Utah’s resilient politics bolstered by its social capital

July 22, 2022 (Sutherland Institute)

…According to Utah Foundation’s social capital index, “Utah had the highest level of social capital in the nation, and has consistently been among the top states during the previous eight years.” Utah’s social capital score is higher today than in past years, indicating an increase in social capital during the recent past.

The reasons for these outcomes include improving civic engagement, high levels of social trust, strong and improving community life, the best family life in the nation, a high focus on future generations, and high social mobility. Areas for potential improvement in Utah’s social capital, according to the index, include room for additional improvement in civic engagement and social cohesion, and a concerning decline in the focus on future generations (despite it still being higher than many other states)…

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