Key Point

Only 10% percent of individuals in our community are working collaboratively with their neighbors.

Let's Break It Down

Black residents in our community work collaboratively with neighbors to resolve issues at rates almost double that of people from other races and ethnicities.

Rates of collaboration and connectivity between neighbors shows stark differences depending on race/ethnicity, age, and educational level.

When asked if they work with neighbors to fix or improve something in the community, 17% of Black residents, 9% of White residents, and 4% of Hispanic/Latino residents reported affirmatively.

The Silent Generation (born between 1931 and 1945) are three times more likely to work with their neighbors (19%) than Millennials (born after 1981) at 6%. Additionally, individuals with higher educational attainmentspecifically those with a bachelor’s degree are five times more likely to collaborate with their neighbors than those residents who have less than a high school diploma.

Why Does It Matter

Collaboration and relationships between neighbors have valuable emotional, social, and economic benefits for the entire community.

Working together with neighbors to solve a problem or to fix a specific issue, shows an active social connection that transcends just a friendly relationship between residents in a neighborhood; it can be a good indicator of engagement within a neighborhood and the broader community.

Developing social capital by working together, including among neighbors, can help build connectedness and trust within a community, which can then translate into a greater likelihood of people working collectively to solve local issues. The importance of support networks was also a trend highlighted in The Landscape Listening Report, as local residents consistently identified the importance of available support networks throughout their lives, and also the difficulty some of our neighbors have in finding and accessing a strong network, especially in times of need.

Research from The American Journal of Public Health found a slight increase in a community's social capital can even reduce mortality levels by 8%. The same study also found that social capital was correlated with income inequality; greater income disparities in a community led to diminished social cohesion among residents and weaker relationship networks.

Looking at the root causes of why people may be more or less prone to connect and collaborate can help inform how the entire community can work to build social capital, connections, and collaboration within our neighborhoods.

How Do We Compare?

Residents in our community work with neighbors at a rates on par with state and national averages.

Our community is on par with state and national averages in the number of people who report working with neighbors. Nearly 10% of individuals in Omaha-Council Bluffs report collaborating with their neighbors to fix or improve something in their community; this is just slightly higher than the state and national averages of 8% respectively.

Data Source: U.S. Census Current Population Survey- Volunteering & Civic Engagement Supplements. Data was provided by the National Conference on Citizenship.

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