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Percent of persons ages 18 and older who report feeling safe walking near their home


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Actual indicator available Percent of persons ages 18 and older who report feeling safe walking near their home
Actual indicator available - description
Date of national source publication November 2015
Method of computation Percent of total adult U.S. resident population
Periodicity Annual survey, conducted by Gallup, in October of each year
Scheduled update by national source
U.S. method of computation
Comments and limitations The results are based on telephone interviews with a random sample of adults, age 18 +, living in the U.S. The interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cell phones with a minimum quota of 50% cell phone and 50% landlines respondents, with additional quota by region. Phone numbers are selected using random digit dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household based on the adult with the most recent birthday. Samples are weighted to correct for unequal probability of selection, non-response, and double coverage of landline and cell users in two sampling frames. All estimates are subject to sampling error. Each year, the margin of error is approximately +/- 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. (For additional detail, see The National Crime Victimization Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, does not collect this information; however, as part of methodological work for the NCVS redesign, the BJS is conducting the American Crime Survey. The survey includes an item similar to that used by Gallup: Is there any place within a mile of your home where you would be afraid to walk alone at night? [ ] Yes [ ] No. The companion survey is a mail survey, self-administered (with a split sample of about 200,000 to determine appropriate placement). For more detail, see the OMB clearance package: The field test is nearing completion, with a report expected in the fall of 2017.
Date metadata updated March 2018
Disaggregation geography None
Unit of measurement Randomly selected adult
Disaggregation categories None
International and national references (for 2015 data)
Time period Snapshot at time of interview
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Proportion of people that feel safe walking alone around the area they live
Target name Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
Global indicator description Adult U.S. residents who answer "yes" to the following: Is there any area near where you live - that is,within a mile - where you would be afraid to walk alone at night?
UN designated tier 2
UN custodial agency UNODC
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Organisation Gallup's Crime Survey (conducted annually in October)
Agency Staff Name Gallup Inc., Jim Norman (provided by the Bureau of Justice Statistics)
Agency Survey Dataset Gallup's Crime Survey (conducted annually in October)
Notes (for 2007-2014 data)
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