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Study Reveals Volunteer Rates Among States

Minneapolis/St. Paul is the most volunteer oriented large city in the country according to a report from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Nearly 40 percent of all the city’s adults volunteer there. While impressive, even this falls short of Provo, Utah, a mid-size city where the volunteer rate is 63 percent, the highest of any jurisdiction. Utah also leads the nation as the state with the highest percentage of volunteers. Nevada came in last with only 17.7 percent  of adults volunteering.

The CNCS, an independent federal agency, used Census Bureau data to determine its state and city rankings, which are based on three-year averages for 2005 through 2007.

Nationally, the rate of volunteerism dropped slightly from 2006 to 2007 with 26.2 percent  of all American adults putting in volunteer hours. The bright spot in this year’s research is that 34 percent  of these adults, no doubt many clubwomen, put in more than one hundred hours of service during the year. This is the highest level of “volunteer intensity” since 2002.

Florida provided an interesting study in contrasts. While Miami ranked at the very bottom of the list of “volunteer cities” with less than 15 percent participation, the entire state of Florida ranked as one of the eight most active. Between 35 and 40 percent of Floridians participated in volunteer work. 

Read more and find out where your state ranks.


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