Connection to Neighbors
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Frequently Talk with Neighbors
Fayetteville Metro23%
Fort Smith Metro33%
Little Rock Metro37%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau







What does this measure?

The percentage of residents that report talking to their neighbors every day or a few times a week.

Why is this important?

Talking with neighbors is one element of building a strong community. Neighbors who talk and know each other are more likely to look out for one another, share information about crime and safety, and act together if problems arise. People report feeling safer when they know their neighbors.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2013, the proportion of Arkansas residents who reported frequently talking with their neighbors was 38%, similar to the national level, and down from 40% in 2008. The national level decreased by more than the state in that same time period.

Hispanics' connection to their neighbors was low, with only 30% of Hispanics reporting that they frequently talk with their neighbors, compared to 38% of blacks and whites.

Within the state, the Little Rock metro area had the highest rate of residents reporting frequent communication with their neighbors (37%). In contrast, the Fayetteville metro area had much lower rates (23%).

Notes about the data

Data is based on the Civic Engagement Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). No county-level data is available. The frequency of CPS supplemental inquiries (such as the Civic Engagement Supplement) vary; some are conducted annually, others every other year or on a one-time basis. Data is reported for years available. The CPS sample is selected so that it is reliable at the national and state level, data for smaller geographic areas (such as MSAs) is not as reliable.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Frequently Talk with Neighbors

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Frequently Talk with Neighbors by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaskan Native onlyAsian onlyBlack onlyHispanicNon-HispanicTwo or more racesWhite only

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Frequently Talk with Neighbors by Gender

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Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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