Community >> Social Cohesion >> Age, Gender

Adults age 45 or older were more likely than younger adults to report high levels of neighborhood social cohesion.

Social cohesion is generally understood as mutual trust among neighbors combined with a willingness to intervene on behalf of the common good.  Neighborhoods with high levels of social cohesion tend to have lower rates of violence. 

In 2011, King County adults were asked 5 questions about trust in their neighborhood and 5 questions about the likelihood that their neighbors could be counted on to intervene in problem situations.  The mean social cohesion score for adults in King County was 36.2, with a possible range from 10 (low) to 50 (high).

  • Adults aged 45 and older reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion than did those who were younger.
  • Women reported higher levels of social cohesion than men.