These indicators help evaluate the Kansas City region's social cohesion:
A socially cohesive region is one where residents are able to form bonds across communities. They see their fortunes as bound up together and are able to work together to solve common problems.
Metropolitan areas where residents share a strong sense of regional identity find it easier to develop social cohesion across social and geographic boundaries.
This gives these areas an advantage when addressing regional issues, because trust often becomes the real agenda.
Without sufficient levels of trust, communities find it difficult to work together, pool resources and act strategically to develop solutions at the scale of the problem.
In the Metro Outlook model, metros that are more socially cohesive find it easier to make strategic decisions that boost institutional capacity so residents are prepared to meet the challenges of a highly competitive global economy. How does our region measure up? Use the links above to learn more.