Group Participation
Source: Corporation for National and Community Service, US Census Bureau
Group Participation
Fayetteville Metro21%
Fort Smith Metro24%
Little Rock Metro49%

Source: Corporation for National and Community Service, US Census Bureau







What does this measure?

The percentage of residents who have participated in a group of some kind during the last 12 months. These groups include service organizations, neighborhood associations, religious organizations, and others.

Why is this important?

Rates of participation in school, neighborhood, civic, or community associations or sports or recreation organizations are one measure of community engagement. Participating in community groups is a way to form social connections with others and creates opportunities for collective action.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2017, 29% of Arkansas residents had participated in a group of some kind during the past year, up 3 percentage points from 2008 and similar to the level in 2013. The state group participation rate was slightly above the national level. Unlike the state, the national level dropped 8 points from 2013 to 2017,

Within the state, in 2013, the latest year for which data is available, the Fayetteville and Fort Smith metro areas both had rates below the state as a whole (21% and 24%), while the Little Rock metro area had a far higher group participation rate of 49%.

Notes about the data

Data from 2017 onwards is from the Corporations for National and Community Service (CNCS) which sponsors the Volunteering and Civic Life Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The survey varies in important ways from prior supplements in that the volunteering and civic life supplements are now combined resulting in a longer survey which may make the data less comparable to prior years.

Data from prior to 2017 is based on the Civic Engagement Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). No county-level data is available. The frequency of CPS supplemental inquiries (such as the Civic Engagement Supplement) vary; some are conducted annually, others every other year or on a one-time basis.

Data is reported for years available. The sample is selected so that it is reliable at the national and state level, data for smaller geographic areas (such as Metropolitan Statistical Areas) is not as reliable.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Group Participation

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable