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PJ staff report

North Carolina trails smaller states in the rate of civic engagement of its residents, a new report says.

The 10th-largest state in population, North Carolina ranks 38th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., in the rate at which residents volunteer, 29th in the rate at which they work with neighbors, and 20th in the rate at which they voted in the 2008 presidential election, according to Civic Life in America, a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference of Citizenship.

According to a separate report released in June, North Carolinians volunteer at a lower rate and in lower numbers than residents of other states and the U.S. overall. [See related story.]

The new report says volunteers are more likely than other Americans to get involved in civic life in other ways.

North Carolina

In North Carolina, the report says, 540,000 residents worked with neighbors to fix a community problem, or 7 .7 percent of the adult population, compared to 7.9 percent nationally.

In the 2008 presidential election, 61.8 percent of North Carolina residents voted, compared to 57.1 percent nationally.

And 49.4 percent of North Carolina residents donated money, assets or property with a combined value of over $25 to charitable or religious organizations.

The report does not indicate North Carolina’s ranking among the states in the percentage of residents with made similar donations.

Charlotte and Raleigh

The report includes Charlotte and Raleigh in its civic-engagement rankings of the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

Raleigh ranked 8th for its voting rate, 67.2 percent in the 2008 presidential election, while Charlotte ranked 26th, with 60.9 percent, compared to a rate of 58.2 percent for the U.S. and a range of 42.9 percent to 75.9 percent for the largest cities.

With 382,000 adults volunteering with an organization, or 28.2 percent of the population, Charlotte ranked 19th in volunteerism, compared to 26.5 percent nationally and a range of 14.8 percent to 37.4 percent for the largest cities.

With 142,000 residents working with neighbors to solve a community problem, or 10.5 percent of the population, Charlotte ranked 10th in that category, compared to 7.9 percent nationally and a range of 4.2 percent to 13.4 percent for the largest cities.

And 50.3 percent of Charlotte residents donated money, assets or property with a combined value of over $25 to charitable or religious organizations.

With 206,000 adults volunteering, or 23 percent of the population, Raleigh ranked 43rd in volunteerism.

With 45,000 residents working with neighbors to solve a community problem, or 5.1 percent of the population, Raleigh ranked 46th in that category.

And 33.3 percent of Raleigh residents donated money, assets or property with a combined value of over $25 to charitable or religious organizations.

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