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Adults in good health were more likely than those in poor health to report a strong sense 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 fair or poor health reported lower levels of social cohesion than those in excellent, very good, or good health.
  • Veteran status was unrelated to perceptions of social cohesion.