Community Interconnectedness

Community interconnectedness refers to residents having trusting relationships among community members built upon mutual support and open communication that foster the formation of new, and strengthen existing, connections. Social interconnectedness encourages health by incentivizing outdoor interactions, creating safety support systems for vulnerable individuals, and promoting positive model relationships for youth. 62% of whites say they trust all or most of their neighbors, compared with 31% of blacks and 27% of Hispanics.(1) 67% 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) Approximately 30% of LGBT individuals stated that they were physically attacked or threatened(2) and 58% stated that they were target of slurs and/or jokes.

  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.