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Twin Cities number one for percentage of residents who volunteer

There's more of this happening in the Twin Cities than anywhere else in America.
There's more of this happening in the Twin Cities than anywhere else in America.

The latest "Volunteering and Civic Life in America" study suggests there's something to all that "Minnesota Nice" stuff.

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According to the 2011 census data used in the study, Minnesota has the fourth most per-capita volunteers of any state, and the Twin Cities' spirit of volunteerism is even more impressive -- Minneapolis/St. Paul has the most per-capita volunteers of any major metro region.

Here's some of the survey's findings as it pertains to the state as a whole (for the detailed Minnesota breakdown, click here):

-- 38.0% of residents volunteer, ranking us 4th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
-- 41.5 volunteer hours per resident.
-- 71.3% do favors for their neighbors.
-- 89.2% eat dinner with their family a few times a week or more.
-- 52.7% discuss politics a few times a month or more.
-- 1.58 million volunteers.
-- 171.8 million hours of service.
-- $3.8 billion of service contributed.

And here's some of the specific Twin Cities findings (more details here ):

-- 37.0% of residents volunteer, ranking us 1st among the 51 largest MSAs.
-- 86.5 million total volunteer hours.
-- 72.6% do favors for their neighbors.
-- 86.8% eat dinner with their family a few times a week or more.
-- 55.6% discuss politics a few times a month or more.
-- 918,400 volunteers.
-- $2.2 billion of service contributed.

States ranked ahead of us, from first to third, are Utah, Idaho, and Iowa. The bottom five volunteerism states, from 46th to 50th, are New Jersey, Nevada, Hawaii, New York, and Louisiana.

After the Twin Cities, the number two-through-five metropolitan bastions for volunteering are Rochester (New York), Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Jacksonville, respectively.

Nationally, the number of volunteers in 2011 was the highest in five years. Eight billion volunteers generated nearly $171 billion in economic value through their work.

If nothing else, those numbers -- and Minnesota's significant contribution to them -- is reassuring news for those who worry that America is going to hell in a handbasket of selfishness.


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