Differences by race/Hispanic origin*
Perceived neighborhood safety improved from 2003 to 2016 for each racial/ethnic group, although disparities remain. In 2016, 72 percent of non-Hispanic white children’s parents “definitely agreed” their neighborhood was safe, compared with 54 percent among Hispanic children and 53 percent among non-Hispanic black children. From 2003 to 2011/12, the percentage of non-Hispanic black children whose parents reported their child was “always safe” in their neighborhood increased from 43 to 49 percent; for Hispanic children, it increased from 46 to 52 percent. In 2016, non-Hispanic black and Hispanic children were more likely than their non-Hispanic white peers to live in neighborhoods that parents “somewhat or definitely disagreed” were safe, at 11, 10, and 3 percent, respectively. The percentages of children whose parents “somewhat agreed” that their neighborhood was safe were higher for non-Hispanic black and Hispanic children, at 37 percent each, compared with non-Hispanic white children, at 25 percent (Appendix 1).
* Hispanic persons may be of any race.