It is important to identify the geographic, demographic, and social characteristics of a neighborhood. Studies have found that new urban characteristics, which facilitate personal interactions, correlate with a community's social characteristics, the "youthfulness" of a neighborhood, homeownership rate, marital status, and the presence of children 18 and under in the household. These results suggest that some aspects of new urbanism may help promote social interaction and create a sense of community and neighborliness.
The free report also features the marital statuses of local residents who are at least 15 years old.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF NEIGHBORHOODS
Homeownership rate and marital status are two ways to measure neighborhood stability. The residents' social and marital statuses are also important pieces of information to have when describing the neighborhood's uniformity. To get more information about a neighborhood's social dimension, more data should be analyzed such as:
The diversity amongst the residents and families, including economic, social, ethnic, and demographic factors. Find out how the neighborhood fosters social interaction, promotes human contact and creates a good sense of community and neighborliness.
The proximity of different locations in the neighborhood to determine if these places are within walking or biking distances. This information is useful for accessing public transit, parks, public spaces, shopping centers, schools, etc. Find out how pedestrians and bicyclists are accommodated (sidewalks, paths or trails, designated bike lanes, share-the-road signs, etc.)
The activities and facilities that support the residents' everyday lives such as housing, schools, stores, parks, green space, businesses, churches, public or private facilities, common streets, transit, etc.
Find out if there was formal planning that contributed to or sustained the character of the neighborhood, or if the neighborhood formed organically, without a formal planning process.