Social capital – the strength of our relationships and communities – has been shown to play an important role in outcomes ranging from income to health. Using privacy-protected data on 21 billion friendships from Facebook, Opportunity Insights measure three types of social capital in each neighborhood, high school, and college in the United States:
- Economic Connectedness
- The degree to which low-income and high-income people are friends with each other
- The degree to which social networks are fragmented into cliques
- Civic Engagement
- Rates of volunteering and participation in community organizations
The site visualizes where different forms of social capital are lacking or flourishing and allows you to explore how likely children in a given neighborhood, will be able to rise out of poverty.
One measure from the Facebook data was volunteerism. The map below shows how likely community members were to be engaged in volunteering in some sort of community group/action:
Note how the Bronx and East Harlem have very low volunteering rates, but then again, so do parts of the Upper East Side.
In the screenshot (above) the Upper West Side shows the highest rate of volunteerism – reflecting the attributes of social capital – time, status, connections, and financial stability – which permit/foster volunteerism.
To see more about what 21 billion friendships on Facebook can tell us about our communities, see:
Party on Park Returns – Sunday, October 2nd
Build the Block
Uptown Vinyl Supreme TODAY
and BRONX GIRLS SKATE
All-vinyl D.J.s, vinyl swapping and selling, analog lessons, plus skateboard: That’s this month’s installment of Open Sounds at Open Streets with Uptown Vinyl Supreme.
|All-vinyl D.J.s, vinyl swapping and selling, analog lessons, plus skateboard: That’s this month’s installment of Open Sounds at Open Streets with Uptown Vinyl Supreme.|
This Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at our Open Street at 100th & Lexington, there’ll be skateboards and safety gear available to borrow, plus skate obstacles where you can show your skills. Newbies are welcome for a beginner clinic hosted by Bronx Girls Skate from 2-3 p.m., followed by a free skate session from 3-5 p.m.
All while we build our Open Streets community playlist with tunes that reflect the streets of East Harlem …