The greater the number of adults living in a neighborhood, the more likely it is that youth in the neighborhood will graduate from high school, a report from the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance, finds.
Who’s Minding the Neighborhood?: The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation examined the ratio of adults over the age of 25 to school-age youth between the ages of 6 and 17 by ZIP code. It found that, on average, a 1% increase in the adult-to-youth ratio, or adult capacity, resulted in a 1% decrease in the dropout rate. According to the study, for every seven additional adults living in a neighborhood, one less student dropped out of school. The study also found that adults age 45 and older had the largest effect on youth dropout rates.