Frequently asked questions about these datasets

Questions? Please consult the answers to frequently asked questions, below. If you don't find the answer you need on this page, then email

Why are social capital stocks calculated only for the years 1990, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2014?

These are the years for which many of the primary data sources are available.

What primary data sources were used in these calculations?

Why are data on Alaska and Hawaii missing from some of these datasets?

Earlier data sets (1990, 1997, 2005, and 2009) were developed only for the Continental US due to resource limitations. However, we are delighted to include data for these states in our 2014 data set.

How should I cite these data?

If you decide to use these data, please cite the source as follows:
Rupasingha, A., Goetz, S. J., & Freshwater, D. (2006, with updates). The production of social capital in US counties. Journal of Socio-Economics, 35, 83–101. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2005.11.001.

Do you want to know what I'm doing with these data?

We would love to know how you're using these data! It helps us track the outcomes and impacts of our work. If you are so inclined, drop us a note at to let us know how these data have been useful to you.