Feeling Safe

Share of Adults Feeling Safe in Their Neighborhood

by Gender, Poverty Level, Race & Ethnicity

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

% Think Crime Is a Serious Problem

Bay Area, 2023

Black or African American85%
Adults Ages 50-6482%
Parent of one or more children under the age of 18 living at home79%
Asian / Pacific Islander75%
Women Ages 18-3470%

Data Source:

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

“Data for feelings of safety are from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), which asked respondents “Do you feel safe in your neighborhood all of the time, most of the time, some of the time, or none of the time?” Feeling safe includes those who responded all or most of the time. Breakdown by percent Federal Poverty Level (FPL) includes <200%, 200-300%, and 400% or more (in 2022, the FPL for a family of four was $27,500). All racial subgroups are not Hispanic or Latino. The share of Bay Area residents that think crime is a serious problem are from the 2023 Silicon Valley Poll, and include those who responded that it is an “extremely serious” or “very serious” problem. Democrats and Republicans are defined by respondents’ answer to “Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as” with response options Democrat, Republican, or Independent/Other. “

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