The 2011 Volunteering in America report has been published by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and in 2010 nearly 63 million Americans devoted more than 8.1 billion hours of volunteer time
. Residents of Utah lay claim to the highest volunteerism rate in the nation with 43 percent of the state’s residents volunteering in 2010.
According to the report, 866,225 Utah residents formally volunteered with a nonprofit or community organization in 2010. This averages out to 84.0 volunteer hours per resident in 2010, significantly higher than the 33.9-hour national average. Looking within the state, Salt Lake City placed third on the Top Five Large Cities for Volunteer Rate list and the state took the top two spots on the mid-size cities list — with Provo taking first place and Ogden in the second-place spot.
Top Five States for Volunteer Rate
- South Dakota
Top Five Large Cities for Volunteer Rate
- Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn.
- Portland, Ore.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Seattle, Wash.
- Rochester, N.Y.
Top Five Mid-Size Cities for Volunteer Rate
- Provo, Utah
- Ogden, Utah
- Iowa City, Iowa
- Boulder, Colo.
- Fort Collins, Colo.
The report also categorizes volunteerism among certain population groups. For example, more than 20.1 million Generation Xers, those born between 1965 and 1981, volunteered last year. This is about 29.2 percent of the Gen X population, higher than the 26.3 percent national average.
On the other side of the national average are the Millenials, those born in 1982 or later. Only 11.6 million Millenials volunteered last year, or roughly 21.2 percent of that population. This is both lower than the national average and lower than the 21.6 percent that volunteered in 2009.