Feeling Part of a Community
About 90 percent of residents strongly or somewhat agree they feel accepted by their community and are treated fairly. More than 80 percent agree that opportunities exist for people in their communities and that they make a difference, while nearly 80 percent say they know of at least one community organization that would help with an urgent issue. These figures fall off to about 60 percent when residents are asked whether they are active in their communities or feel like they have a voice in their schools.
Whites and Hispanics and Asians are somewhat more likely to feel like they are accepted and treated fairly than blacks. Younger adults and older adults are less likely to feel like they make a difference or be active. Those with higher incomes and education are more likely to feel like they make a difference, they can get help if needed, they are active and they have a voice in schools.