The statistics are not yet in for 2012, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the year ending in September 2011, the volunteer rate rose by half a percentage point to 26.8 percent.
Women led the way (29.9%) while the men came in at 23.5 percent. Interestingly enough, women “volunteer at a higher rate than did men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics.”
When looking at other demographics,
- the age group most likely to volunteer: 35-44 (31.8%);
- the age group least likely to volunteer: early 20s (19.4%)
- ethnicity: whites continue to volunteer at higher rates (28.2%)
- married persons volunteer more than unmarried (32.3%)
- as well as married persons with children under age 18 (33.7%)
- persons with higher education levels volunteer more (42.4% of college graduates versus 18.2 percent non-college graduates)
Additionally, our veterans are well-represented among the volunteer numbers. When broken down by state, here are the states with the highest and lowest percentages of veteran volunteers.
Rhode Island (21.9%)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Volunteering in America