Utah and South Dakota residents are the most likely to express trust in their neighbors, with 85% in these states saying they would expect a neighbor who found a lost wallet or purse containing $200 to return it. Residents of Nevada and Mississippi are the least likely to express such trust, at 60% and 61%, respectively. In all states, a majority of residents would expect a lost purse or wallet to be returned.
Trust in one’s neighbors is loosely associated with broad geographic region — 8 of the 10 states where trust in one’s neighbors is the highest are located in the West and Midwest. Six of the bottom-ranking trust states are in the South.
Trust also appears to be related to population size: 6 of the 10 highest-ranking states (Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Wyoming, and Montana) are among the 10 least populous states, and 5 of the states where social trust is lowest (California, Texas, Georgia, New York, and Florida) are among the 10 most populous states. California, New York, and Texas are also home to seven of America’s largest cities.