States Volunteering the Most

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15. Vermont
> Volunteer rate: 36.0%
> Total number of volunteers: 185,306
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 92.6% (6th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $390.1 million
> Unemployment rate: 2.7% (5th lowest)

Working American adults are more likely to volunteer in their spare time than their unemployed counterparts. The high rate of volunteer participation in Vermont may be bolstered by a strong job market. Only 2.7% of the state’s labor force is out of a job, well below the 3.9% national unemployment rate. In 2018, 36.0% of 16 and over Vermonters volunteered, compared to 30.3% of Americans that age.

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14. South Dakota
> Volunteer rate: 36.3%
> Total number of volunteers: 240,638
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 91.7% (12th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $457.8 million
> Unemployment rate: 3.0% (11th lowest)

There are more Midwestern states with high volunteer participation rates than any other region in the country. In South Dakota, 36.3% of residents 16 and older volunteered in 2018, higher than the 30.3% of Americans that age who volunteered nationwide.

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13. Maryland
> Volunteer rate: 36.3%
> Total number of volunteers: 1.7 million
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 89.9% (25th lowest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $4.3 billion
> Unemployment rate: 3.9% (21st highest)

Maryland has the highest volunteer rate among mid-Atlantic states and the 13th highest of any state. The more than 1.7 million volunteers in the state contributed 181.9 hours of service last year. Additionally, over half of all Maryland adult residents donated at least $25 to charity last year.

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12. Kansas
> Volunteer rate: 36.5%
> Total number of volunteers: 811,231
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 91.0% (17th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $1.4 billion
> Unemployment rate: 3.4% (20th lowest)

Areas where a large share of the population graduated from high school tend also have greater volunteer participation rates. In Kansas, adults are more likely to have a high school diploma than the typical American. This may partially explain the 36.5% volunteer participation rate among the state’s adult population in 2018, a greater share than the comparable 30.3% national rate.

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11. Wisconsin
> Volunteer rate: 37.4%
> Total number of volunteers: 1.7 million
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 92.4% (7th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $3.9 billion
> Unemployment rate: 3.0% (11th lowest)

Wisconsin is one of several Midwestern states with especially high volunteer participation rates. Adults in Wisconsin are most likely to volunteer in sports, culture, or the arts, and the work of the 1.7 million volunteers in the state in 2018 was worth an estimated $3.9 billion.

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