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North Carolina, the 10th-most-populous state, ranks 44th in volunteering among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 30th in working with neighbors to fix a community problem, and 28th in voting in the 2010 national election, a new report says.

Charlotte ranks 26th in volunteering among the 51 largest metropolitan areas, and 6th in working with neighbors to fix a community problem, while Raleigh ranks 47th in both those categories, according to the 2011 Civic Life in America report by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship.

In North Carolina, 1.7 million adults, or 23.7 percent of the adult population, volunteered with an organization, while 584,000 residents, or 8.2 percent, worked with neighbors.

Forty-three percent of the state’s residents voted in the 2010 national election.

And 48 percent of North Carolina residents donated money, assets or property with a combined value of over $25 to charitable or religious organizations.

Nationally, 62.7 percent of Americans, or 26.5 percent, volunteered with an organization, while 20 million, or 8.4 percent, worked with neighbors.

Nearly half of adults donated money, assets or property with a combined value of over $25, and 41.8 percent of residents voted in the 2010 national election.

In Charlotte, 371,200 adults, or 26.9 percent, volunteered, while 160,400 residents, or 11.6 percent, worked with neighbors.

And 49.1 percent of residents donated over $25.

In Raleigh, 202,500 adults, or 21.4 percent, volunteered, while 49,900 residents, or 5.3 percent, worked with neighbors.

And 35.5 percent donated over $25.

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