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Crime Factors and Neighborhood Decline in Chicago, 1979 (ICPSR 7952)

Published: Sep 26, 1997

Principal Investigator(s):
Richard Taub; D. Garth Taylor

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This study explores the relationship between crime and neighborhood deterioration in eight neighborhoods in Chicago. The neighborhoods were selected on the basis of slowly or rapidly appreciating real estate values, stable or changing racial composition, and high or low crime rates. These data provide the results of a telephone survey administered to approximately 400 heads of households in each study neighborhood, a total of 3,310 completed interviews. The survey was designed to measure victimization experience, fear and perceptions of crime, protective measures taken, attitudes toward neighborhood quality and resources, attitudes toward the neighborhood as an investment, and density of community involvement. Each record includes appearance ratings for the block of the respondent's residence and aggregate figures on personal and property victimization for that city block. The aggregate appearance ratings were compiled from windshield surveys taken by trained personnel of the National Opinion Research Center. The criminal victimization figures came from Chicago City Police files.

Taub, Richard, and Taylor, D. Garth. Crime Factors and Neighborhood Decline in Chicago, 1979  . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997-09-26.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AX-0131)



Eight Chicago neighborhoods were selected for the study on the basis of high or low crime rates, stable or changing racial composition, and slowly or rapidly appreciating property values. Respondents from each of the eight neighborhoods were selected on the basis of random-digit dialing and screened for street name and block number.

Eight neighborhoods in Chicago.

personal interviews

survey data



1997-09-26 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection.


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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.