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.

April 1, 2006

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The differences between families in suburban communities and families in central-city or nonmetropolitan areas.

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    How families in different neighborhoods experience differences in health care and health outcomes.

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    Why families in different types of neighborhoods experience variations in the overall well-being of their children.

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    The impact of poverty on adults and children in affected neighborhoods.

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    The effects of racial and ethnic composition of neighborhoods.

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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