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This study investigated and compared the characteristics of property owners’ (both full time resident and second home owners) level of attachment to place and identified the motivations that contribute to the formation of that attachment. A total of 607 respondents expressed the degree of such attachment based upon their property ownership in Currituck County, North Carolina. Different from much of the place-based research in community attachment, this work included tourism impacts on community life and sense of care in the models. Being a member of local civic organizations, the state of the natural environment, and place amenity were related to second homeowners’ attachment; whereas close proximity to friends and family, the community’s financial condition, and the level of satisfaction with tourism’s impact on the community’s economy and jobs, were associated with full time residents’ attachment. Sense of care did not predict the attachment for either full time or second home property owners.

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Assessing Place Attachment Among Permanent and Second Home Property Owners in an Tourism Dependent Coastal County

This study investigated and compared the characteristics of property owners’ (both full time resident and second home owners) level of attachment to place and identified the motivations that contribute to the formation of that attachment. A total of 607 respondents expressed the degree of such attachment based upon their property ownership in Currituck County, North Carolina. Different from much of the place-based research in community attachment, this work included tourism impacts on community life and sense of care in the models. Being a member of local civic organizations, the state of the natural environment, and place amenity were related to second homeowners’ attachment; whereas close proximity to friends and family, the community’s financial condition, and the level of satisfaction with tourism’s impact on the community’s economy and jobs, were associated with full time residents’ attachment. Sense of care did not predict the attachment for either full time or second home property owners.