Community >> Social Cohesion >> Children, Relationship Status

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.