New research released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through the Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2013 report ranks Utah as the #1 volunteering state in the nation with 47.7% of adults volunteering, an increase of 6.8 percentage points from last year. This volunteering rate is significantly above the national average of 26.5%. Provo, Ogden and Salt Lake ranked in the top 5 in their respective city categories.
Volunteers in Utah demonstrated their commitment to improving their communities in a variety of ways last year and again earned the #1 ranking among the 50 states, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report released today by CNCS in partnership with the National Council on Citizenship, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics. More than 970,000 volunteers served approximately 165 million total hours, which is the equivalent of over 79,000 full-time employees, 10,000 more than last year.
The spirit of Utah’s volunteerism is exemplified in individual cities also. The report also ranks the nation’s largest cities and metropolitan areas for their volunteering and civic engagement rates. The city of Provo leads the nation with the highest volunteer rate in the country at 56.5% for mid-sized cities with Ogden a close second. Salt Lake City ranked 5th in the metropolitan cities category.
More data is available in these press kits and on the web at http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/UT