Community >> Social Cohesion >> Race, Ethnicity, Country of Birth, Language

Ratings of social cohesion were higher among King County adults who spoke English growing up than among those whose first language was not English.

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).

  • Whites reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion than Blacks or Asians.
  • Adults who were born outside the U.S. and those for whom English was not their first language had lower social cohesion scores than those who were U.S. born and primarily spoke English when they were growing up.