Homophily, as contrasted with homosexuality, means that your friends (remember Philadelphia means City of Brotherly Love), the people you surround yourself with, are like you. It is seen to be a natural human inclination.
Certainly, when my parents came to Montréal, they found a neighbourhood (Verdun) with others from Newfoundland. Many cities have a Chinatown or a Little Italy or other ethnic enclaves. A new immigrant will want to find others who share some of the basic life experiences.
Your current circle of friends may resemble yourself in many ways. Most likely socio-economic (or class) factors would be the most common denominator. Depending on the makeup of your town, racial or religious factors may weigh in. Continue reading