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2006 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey blog

January 06, 2015

The 2006 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey is comprised of a national adult sample of 2,741 respondents and twenty-two communities sample (11 of which were from the 2000 Social Capital Benchmark Survey) totaling 9,359 community respondents. The overall sample size is 12,100.

Field Period

The survey was conducted during two waves. Wave 1:

Wave 1 ran from mid-January to late April, 2006 and covered the following 14 communities:
  Sample Size SAMP variable value
Arkansas (Siloam Springs, Pine Bluff, Van Buren, and Little Rock) 400 58
Baton Rouge, LA 400 3
Duluth, MN/Superior, WI 500 57
Greensboro, NC 450 31
Houston, TX 400 10
Kalamazoo, MI 500 12
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 500 56
Rochester, NY 700 44/45
San Diego, CA 501 15
Winston-Salem, NC 750 18
Yakima, WA 402 21
National Sample 1,951 51 (and callback field = wave1)
Total 7,454  

Wave 2 ran from April to August, 2006 and covered the following 8 communities: Kansas (samples in Kansas City, Junction City, Wichita, Garden City, Abilene, KS; rural sample; and urban sample in cities other than the above); New Hampshire (statewide with oversample in Cheshire county and I-93 corridor); Sarasota County, FL; and national sample.

Wave 2 ran from April to August, 2006 and covered the following 8 communities:
  Sample Size SAMP variable value
Kansas 2,455 59
New Hampshire 901 27,28,29
Sarasota, FL 500 53
National Sample 790 51 (and callback field = wave2)
Total 4,646  

Basic Survey Methodology

TNS Intersearch, an international survey firm, was commissioned to conduct the interviewing, prepare the data for analysis, and provide a “banner report" (detailed cross-tabulations). Interviews averaged 32 minutes in length and were conducted by telephone using random-digit-dialing by experienced interviewers.

Table 1 Communities Surveyed, Geography of Area, and Sample Size
Sponsor Area Sample Size Goal Actual
  Arkansas (Siloam Springs, Pine Bluff, Van Buren, and Little Rock) with sample of roughly 100 in each of these towns 400 400
  East Baton Rouge Parish 400 400
Duluth-Superior C.F. Duluth (MN) and Superior (WI) 500 500
Greater Greensboro Guilford County, 450 450
Greater Houston Harris county 400 400
Kalamazoo C.F. Kalamazoo County 500 500
Kansas Health Foundation Kansas (statewide sample, and samples in Kansas City, Junction City, Wichita, Garden City, Abilene, KS) with sample of 350 in Junction City, 352 in Kansas City, 350 in Garden City, 350 in Abilene; 350 in Wichita; 351 rural; and 352 urban outside of the above communities. 2,450 2,455
Maine C.F. Cities/Towns: Lewiston, Auburn, Greene, Sabattus, Lisbon, Mechanic Falls, Poland, Turner, Wales, Minot 500 500
New Hampshire C.F. State of NH. (includes oversample of 200 in Cheshire County; 200 in I-93 corridor) 900 901
Rochester Area C.F. Counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans (includes oversample to achieve minimum of 100 Hispanics and 100 African Americans) 700 700
San Diego C.F. San Diego County 500 501
Venice C.F. Sarasota County 500 500
Winston-Salem Forsyth County 750 750
Yakima Yakima County 400 402

Download Documentation & Data

Members may download the data and documentation directly using RoperExpress, non-members are required to register for free access to the data. Download Help Download Documentation Only - 2006 Codebook PDF (1,012KB) Download Documentation & Data (requires free registration) - Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

Download HelpTo Download the Documentation Only, click the "Codebook" link. When the codebook PDF opens in your browser window, select "File" and "Save As" to save a copy to your local computer.To Download the Documentation & Data, click the "Social Capital Community Survey" link. Review the Terms and Conditions and provide the registration information. Click the submit button and save the zip file to your local computer.

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Restricted Dataset

There is no restricted dataset.


This survey was funded thanks to the generosity of the Surdna Foundation, the Audrey and Bernard Rapoport Foundation, the Kansas Health Institute and the following community foundations: the Community Foundation for Greater Greensboro; the Duluth Area Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice; the Kalamazoo Foundation; the Maine Community Foundation; the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; the San Diego Foundation; and the Winston-Salem Foundation.