Community Interconnectedness

Definition

Community interconnectedness refers to trusting relationships among community members, built upon mutual support and open communication. This trust fosters the formation of new, and strengthens existing, community connections. Social interconnectedness encourages health by incentivizing outdoor interactions, creating safety support systems for vulnerable individuals, and promoting positive relationships for youth.

Disparities

  • Sixty-two percent of whites say they trust all or most of their neighbors, compared with 31% of blacks and 27% of Hispanics.¹

Connection Across Determinants

Socioeconomic Status:

  • Sixty-seven percent of those with household incomes of $75,000 or more say they trust all or most of their neighbors, compared with just 37% of those earning less than $30,000 per year.¹

Sexual Orientation:

  • Approximately 30% of LGBT individuals stated that they were physically attacked or threatened and 58% stated that they were the target of slurs and/or jokes.²

  1. Gao G. Americans Divided on How Much They Trust Their Neighbors. Pew Res Cent. April 2016. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/13/americans-divided-on-how-much-they-trust-their-neighbors/. Accessed June 21, 2017.
  2. Taylor P. A Survey of LGBT Americans. Pew Res Center’s Soc Demogr Trends Proj. June 2013. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/06/13/a-survey-of-lgbt-americans/. Accessed June 21, 2017.