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Adults in all King County regions worried about safety less in 2011 than they had in 2004. 

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

In 2004, 2007, and 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.

  • The 2011 average score was 24.3.  This is equivalent to respondents answering that they worried about all 6 items ‘a little of the time.’
  • Perceived safety increased in all regions and King County between 2004 and 2011.
  • Respondents in the East and North Regions and the County also reported an increase in feelings of safety between the 2007 and 2011 surveys.