That's the question the Knight Foundation aspired to answer with a three-year, 26-city survey designed to better understand the factors that emotionally attach people to where they live.
Researchers consistently detected three metrics - a city's openness, aesthetics and social experience - that seem to drive the extent to which people care about their place.
I'm not convinced that's a groundbreaking discovery. But the info maps created to measure and track a city's performance on key indicators is interesting to play with. Here are the links to that data for the greater Great Lakes cities studied.
Also, video reports for some: