States Volunteering the Most

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5. Alaska
> Volunteer rate: 40.6%
> Total number of volunteers: 222,054
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 91.7% (12th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $594.7 million
> Unemployment rate: 6.6% (the highest)

Areas where a large share of the population graduated from high school tend to also have greater volunteer participation rates. In Alaska, adults are more likely to have a high school diploma than Americans nationwide. This may partially explain the 40.6% volunteer participation rate among the state’s adult population in 2018, a greater share than the comparable 30.3% national volunteer rate.

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4. Iowa
> Volunteer rate: 41.5%
> Total number of volunteers: 1.0 million
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 92.1% (10th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $1.3 billion
> Unemployment rate: 2.5% (3rd lowest)

An estimated 41.5% of Iowa residents age 16 and up volunteered in 2018, a larger share than in all but three other states. The more than 1 million volunteers in the state contributed a total of 56.2 million hours of service last year.

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3. Oregon
> Volunteer rate: 43.2%
> Total number of volunteers: 1.4 million
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 91.0% (17th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $4.2 billion
> Unemployment rate: 4.2% (13th highest)

More than 1.4 million adult residents volunteered in Oregon in 2018, contributing nearly 178 million hours of services. Not only are Oregon residents more likely than most Americans to donate their time, but also they are more likely to open their wallets. A reported 62.2% of residents donated $25 or more to charity in 2018.

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2. Minnesota
> Volunteer rate: 45.1%
> Total number of volunteers: 2.0 million
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 93.1% (the highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $3.3 billion
> Unemployment rate: 2.9% (8th lowest)

About 45% of adults in Minnesota volunteered last year, dedicating a total of 137.2 million hours. Nationwide, volunteerism rates are higher among adults with high school diplomas. In Minnesota, 93.1% of adults have at least a high school diploma, the largest share of any state.

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1. Utah
> Volunteer rate: 51.0%
> Total number of volunteers: 1.2 million
> Adults with at least a high school diploma: 92.1% (10th highest)
> Total value of volunteer work in 2018: $3.2 billion
> Unemployment rate: 3.1% (12th lowest)

Utah is the only state where over half of all adults volunteered in 2018. The 1.2 million volunteers in the state contributed 133.9 million hours of service last year. A staggering 41.2% of volunteers in the state work with religious organizations.