Supportive Neighborhoods

To assess whether or not families and children are supported in their neighborhoods, parents were asked whether they agreed with the following statements:

  • People in the neighborhood help each other out.
  • We watch out for each other’s children.
  • There are people I can count on in the neighborhood.
  • If my child were outside playing and got hurt or scared, there are adults nearby whom I trust to help my child.

Families were considered to live in supportive neighborhoods if they answered “definitely agree” or “somewhat agree” to each of the four statements. Overall, parents of 82.1 percent of children reported that they live in supportive neighborhoods.

Parents of children in higher-income households are more likely to feel that their neighborhoods are supportive. Among children in households with incomes below the Federal poverty level (FPL), the parents of 70.8 percent reported that their neighborhoods are supportive, compared to 77.3 percent of children in households with incomes between 100 and 199 percent of poverty. Of children with household incomes between 200 and 399 percent of FPL, 85.1 percent lived in supportive neighborhoods, as did 91.8 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of FPL.

Parents’ reports of whether their children live in supportive neighborhoods varied by race and ethnicity. Parents of non-Hispanic White children were more likely to perceive neighborhoods as supportive, compared to parents of other races and ethnicities. Among non-Hispanic White children, 88.0 percent were reported to live in supportive neighborhoods, followed by 80.9 percent of non-Hispanic children of other races. More than 74 percent of Hispanic and 72.4 percent of non-Hispanic Black children also lived in supportive neighborhoods.