QuickStats: Percentage* of Children and Adolescents Aged 6–17 Years Who Have Roads, Sidewalks, Paths, or Trails Where They Can Walk or Ride a Bicycle,† by Urban-Rural Status§ and Family Income¶ — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2020**
Weekly / September 2, 2022 / 71(35);1136
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Abbreviations: FPL = federal poverty level; MSA = metropolitan statistical area.
* With 95% CIs indicated by error bars.
† Based on a positive response to the question, “Where the child lives, are there roads, sidewalks, paths or trails where they can walk or ride a bicycle?”
§ Urban-rural status is determined by the Office of Management and Budget’s February 2013 delineation of MSAs, in which each MSA must have at least one urban area of ≥50,000 inhabitants. Areas with <50,000 inhabitants are grouped into the rural category.
¶ As a percentage of FPL, which is based on family income and family size, using the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds. Family income was imputed when missing.
** Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population.
During 2020, 88.7% of children and adolescents aged 6–17 years had roads, sidewalks, paths, or trails in their neighborhood or near their home where they could walk or ride a bicycle. Availability of these spaces was less common among children and adolescents who lived in families with incomes <200% of FPL (85.6%) than among those in families with incomes ≥200% of FPL (90.5%) and was consistent among children and adolescents in both urban (89.4% versus 93.9%) and rural (64.9% versus 77.4%) areas. Regardless of income, availability of spaces to walk or ride a bicycle was lower among children and adolescents living in rural areas (73.4%) than among those in urban areas (92.1%).
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm
Reported by: Amanda E. Ng, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4587; Dzifa Adjaye Gbewonyo, PhD.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Children and Adolescents Aged 6–17 Years Who Have Roads, Sidewalks, Paths, or Trails Where They Can Walk or Ride a Bicycle, by Urban-Rural Status and Family Income — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:1136. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7135a5.
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