A group of people who socialize in a location.
Informal social groups that enjoy a shared sense of belonging and comradely independently of location.
NeighborhoodsSmall TownsCitiesEthnic Groups ReligionsInterests (e.g. sailing community)Lifestyle (e.g. simple living community)Professions (e.g. scientific community)Situation (e.g. expat community)Culture (e.g. the art world)
Social InteractionSense of BelongingSense of Shared IdentityCivilityNorms & CultureMutual Support
Community vs Culture
Community refers to people. Culture refers to shared meaning and norms that emerge in groups that spend time together. Culture and community often overlap. A community can include many cultures. A culture can span many communities. For example, a neighborhood may have many ethnicities that each have an ethnic culture. In this context, a neighborhood culture and neighborhood community may also exist.
Community vs Society
A society is a comprehensive system for organizing life in a place. This usually occurs at the level of nations. A society is far larger than a community and isn't informal. For example, a society includes things like laws that are formally defined. A society typically includes many communities. A community can span multiple societies.
Communities are informally defined such that a person may feel like part of the community if they participate in it in some way. Any social group with formal membership is not a community. The following are counterexamples, meaning that these things are specifically not communities in themselves.SocietiesNationsOrganizationsInstitutions