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PPRC, in collaboration with Missouri State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University, the Center for Service and Community Engagement at Saint Louis University, Washington University, and the National Conference on Citizenship, compiled this comprehensive report on the state of civic health in Missouri. Using data from the US Census Bureau’s annual Current Population Survey, the report examines the civic health of the state of Missouri, as well as its two largest metropolitan areas, Kansas City and St. Louis. Civic health is measured using four broad categories, each of which contains multiple indicators. The four areas are: social capital; non-political civic participation; electoral and non-electoral political participation; and confidence in institutions. Below is a brief overview of some of the most significant findings for the state for each category in 2012. More detailed information on the trends for each category for the state,
Kansas City, and St. Louis are discussed within the report.
- Missouri was ranked in the top half of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on all but one of the social capital indicators (sitting down to dinner with other members ofone’s household).
- Missourians had higher rates of membership in four of five types of groups compared with people across the nation.
- A higher proportion of Missourians were officers or committee members in groups compared with Americans in general.
- Missourians generally were more likely to be trusting of their neighbors, to talk to their neighbors more frequently, and to do favors for their neighbors than are people in the nation as a whole.
Non-Political Civic Participation
- Missourians were more likely to volunteer than average Americans.ƒƒ Missourians who volunteered were much more likely than Missourians who did not volunteer to participate in other civic actions.
- About one in ten Missourians worked with neighbors to fix a community problem, which was higher than the national average.
- More residents donated to a charity or religious organization than the national average.
- Missouri residents were less likely than people across the nation to attend public meetings in which community affairs were discussed.
Electoral and Non-Electoral Political Participation
- Missouri ranked 15th and 29th in 2010 voter registration and turnout, and was ranked 18th for frequency of local voting.
- Missouri was ranked in the bottom half of states when it came to non-electoral political activities, such as buying/boycotting products or services for political reasons, contacting public officials, discussing politics with family and friends, and expressing political opinions via the Internet.
Confidence in Institutions
- Slightly higher proportions of Missourians than Americans in general expressed confidence in corporations and the media.
- There was no difference between Missouri and the national average in rates of confidence in public schools.