Utah again tops nation for volunteerism

Aug 9 2011 - 9:01am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is the top state for volunteer service in a new survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau's Volunteering in America report shows almost 45 percent of Utah residents volunteering, which is nearly 20 percent higher than the national average.

Residents 16 and older are included in the survey, and every age group had volunteer rates of 40 percent or higher.

The survey tracks volunteering trends in all 50 states and more than 200 cities.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell will announce details of the ranking and present awards to the state's volunteers of the year Tuesday morning.

Bell says the state has a long history of volunteer service.

Gov. Gary Herbert says the numbers demonstrate that Utah residents make service a lifelong habit.


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