Importance of neighborhood-based social capital for individual life satisfaction

Urban Geography

How important are social contacts with your neighbors for your life satisfaction? And how does this varies among different groups of residents? In a recently published article ‘Neighborhood-based social capital and life satisfaction: The case of Rotterdam, The Netherlands’, Marloes Hoogerbrugge and Martijn Burger of EHERO, examine the relationship between neighborhood-based social capital and residents’ life satisfaction. Using a database of the city of Rotterdam (NL) they find a small but significant positive association between neighborhood-based social capital and individual life satisfaction. They also find considerable differences among residents because neighborhood-based social capital is important mainly for people who are likely to spend considerable time in their neighborhood or people who are more neighborhood dependent.