An ideal community includes safety, predictability, opportunities, access to goods and services, relationships between citizens, common values and goals, and a recognized place in the social structure. According to Ohio State University, this ideal community is merely theoretical, as it has never been established.
One of the key elements of an ideal community is safety. Although total safety is impossible to guarantee, citizens of a community want to be reasonably safe from danger, including natural disasters, community hazards and crime. They also want access to a readily available and safe water supply. Another element of an ideal community is predictability, meaning members are familiar and comfortable with life in the community and with their day-to-day relationships.
Opportunities, another aspect of the ideal community, mean that people can grow and be fulfilled within the community. Community members need access to affordable goods and services to sustain life in the community. Healthy relationships between citizens is another necessity as they bind people to one another and to the community. An ideal community contains people with similar values and goals so they are joined by commonality and not divided by insurmountable differences. Finally, citizens in an ideal community must have a recognized place in the social structure.