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. This percentage was higher in small rural areas (91.2 percent) and large rural areas (88.8 percent) than in urban areas (85.2 percent).
In all locations, children with higher household incomes were more likely than lower-income children to live in safe neighborhoods. This discrepancy is greatest among urban children, of whom 69.1 percent of those with household incomes below the Federal poverty level (FPL) were reported to usually or always be safe in their neighborhoods, compared to 93.7 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent of FPL or more.
Within most racial and ethnic groups, the percentage of children who were usually or always safe in their neighborhoods is greatest in small rural areas. This discrepancy is greatest among Hispanic children who primarily speak Spanish; within this group, 73.1 percent of children in urban areas live in safe neighborhoods, compared to 93.1 percent of those in small rural areas. Among English-speaking Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native children, the highest percentage living in safe neighborhoods was found in large rural areas.