Neighborhood Amenities

The availability of neighborhood amenities, such as playgrounds, community centers, and libraries, provides children with opportunities for recreation, education, and socializing without going far from home. Overall, 76.6 percent of children were reported to live in neighborhoods with sidewalks or walking paths; 84.6 percent had a park or playground in their neighborhood; 88.6 percent had a library or bookmobile in the community; and 69.2 percent had a recreation center, community center, or Boys’ and Girls’ club. Only 3.7 percent of children were reported to live in neighborhoods with none of these amenities, while 54.1 percent of children lived in neighborhoods with all of these amenities.

Children in lower-income households are more likely to live in neighborhoods with no amenities, while children in higher-income households are most likely to live in neighborhoods with all 4. Of children with household incomes of 400 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL) or more, nearly two-thirds (63.5 percent) lived in neighborhoods with all 4 amenities, compared to 44.8 percent of children with household incomes below the FPL. Over 6 percent of children in low-income households lived in neighborhoods with no amenities, compared to 21 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent of FPL or more.