SCCBSSocial Capital Community Benchmark Survey
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In addition to the Social Trust Index, the SCCBS provides three social network measures of social capital: bonding network, bridging network, and linking network.
The SCCBS used the Informal Social Interaction Index to measure bonding networks, which is the frequency of the following events over the past 12 months: (1) having friends visit your home, (2) visiting with relatives, (3) socializing with coworkers outside of work, (4) hanging out with friends in public places, and (5) playing cards and board games.
The SCCBS used the Diversity of Friendship Index to measure bridging networks.
The SCCBS does not provide direct information about linking networks, but the data includes a proxy of individual organizational connections through 18 types of formal organizational membership questions.
It can actually be shown with the SCCBS data that living in a better-educated zip code translates into having better-educated social relationships.
For instance, the SCCBS data indicates that those in less-educated neighborhoods have a much lower proportion of college-educated group members, which in turn means less "financial social capital." For socioeconomic groups lacking natural exposure to finance in their immediate environment, broad-reaching programs such as high school financial education provide an opportunity to get started.
(9.) Since the SCCBS data were collected in 2000, in this case we use education statistics from the long form of the 2000 decennial census.
In addition, the SCCBS data show that religion and secularism break down on ideological lines: Religious people are 38 percentage points more likely to say they are conservative than to say they are liberal (57 percent to 19 percent).
This should not be particularly surprising, however, because the SCCBS data show practically no income differences between the groups.
The SCCBS data do not support this hypothesis, however: Religious people are more generous than secular people with nonreligious causes as well as with religious ones.