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The Knight Soul of the Community (SOTC) study has studied residents' attachment to their communities — and how it's related to economic development — over 3 years, using interviews in English and Spanish with 14,000 residents.
The study analyzed 10 "domains" that were found to drive community attachment at varying levels:
- Basic services — community infrastructure
- Local economy
- Leadership and elected officials
- Aesthetics — physical beauty and green spaces
- Education systems
- Social offerings — opportunities for social interaction and citizen caring
- Openness/welcomeness — how welcoming the community is to different people
- Civic involvement — residents’ commitment to their community through voting or volunteerism
- Social capital — social networks between residents
The SOTC site has results by community, a video gallery. Of special interest to community organizers and others working in their community include reports, videos and data that can be downloaded and shared. A Twitter feed provides a place to share experiences (with hashtag #SOTC).