New Indicators on Characteristics of Children’s Neighborhood Environments

Racial/ethnic “minority” children are already the majority of the child population under age 6 and will be the majority of all children by 2020. There is growing evidence on the importance of neighborhood environments for children’s wellbeing and life chances. Thus, understanding and addressing inequities in children’s neighborhood environments are critical steps in addressing inequities in child opportunities and outcomes.

A new comprehensive data tool by diversitydatakids.org allows users to compare the neighborhood environments of children by race/ethnicity, child’s age and poverty status along 19 indicators. The breadth of socioeconomic, housing and demographic neighborhood conditions available for the 100 largest U.S. cities and metropolitan areas is unparalleled in any other public data tool. It allows the user to easily create interactive rankings, maps and visualizations that capture the extent of inequity in children’s neighborhood environments by race/ethnicity and family poverty.

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