States Volunteering the Most

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10. North Dakota
> Volunteer rate: 37.4%
> Total number of volunteers: 218,019
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 92.9% (4th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $377.8 million
> Unemployment rate: 2.6% (4th lowest)

An estimated 37.4% of adults in North Dakota — over 200,000 people — volunteered in 2018. Nationwide, just 30.3% of adults did. Lower poverty levels are associated with higher volunteer participation rates. In North Dakota, only 10.3% of the population lives in poverty, well below the 13.4% national poverty rate.

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9. Idaho
> Volunteer rate: 37.9%
> Total number of volunteers: 493,161 volunteers
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 90.8% (20th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $1.1 billion
> Unemployment rate: 2.8% (7th lowest)

Nearly 38% of Idaho adults volunteered last year, compared to 30.3% nationwide. Churches and religious groups account for the largest share of volunteers in Idaho, followed by sports, culture, or arts organizations.

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8. Maine
> Volunteer rate: 38.7%
> Total number of volunteers: 425,346
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 92.3% (8th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $947.6 million
> Unemployment rate: 3.4% (20th lowest)

Last year, 38.7% of Maine’s adult population volunteered, the largest share in the New England region and the eighth largest share of any state nationwide. The work of the more than 425,000 volunteers in the state in 2018 was worth an estimated $948 million.

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7. Montana
> Volunteer rate: 38.8%
> Total number of volunteers: 323,866
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 93.0% (3rd highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $696.2 million
> Unemployment rate: 3.7% (24th lowest)

Nearly 39% of Montana residents age 16 and up volunteered last year, a larger share than in all but six other of states. Additionally, 28.1% of state residents did something positive for their neighborhood; 35.7% participated in local groups or organizations; and over half donated $25 or more to charity.

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6. Nebraska
> Volunteer rate: 40.2%
> Total number of volunteers: 589,714
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 91.3% (15th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $1.2 billion
> Unemployment rate: 2.8% (7th highest)

Nebraska is one of only six states where over 40% of adults volunteered in 2018. High rates of volunteerism generated $1.2 billion in value. Additionally, 54.5% of Nebraska residents regularly do favors for their neighbors, and 58.8% donated $25 or more to charity in 2018.