Safety 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 86.6 percent of children reported that they felt that their child was usually or always safe in their neighborhood. This percentage was highest in small rural areas (90.9 percent), followed by large rural areas (88.7 percent), and lowest in urban areas (86.0 percent).

In all locations, children with higher household incomes were more likely than lower-income children to live in safe neighborhoods. This difference was greatest among urban children: 72.9 percent of those with household incomes below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) were reported to usually or always be safe in their neighborhoods, compared to 94.8 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of the FPL. In all income groups, children living in rural areas were more likely to be reported to be safe in their neighborhoods than their urban peers. The greatest differences were seen among children in the lowest income category: among children with household incomes below 100 percent of the FPL, 83.6 percent of children in small rural areas and 77.9 percent of those in large rural areas were reported to be safe in their neighborhoods, compared to 72.9 percent of those in urban areas.

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