America Gives Back: U.S. Cities and States With the Highest Volunteer Rates

It's Thanksgiving week, and what better way to give thanks than to volunteer in your community? Read on to discover the places that have America's highest volunteering rates.


These cities and states lead the country for their exemplary rates of service and volunteering. Think your town can beat 'em? Find out how.

Top States

Rank State % of Residents Who Volunteer Average Hours Per Person
1 Utah 44.2% 86.9
2 Iowa 37.8% 40.1
3 Minnesota 37.5% 42.1
4 Nebraska 37.4% 47.9
5 Alaska 37.3% 59.2

Top Large Cities

Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

Rank City % of Residents Who Volunteer Average Hours Per Person
1 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 37.4% 43.9
2 Portland, OR 37.1% 48.2
3 Salt Lake City, UT 35.8% 60.8
4 Seattle, WA 34.9% 44.1
5 Oklahoma City, OK 33.9% 53.2

Top Mid-Size Cities

Provo, Utah

Provo, UT

Rank City % of Residents Who Volunteer Average Hours Per Person
1 Provo, UT 63.6% 149.7(!)
2 Iowa City, IA 50.0% 42.4
3 Ogden, UT 47.7% 90.5
4 Fort Collins, CO 40.7% 55
5 Madison, WI 40.0% 37.5

Data is from the federal Corporation for National & Community Service. Volunteering rates are based on a 2007-2009 average.

Giving Back

This time of year we're all thankful for what we have. Go ahead and show it by getting into service and volunteering. If you're looking for ideas on how you can give back, don't miss tomorrow's article on 10 ways to use your education to help your community.

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