The Oil Drum: New York City
has an interesting map of the United States that displays the amount of social capital per state. Social capital is a bit of an ill-defined term but simply indicates the sense of community and interconnectedness people feel. Or as Robert Putnam, author of a book on social capital
called Bowling Alone says
, “The central premise of social capital is that social networks have value. Social capital refers to the collective value of all ‘social networks’ [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other [‘norms of reciprocity’].” The map is based on the results of a survey
, presumably by Putnam and suggests that states such as Vermont and North Dakota have higher levels of social capital than Nevada or Alabama.