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Low-income residents more likely to care about neighborhood

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Some may assume that residents of run-down, crime-ridden neighborhoods don’t care about their communities, but new research suggests otherwise.

Mansoo Yu, an assistant professor of social work and public health at the University of Missouri, studied levels of community care and vigilance among residents living in high-crime, low-income areas. Community care and vigilance refer to individuals’ desires to improve their communities, to take pride in their neighborhoods, and to monitor and report unwelcome happenings, such as crimes, near their homes.

“We hypothesized that individuals with higher incomes would have higher levels of community care and vigilance, but the opposite was true,” Yu says. “Residents with lower incomes were more likely to care about their communities than their higher-earning neighbors.”

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