Having children in the household and being in a couple relationship were both associated with higher ratings 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 in households with children reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion than did those without children.
- Respondents in married or unmarried couple relationships were more likely than those without partners to have high social cohesion scores.