Chicago adults remain consistent in their belief that gun violence is the top social problem facing youth in the city, as measured in the latest Healthy Chicago Survey Jr., conducted by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The study found that:

  • gun violence was adults’ top social concern for youth, for the third straight year
  • racial disparities in health were the second most pressing concern, followed by racism and discrimination as the third most common concern
  • inadequate job opportunities for youth emerged as a new top 10 concern

Gun violence was named the top concern by an overwhelming 85 percent of Chicago adults across all races, genders, ages and income levels — not just for their own kids but for all children and adolescents across the city. In 2020, 4,133 youth and adults were victims of gun violence and the number of shootings in 2021 has already outpaced that number. In the August 2021 Voices of Child Health in Chicago Report, nearly a quarter (23%) of Chicago parents said their families had been personally affected by gun violence.

The most recent Healthy Chicago Survey Jr. was conducted from June-December 2020. Respondents included 4,517 adults in Chicago from all 77 neighborhoods, including parents and non-parents. For more information, visit chicagohealthatlas.org. Read the full press release here.