The Network of Relationship: Utah’s Social Capital Index is the Utah Foundation’s final release in its Utah Social Capital Series. This installment takes together the findings of the previous seven reports released since September 2021, which examined dozens of metrics across seven categories. The Beehive State compares remarkably well.
KEY FINDINGS OF THIS REPORT
- In 2021, Utah had the highest level of social capital in the nation, and has consistently been among the top states during the previous eight years. North Dakota and Minnesota also consistently rank high.
- Utah’s Social Capital Index score stands at 94, higher than 2013 and 2017 when the index stood at 84 and 79, respectively; this score is based off a combination of the seven social-capital categories.
- Utah is in the top third of states in terms of civic engagement.
- Utah ranks third in the nation when it comes to social trust.
- Utah’s robust community life is one of the biggest differentiators compared to other states, with high levels of charitable donations, volunteerism, religious service attendance and participation in community projects. It ranks second in the nation in this category.
- Utah performs best in the nation on the factors related to family life – driven primarily by its high levels of marriage and children in married families.
- Utah is in the middle of the pack when it comes to social cohesion.
- While Utah is fifth in the nation when it comes to the focus on future generations, it has seen a substantial decline since 2013.
- Utah is fifth in the nation when it comes to social mobility.