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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2021

Physical Environment and Safety

A young boy in a hat sitting in a tree

The physical environment in which children live plays a role in their health, development, and safety. This section presents indicators on environmental conditions such as outdoor air quality, secondhand smoke, drinking water quality, and exposure to lead that may affect children. In addition, indicators of housing problems, youth victims of serious violent crimes, and child and adolescent injury and mortality are presented.