The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) is a study of adults, teens, children, and neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Our goal is to understand: how neighborhoods affect a variety of outcomes, including children’s development and well-being and stress and health among children and adults.
Research suggests that safe, supportive neighborhoods are important for children, teens, and adults. But what makes a neighborhood a positive place to live? L.A.FANS will help to answer this question by comparing the lives of children and adults in a broad range of neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.
In 2000-2001, we interviewed 3,000 families in 65 neighborhoods as part of Wave 1 of L.A.FANS. For Wave 2, which was fielded in 2006-2008, we reinterviewed these families as well as new families who moved into these neighborhoods.
L.A.FANS is conducted by the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization in Santa Monica, in collaboration with the UCLA School of Public Health.