Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Share of Residents Who Volunteer
Fayetteville Metro37%
Little Rock Metro43%

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 2017, 30% of Arkansas residents reported volunteering in the past year, up 6 percentage points from 2004, and at the same level as the nation as a whole. The national rate increased 5 points from 2015 to 2017. Arkansas' rate increased by 9 points in the same time period. It is worth noting that changes to the survey structure may have contributed to the increase from 2015 to 2017 as every state except South Dakota saw an increase in their volunteer rates over this time period.

The state volunteering rate in 2017 was similar for whites (30%) and blacks (29%). There were differences by gender with a greater share of women volunteering (33%) than men (27%). Within the state, the Fayetteville and Little Rock metro areas both had rates higher than the state as a whole (37% and 43%).

Notes about the data

Data from 2017 onwards is from the Corporations for National and Community Service (CNCS) which sponsors the Volunteering and Civic Life Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The survey varies in important ways from prior supplements in that the volunteering and civic life supplements are now combined resulting in a longer survey which may make the data less comparable to prior years.

Data from prior to 2017 is based on the Volunteer Supplement. 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.

No county data is available. Data is reported for years available. The 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

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Share of People Who Volunteer by Race/Ethnicity

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Share of Residents Who Volunteer by Gender

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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
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable