TEXAS VS.

USA
Key: Texas USA Ranking in top half of states

CIVIC LIFE IN AMERICA

All rankings reflect where Texas residents rank among residents in the 50 states and Washington, DC

Ranking in bottom half of states

Political Action, 2011 12

TX US

9 % 12
%
Contact Elected Officials

26%
TX

29 %
US

7% 8%
TX US

Discuss Politics with Family or Friends

Express Opinions about Political or Community Issues on the Internet

49th

Texas residents are ranked 49th for contacting elected officals

44 th

Texas residents are ranked 44th for discussing politics a few times a week or more

Electoral Participation, 2010

2

51st
42nd

Texas residents are ranked 51st for voter turnout

TEXAS

36 %
62 %

Texas residents are ranked 42nd for voter registration

Regis

Voted tered

46 %
65 %

USA

Social Connectedness, 2011 1
% 78 % 79

TX US

Legend

15 14 %

TX

%

US

16th

A Few Times a Week or More Often

%

See or Hear from Friends or Family, Whether TX US % In-Person or Not 50% 57 Trust most or all of the people in your neighborhood

Exchange Favors With Neighbors

43 44%
%

TX

US

Talk to Neighbors

Participation in Formal/Informal Volunteering, 2011 3

TEXAS

25%

42nd
Texas residents are ranked 42nd for volunteering.

% 39 38 %

TX

US

USA

27 %
Participation in any group or 1 organization

EDUCATIONAL

27 %

25

%

% 14 SOCIAL

Where Texans Volunteer

4

SERVICES

RELIGIOUS

40 %

6% Health 5% Civic 4% Other 3% Unkown 3% Sports/Arts

47 %
TEXAS

52 %
USA

Percentage of Texas residents who donated $25 or more to charitable causes 3

SOURCES

1 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) November Civic Engagement Supplement, according to analysis provided by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University 2 2010 CPS November Voting/Registration Supplement, according to analysis provided by CIRCLE 3 2 2011 CPS September Volunteering Supplement, according to analysis provided by CIRCLE
4 2011 CPS September Volunteering Supplement, according to Volunteering and Civic Life in America website

(www.volunteeringinamerica.gov)

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