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From health to happiness, how neighbors impact our lives

“I think that now, and not just now but maybe for the last decade or so people are starting to appreciate the value of knowing your neighbors," Morenoff said.
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“I think that now, and not just now but maybe for the last decade or so, people are starting to appreciate the value of knowing your neighbors," Morenoff said.";

 

What’s the most important thing to consider when you’re choosing a neighborhood?

You real estate agent would probably tell you: location, location, location.

But what makes one neighborhood different from another a few blocks over?

One key factor is the relationships between the people living there. In other words: neighbors, neighbors, neighbors.

The past two decades have seen a wealth of social science research that suggests the people you live next to can shape your life in all kinds of ways.

Jeffrey Morenoff is the director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He’s been studying how neighborhoods affect us.

Morenoff joined us today to talk about some of that research, how where you live can affect your physical and mental health, and the concept of social cohesion.

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Support for State of Opportunity comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a partner with communities where children come first.

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