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Table 1 Items & Scales of the Chicago Neighborhood Rating Method from Two Areas of Metropolitan St. Louis.

From: Rating neighborhoods for older adult health: results from the African American Health study

  General conditions
Item/Scale Overall n = 816 Inner City n = 364 Suburbs n = 452
Rating not done % 4.4% 5.5% 3.6%
Items rating entire street
*Traffic volume none to heavy (Mean 0–3 ± SD) 1.04 (± 0.9) 1.32 (± 0.9) 0.82(± 0.8)
*Street condition very good to poor (Mean 0–3 ± SD) 1.16 (± 0.8) 1.39 (± 0.8) 0.98(± 0.8)
*Noise very quiet to very noisy (Mean 0–3 ± SD) 0.71 (± 0.8) 0.89 (± 0.8) 0.56 (± 0.7)
Smells % yes 2.6% 3.3% 2.0%
Dirt & dust % yes 1.1% 1.9% 0.4%
Items rated on block face of respondent's residence
Abandoned car % yes 1.7% 2.7% 0.9%
*Beer/liquor bottles % yes 9.1% 16.2% 3.3%
*Cigarettes % yes 16.2% 24.7% 9.3%
*Garbage, litter none to heavy (mean 0–3, ± SD) 0.53 (± 0.8) 0.86 (± 0.9) 0.26 (± 0.5)
Graffiti % yes 1.0% 2.2% 0.0%
Neighborhood crime signs % yes 4.5% 3.3% 5.5%
Security signs % yes 44.9% 38.5% 50.0%
For sale signs % yes 7.7% 8.2% 7.3%
Commercial property % yes 8.2% (67) 14.6% (53) 3.1% (14)
   % Poor/fair condition 2.9% 5.8% 0.7%
   % With pull down blinds/iron gates 3.1% 6.3% 0.4%
   % With security bars/grates/boards 3.6% 7.1% 0.7%
Primary housing type    
   % Single family 65.1% 42.6% 83.2%
   % Private multi family 16.9% 34.9% 2.4%
   % Private apartments 12.9% 12.9% 12.8%
   % Public housing 5.1% 9.6% 1.5%
*Residential condition very good to poor (Mean 0–3 ± SD) 1.11 (± 0.9) 1.55 (± 0.9) 0.75 (± 0.7)
Security bars/grates on residences % yes 27.4% 47.8% 10.9%
Recreational facilities % yes 1.3% 1.4% 1.3%
*Scale: traffic, street condition, noise, beer, cigarettes, garbage, residential unit condition (Mean 0–15 ± SD) 4.81(± 3.2) 6.44 (± 3.0) 3.50 (± 2.7)
  1. * Items sum for the rating scale (range 0–15 points for Block Face A). Higher scores represent worse neighborhood conditions.
  2. SD = standard deviation