The Twin Cities area is at the top of the list when it comes to residents’ volunteering engagement, while Minnesota ranks fourth, according to a report released Wednesday.
 
Thirty-seven percent of Minneapolis-St. Paul residents volunteered through organizations in 2011, the highest rate among those in the country’s 51 largest metro areas, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report.
 
Meanwhile, Minnesota ranks fourth among all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with 38 percent of residents volunteering in 2011, according to the report. The state trails Utah (40.9 percent), Idaho (38.8 percent), and Iowa (38.4 percent).
 
The report is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which surveyed nearly 60,000 households, or approximately 100,000 adults, across the country.
 
Last year, 918,400 Twin Cities residents collectively contributed service worth $2.2 billion and 86.5 million volunteer hours; that’s 34.9 volunteer hours per resident, the survey found. Those figures only include volunteering done through organizations. Meanwhile, nearly 73 percent of Twin Citians did favors for their neighbors and 86.8 percent ate dinner with their family a few times a week or more, according to the report.
 
Across Minnesota, 1.6 million volunteers collectively worked 173.9 million hours and contributed $3.8 billion in service through organizations, with average volunteer hours per resident amounting to 41.5. About half of those organizations had religious affiliations; the other half included groups related to education, social service, sports and the arts, civics, and health.
 
The survey also found that 45 percent of Minnesota parents volunteered, ranking the state fourth in the country. A majority of Minnesotans also did favors for their neighbors and ate dinner with their family a few times a week or more.
 
Nationally, 64.3 million Americans volunteered through organizations last year, a whopping 4,186 percent increase from 1.5 million in 2010.
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