Neighborhood Quality

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Children who live in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty are less likely to have safe places to play. Black youth are 10x more likely to live in a poor neighborhood than their white peers and are more likely to suffer from poor-quality schools, environmental hazards, witness violence and other factors that get in the way of living a healthy lifestyle over their lifetime. Poor neighborhoods are more likely to have conditions that pose a risk to children’s health, such as poor air quality, mold, pests, lead paint and pipes. Witnessing is an adverse experience that children in neighborhoods with concentrated disadvantage are more likely to experience.