They provide families with the comfort of a city life and the peace of the country. Kids can play in gardens and neighbors can chat with one another. At the same time, suburban communities enjoy the benefits and services of the same community organizations as found in the city. Schools, hospitals, police, and fire departments are all an integral part of the suburban community life.

Rural Communities - Living in the Country

Living the rural life is very different from both city and suburban life. Life in the countryside is more sustainable, with families often centered around agriculture and livestock. However, this does not mean that rural areas lack community in any way. Community organizations, such as police, hospitals, fire departments, and schools are all an active and involved part of the rural community. However, in rural areas, many of these services are often shared between multiple communities.

Community Lesson Plans & Teacher Resources

Community is what defines and binds everyone together. Made up of various institutions and people who perform a variety of roles and duties, a community is, therefore, central to life in human society.