“This study shows participation in a community and whether the community provides social supports, those intangibles are more important. These types of initiatives do not cost a lot of money. The degree to which people participate in the town and feel safe, supported, and trusted in the community is something a town can do to better itself,” said the study’s author, David Peters.
A similar study by the UNL Agricultural Economics department and the Rural Futures Institute, called the UNL Rural Poll, is set to release data later this summer. Stay tuned for more information on small town success in Nebraska– and in the meantime, start thinking about the community projects that could increase social capital in your town.