Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Share of Residents Who Volunteer
Fayetteville Metro22%
Fort Smith Metro32%
Little Rock Metro23%
Pine Bluff Metro13%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau







What does this measure?

The percentage of residents who volunteered during a one-year period.

Why is this important?

Volunteers are vital to the success of many nonprofit and community organizations, bringing needed skills and resources to bear on pressing social concerns. Volunteerism also provides benefits to those serving such as connections with others, career experience and skill-building, and the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015, 21% of Arkansas residents reported volunteering in the past year, down 3 percentage points from 2004, and 4 points below the national level of 25%. The national level had a similar decrease to the state from 2004 to 2015.

The state volunteering rate was higher for whites (22%) than for blacks (15%) or Hispanics (14%). Additionally, a greater share of women volunteered (25%) than men (17%). Within the state, the Fayetteville and Little Rock metro areas both had rates similar to the state as a whole (22% and 23%), while the Fort Smith metro area had a far higher volunteering rate of 32%.

Notes about the data

Data is based on the Volunteer Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). No county-level data is available. The frequency of CPS supplemental inquiries (such as the Volunteer 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.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Share of Residents Who Volunteer

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Share of People Who Volunteer by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaskan Native onlyAsian onlyBlack onlyHispanicNon-HispanicTwo or more racesWhite only

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Share of Residents Who Volunteer by Gender

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable