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Salt Lake City — The 2013 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report has ranked Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation for the eighth straight year. More than 970,000 volunteers served approximately 165 million total hours, the equivalent of more than 79,000 full-time employees, 10,000 more than last year.
Research for the report found that 47.7 percent of adults in Utah volunteered, compared to the national average of 26.5 percent. In addition to being ranked the first-place volunteering state in the nation, Utah ranked first in nine other categories.
The report also ranks the nation’s largest cities and metropolitan areas for their volunteering and civic engagement rates. Provo leads the nation with the highest volunteer rate in the country at 56.5 percent for mid-sized cities with Ogden a close second. Salt Lake City ranked 5th in the metropolitan cities category. The complete report can be accessed at VolunteeringInAmerica.gov.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development estimates the total economic value of volunteer service in Utah was about $3 billion based on the Independent sector’s annual estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, which was $22.14 in 2012.
“Utahans know how to work and they know how to serve,” Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox said. “They set a quiet and consistent example to their children, their communities, and their country of lending a helping hand in the spirit of volunteerism.”