|Fort Smith Metro||24%|
|Little Rock Metro||49%|
What does this measure?
The percentage of residents who have participated in a group of some kind during the last 12 months. These groups include service organizations, neighborhood associations, religious organizations, and others.
Why is this important?
Rates of participation in school, neighborhood, civic, or community associations or sports or recreation organizations are one measure of community engagement. Participating in community groups is a way to form social connections with others and creates opportunities for collective action.
How is Arkansas doing?
In 2013, 30% of Arkansas residents had participated in a group of some kind during the past year, up 4 percentage points from 2008 but 5 points below the national level. Unlike the state, the national level has remained fairly constant since 2008.
The state group participation rate was higher for whites (32%) than for Asians (27%) and blacks (24%), and much higher than for Hispanics (11%). Within the state, the Fayetteville and Fort Smith metro areas both had rates below the state as a whole (21% and 24%), while the Little Rock metro area had a far higher group participation rate of 49%.
Notes about the data
Data is based on the Civic Engagement Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). No county-level data is available. The frequency of CPS supplemental inquiries (such as the Civic Engagement Supplement) vary; some are conducted annually, others every other year or on a one-time basis. Data is reported for years available. The CPS sample is selected so that it is reliable at the national and state level, data for smaller geographic areas (such as Metropolitan Statistical Areas) is not as reliable.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native only||Asian only||Black only||Hispanic||Non-Hispanic||Two or more races||White only|
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