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People who live in
mid-sized American cities are more likely to volunteer than residents
of big cities. The average volunteer rate for mid-sized cities for 2004
to 2007 was nearly 30 percent, three percentage points higher than the
average for big cities.
College towns are hot
spots for volunteering. College towns tend to be home not only to many
students with strong volunteering habits, but also a lot of highly
educated adults. People who graduate from college and seek higher
degrees tend to volunteer more than others, research has found. The
three top mid-sized cities for volunteer rates — Provo, Utah (64
percent); Iowa City (45 percent); and Madison, Wisc. (42 percent) — are
all college towns.
Utah had the highest
volunteering rate in the nation, almost 44 percent, while California
had the largest total number of volunteers, 6.3 million.
While volunteer rates in
most states stayed the same or dipped slightly from 2006 to 2007,
volunteering grew in other states such as Georgia, Louisiana, New
Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.
People are traveling long
distances to volunteer. More than 3.7 million Americans, about 6
percent of all volunteers, worked without pay for charitable causes at
least 120 miles from their homes last year, including 1.1 million
people who traveled overseas. The trend is especially pronounced in the
region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. At least one-quarter of
Mississippi’s volunteers and one-fifth of Louisiana’s volunteers last
year were out-of-state residents.
Women volunteer more than
men, and working women have the highest volunteer rate. About 29
percent of women volunteered last year, compared with roughly 23
percent of men. Women with children and women who work have higher
volunteer rates than other women.