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Safety of Child in the Neighborhood

Families are more likely to feel comfortable in a neighborhood if they feel that their children are safe. Parents were asked how often they felt that their child was safe in their community or neighborhood—never, sometimes, usually, or always. Overall, parents of 86.1 percent of children report that they feel that their child is usually or always safe in their neighborhood.

Parents of White and multiracial children were more likely to report that their children are safe in their neighborhoods, compared to parents of children of other racial and ethnic groups. Nearly 93 percent of White children were reported to be usually or always safe in their neighborhoods, as were 86.9 percent of multiracial children. In contrast, parents of 77.5 percent of Hispanic and 74.0 percent of Black children felt that their children are safe in their neighborhoods.

Parents' assessments of neighborhood safety vary by income as well. Of children with household incomes below the poverty level, 72.1 percent were reported to be safe in their neighborhoods, compared to 81.8 percent of children with household incomes between 100 and 199 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL). Of children with household incomes between 200 and 399 percent of FPL, 89.8 percent lived in safe neighborhoods, as did 94.0 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of FPL.


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