This research examines three dimensions of people investment in urban space: social representations of urbanity from the point of view of neighbohood sociabilities, urban identities and residential satisfaction. A survey was distributed to a sample of 257 french cities women inhabitants (Paris, Bordeaux and Nantes) according to their place of residence (central/peripheral). Urbanity representations, urban identity and residential satisfaction were assessed using a questionnaire. This questionnaire consisted of three scales (a urbanity scale, a urban identity scale and a satisfaction scale). It was hypothesized that environmental variables (geographical location in the city –town centre / periphery- and administrative status –capital/provincial city-) would influence social representations of urbanity, urban identity and residential satisfaction. The results show an aspiration for social implication in the neighborhood and identification to residential place, especially in city centres. Moreover, this aspiration for social implication and this place identification were particularly strong in Paris.