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SALT LAKE CITY - Lt. Governor Greg Bell and key state partners will announce the findings of the 2011 Volunteering in America report ranking Utah as the #1 volunteering state in the nation for the 6th year running.

"It's not at all surprising to me that Utah is ranked first in the nation for its state volunteerism rate again this year," said Lt. Governor Greg Bell. "Our state has long been known as a national leader in volunteerism and service. These volunteerism rankings are a representation of the character of Utahns, and I am proud that our residents are committed to serving their neighbors and communities."

Collected in partnership with the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the most comprehensive set of data on volunteering in the U.S., and tracks volunteering trends in all 51 states and over 200 cities. The data shows that as the nation works to tackle some of its toughest challenges and expand opportunity for all Americans, volunteers are resolute in their commitment to their neighbors and communities, with 62.8 million adults serving almost 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations in 2010.  

This report ranks Utah as the #1 volunteering state in the nation with 44.5% of adults volunteering. This volunteering rate is significantly above the national average of 26.5%. In addition to being ranked the #1 volunteering state in the nation, Utah ranked #1 in six other categories.

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