Safety >> Perceived Safety >> Income, Education, Employment

Adults who were unable to work worried about safety more than those who were employed or retired.

Feeling safe and secure at home, work, and play is basic to a sense of well-being and can influence healthy behaviors. 

In 2011, King County adults were asked how often in the preceding 12 months they worried about 6 specific threats to their safety, the safety of their children, and the safety of their home. The possible range of perceived safety scores was 6 (low) to 30 (high). See Notes & Sources for more detail.

  • Adults with household incomes at or above $65,000 worried about safety less than those with incomes below $20,000.
  • College graduates and those with some college worried about safety less than did high school graduates.
  • Adults who were employed or retired worried about safety less than those who were unable to work.
  • Adults who were retired worried about safety less than those who were unemployed.