A substantial body of social science research finds evidence that living in high-poverty and racially isolated neighborhoods can undermine the well-being and life-chances of both children and adults. Clearly, neighborhood environment is not the sole factor influencing people's well-being; individual and family attributes also play critical roles. This paper uses the latest data from the National Survey of America's Families (NSAF) to explore variations across types of neighborhood environments in the well-being of families and children. Its takes advantage of the richness of NSAF's data on family work effort, economic security, access to services and supports, and child well-being, in order to shed new light on the relevance of neighborhood environment.
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