"This research examined environmental factors related to commitment to a community. Commitment can be seen as a component of place_identity and the perceived importance of the community for one's personal future, the feeling to 'want to stay.' Laili developed a scale to measure this dimension and four other dimensions of place-identity. In this study I modified Laili's questionnaire to refer to any community the participants chose as their hometown. Fifty undergraduates participated and each completed several questionnaires. (1.) Hometown Assessment Questionnaire (modification of Laili's original scale). The commitment subscale consists of four 5_point Likerttype rating scales. Commitment is defined as the sum of these ratings. (2.) Community Resources Questionnaire. Participants evaluated various resources within the neighborhood and the community. (3.) Psychologically Important Places. Participants listed all places in their hometown "which they cared about, which were important to them," and the reasons why. Similarly participants nominated all community places they disliked or about which they had negative feelings. (4.) Demographics. Participants identified their hometown residential areas using postal Zipcodes. These were used to select nine demographic variables from the 1990 US Census. // Detailed results of this study will be presented at the conference. In general the results showed that the hometowns of these young adults figured more prominently in their future plans directly with the number of places in the community about which they had positive feelings. Availability of particular kinds of resources within the local neighborhood was also associated with commitment. A number of these important places and neighborhood resources allowed the young adults opportunities to develop social relationships and to develop experience-based ties to the community. The presence of these facilities and resources within the local neighborhood varies with the community's zoning policies. The current findings can be seen as relevant to community consideration of such policies. It is important to note that experiences of personal assaults, awareness of 'bad areas in the community, and the lack of early childhood experiences in the community did not weaken commitment to the hometown. In addition, the neighborhood and community facilities attractive to these young adults may not influence commitment in other age groups."