How Does Family Well-Being Vary Across Different Types of Neighborhoods?

Low-Income Working Families: Paper 6

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Urban Institute

April 1, 2006


This paper uses data from the National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF) to look at differences across types of neighborhood environments in the well-being of families and children. The authors examine data on earnings, access to services and supports, child well-being and more to shed new light on the impact of local neighborhood environments.

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Key Takeaway

The Effects of Poverty and Segregation

Evidence shows that disadvantage and distress are associated with neighborhood poverty, and racial and ethnic segregation. For example, people who live in central-city and nonmetropolitan communities are more likely to suffer poor health and unreliable access to quality health care.

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