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Ratings of neighborhood social cohesion were higher among King County adults with higher levels of income and education.

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).

  • Higher income was associated with higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion.
  • College graduates were more likely than adults with less education to report high levels of social cohesion.
  • Adults who were retired reported higher levels of social cohesion than those who were employed, unemployed, out of the labor force (homemakers and students), or unable to work.