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Where we rank: Volunteering, talking politics, trusting media, eating dinner with mom, dad and the kids

Following up on a report last week from the U.S. Census Bureau on volunteering in America, we asked for data concerning states and regions. Here’s a look at some unpublished data provided by the bureau – about volunteerism, with an interesting look at dinner at home with family.

•  Residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul earned the highest rate of volunteerism among large cities, with 35.8 percent of citizens involved as volunteers. Seattle placed fourth at 34 percent. Miami came last at 14.3 percent.



•  Washington ranked ninth among the states with 34.6 percent of citizens volunteering. That figure comprises 1.82 million volunteers serving up 228.8 million volunteer hours. Utah, Idaho and Minnesota took the top three spots. Louisiana placed last, just below New York and Nevada.



•  The primary volunteer activities in Washington were general labor, fundraising and the collection and distribution of food.



•  The primary organization types involved were religion, education and social service.



•  Among other data provided by the bureau – citing figures from the Corporation for National & Community Service - it turns out that 32 percent of Washington residents frequently discuss politics with friends (compared with a high of 47.6 percent in the District of Columbia and a low of 22.5 percent in Texas.



•  A majority of Washington residents (57.48 percent) had some (54.16 percent) or “a great deal” (3.32 percent) of confidence in media. Fully 19.16 percent had no confidence in media. Residents of Montana indicated the greatest no confidence vote at 27.83 percent, and residents of the other Washington had the most confidence, with 66.04 percent indicating some or a great deal.



•  And with whom do Washingtonians eat dinner? Survey data show that 88.4 percent “frequently” eat dinner with other household members, whereas 10.5 percent eat together “infrequently.” Residents of New Mexico are the least convivial, with only 76.5 percent frequently eating dinner with family members. The most familial state by this criterion was South Dakota (93 percent) followed closely by Indiana and Nebraska.



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