Reporting on a recent study of volunteerism, USA Today noted that Minneapolis and St. Paul had the highest rate of volunteering in the country in 2010 among large metro areas.
Just over 37 percent of people in the Twin Cities area did volunteer work at schools, community groups, religious organizations, and other non-profits, the newspaper notes. Utah was the top state for the percentage of volunteers, reporting a nearly 45 percent volunteer rate.
In the USA Today article, Kristin Schurrer, executive director at the volunteer organization Hands On Twin Cities
, posited that the metro area owes its top ranking to Midwestern culture, where children learn the importance of giving back to the community.