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The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) is a longitudinal study of families in Los Angeles County, California, and of the neighborhoods in which they live.

Research suggests that safe, supportive neighborhoods are important for children, teens, and adults. But what makes a neighborhood a positive place to live? We are trying to answer this question by comparing the lives of children and adults in a broad range of neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.

The L.A.FANS focuses on:

  • Neighborhood, family, and peer effects on children's development
  • Effects of welfare reform at the neighborhood level
  • Residential mobility and neighborhood change

The first wave of the L.A.FANS was fielded between 2000 and 2001. Fieldwork for Wave 2 of L.A.FANS was conducted between 2006 and 2008. We offer Public Use Data and four versions of Restricted Data. See the comparison table to decide which version is right for you.

We have available the questionnaire instruments for L.A.FANS Wave 1 and Wave 2.

Also available are L.A.FANS documentation reports and publications.

Contact us with any questions or for more information about L.A.FANS.

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L.A.FANS Publications

The following are recent publications based on L.A.FANS.

Do Perceptions of Social Cohesion, Social Support, and Social Control Mediate the Effects of Local Community Participation on Neighborhood Satisfaction? — 2011

Dassopoulos, A., and S.M. Monnat

Environment and Behavior , Volume: 43, Issue: 4, Pages: 546-565

The neighborhood context of relative position, trust, and self-rated health — 2011

Bjornstrom Eileen E.

Social Science & Medicine , Volume 73, Issue 1, Pages 42-49. Epub 2011 May 27.

The Multiple Dimensions of Immigrant Acculturation and Obesity among Mexican-Americans — 2011

Creighton, Mathew J., and Anne Pebley

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, DC, April 2011

The Shape of Things to Come: Obesity Prevalence among Foreign-Born vs. U.S.-Born Hispanic Children in California — 2011

Buttenheim, Alison M., Anne Pebley, Katie Hsih, and Noreen Goldman

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, DC, April 2011

Patterns of Biomarker Participation for Children in Wave 2 of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey — 2011

Sastry, Narayan, and Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, DC, April 2011

A Census Data Based Simulation Experiment on the Effects of Modeling Neighborhood Effects on a Health Outcome at “the Wrong” Scale of the Census Geography — 2011

Nau, Claudia L.

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, DC, April 2011

Methodological Issues in the Analysis of Residential Preferences and Residential Mobility — 2011

Bruch, Elizabeth E., and Robert D. Mare

Research Report 11-725, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan

Eyes on the Block: Measuring Urban Physical Disorder Through In-Person Observation — 2011

Jones, Malia, Anne R. Pebley, and Narayan Sastry

Social Science Research, Volume 40, Issue 2, Pages 523-537

“Does Latino Population Induce White Flight? Evidence from Los Angeles County” — 2011

Pan, Ying

Working Paper, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University

Neighborhood Protective Effects on Depression in Latinos — 2011

Vega, William A., Alfonso Ang, Michael A. Rodriguez, and Brian K. Finch

American Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 47, Issues 1-2, Pages 114-126

To Live and Die in L.A. County: Neighborhood Economic and Social Context and Premature Age-Specific Mortality Rates among Latinos — 2011

Bjornstrom, Eileen

Health & Place, Volume 17, Number 1, Pages 230–237

The Automobile, Immigrants, and Poverty: Implications for Immigrant Earnings and Job Access — 2010

Clark, William A.V., and Wenfei Winnie Wang

Urban Geography, Volume 31, Number 4, Pages 523–540

Association of Perceived Neighborhood Safety on Body Mass Index — 2010

Fish, Jason S., Susan Ettner, Alfonso Ang, and Arleen F. Brown

American Journal of Public Health Volume 100, Number 11, Pages 2296–2303

A Tale of Two Cities: Residential Context and Risky Behavior among Adolescents in Los Angeles and Chicago — 2010

Frank, Reanne, and Eileen Bjornstrom

Health & Place Volume 17, Number 1, Pages 67–77

Schooling Location and Economic, Occupational and Cognitive Success among Immigrants and Their Children: The Case of Los Angeles — 2010

Jackson, Margot I., Anne R. Pebley and Noreen Goldman

Social Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 3, May 2010, Pages 432-443

Influence of Neighbourhood Collective Efficacy on Adolescent Sexual Behaviour: Variation by Gender and Activity Participation — 2010

Kim, Jinsook

Child: Care, Health and Development, Volume 36, Issue 5, Pages 646-654