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Northwest Ranks High For Volunteerism

Residents of the Pacific Northwest volunteer more than most Americans, according to an assessment of civic engagement released on Monday.

Idaho ranked No. 3 in the nation, Washington ranked No. 9 and Oregon was No. 11 for highest portion of all residents giving time to volunteer, the Corporation for National and Community Service found.

Nationwide, 26.5 percent of all Americans volunteer, the survey said. In Oregon, 34.1 percent volunteer, while 34.5 percent of Washington residents do. And in Idaho, 36.5 percent of residents volunteer.

No. 1 among the 50 states plus Washington, D.C.: Utah, where 43.8 percent of residents volunteer. Louisiana ranked last, with a 20.4 percent volunteer rate.

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