by Jessica Garrison from the LA Times
7:16 AM | July 29, 2009 - To the woes caused by bad traffic and bad air, Los Angeles can now add a new concern: uncharitable neighbors.
A new study from the Corporation for National and Community Service has found that Los Angeles ranks 45th out of 51 large American cities in the percentage of people who volunteer their time to help their neighbors or communities.
The winners, as in so many other municipal honors, were Minneapolis-St. Paul (ranked No. 1) and Portland, Ore. (No. 2). More than 35% of residents in those cities volunteer their time, compared with 21% in Los Angeles.
from the study: Volunteering in Los Angeles, CA
Statistics for this area were collected within the Los Angeles Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Major cities in this MSA include Los Angeles, CA; Long Beach, CA; and Santa Ana, CA
The bullets below are all based on an average using 2006 and 2008 data
- 2.0 million volunteers
- 20.5% of residents volunteer - ranking them 45th within the 51 large cities
- 28.9 hours per resident - ranking them 38th within the 51 large cities
- $5.8 billion of service contributed
Still, the study did identify some bright spots for California, chief among them that from 2007 to 2008, the number of Californians who worked with their neighbors jumped from 1.6 million to 2.2 million.