A community thrives when its people are engaged in its institutions and in each other, and when they have access to safe streets, good sources of information, and places to gather. In Greater New Haven, most adults volunteer or give to local causes, and most believe that they or their neighbors can effect change at a local level.
Other measures of civic wellbeing, however, show disparities between our higher and lower income neighborhoods. According to the 2019 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, more than eight in ten residents of Greater New Haven's high-income neighborhoods say that they feel safe taking walks at night. Less than half the residents of low-income neighborhoods do. Closing these and other gaps is critical to ensuring that a vibrant community is accessible to all.