|Fort Smith Metro||33%|
|Little Rock Metro||37%|
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.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native only||Asian only||Black only||Hispanic||Non-Hispanic||Two or more races||White only|
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