Community
Volunteering
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Share of Residents Who Volunteer
2017
Fayetteville Metro37%
Little Rock Metro43%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau







NATIONAL RANKING
35

OUT OF 51
2017

STATE TREND

Increasing


30%

2017

What does this measure?

The percentage of residents who volunteered during a one-year period.

Why is this important?

Volunteers are vital to the success of many nonprofit and community organizations, bringing needed skills and resources to bear on pressing social concerns. Volunteerism also provides benefits to those serving such as connections with others, career experience and skill-building, and the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2017, 30% of Arkansas residents reported volunteering in the past year, up 6 percentage points from 2004, and at the same level as the nation as a whole. The national rate increased 5 points from 2015 to 2017. Arkansas' rate increased by 9 points in the same time period. It is worth noting that changes to the survey structure may have contributed to the increase from 2015 to 2017 as every state except South Dakota saw an increase in their volunteer rates over this time period.

The state volunteering rate in 2017 was similar for Whites (30%) and Blacks (29%). There were differences by gender with a greater share of women volunteering (33%) than men (27%). Within the state, the Fayetteville and Little Rock metro areas both had rates higher than the state as a whole (37% and 43%).

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 Volunteer Supplement. The frequency of CPS supplemental inquiries (such as the Volunteer Supplement) vary; some are conducted annually, others every other year or on a one-time basis.

No county data is available. 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


Share of Residents Who Volunteer
2004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152017
Arkansas24%24%25%25%20%23%21%23%21%19%21%21%30%
United States29%29%27%26%26%27%26%27%26%25%25%25%30%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Share of Residents Who Volunteer by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas33%27%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Child Care for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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