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April 16, 2015

Minneapolis, Denver, and Billings, Mont., Rank High for AmeriCorps Membership, Study Says

Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post

The District of Columbia ranked second among states in producing AmeriCorps volunteers. Here an Americorps reading tutor helps a student in Washington.

Minneapolis and Denver top the list of large cities that produce the most AmeriCorps members per capita, and Billings, Mont. turns out the most among midsize cities, new statistics say.

Among states, Montana is number one in terms of producing AmeriCorps members per capita.

The Corporation for National and Community Service released the first rankings in connection with National Volunteer Week, happening this week.

Montana has produced nearly 9,000 Ameri­Corps members since the national-service program’s formation 20 years ago. More than 470 members currently serve throughout the state through programs including the Montana Conservation Corps, FoodCorps Montana, and Energy Corps. The District of Columbia, Minnesota, Vermont, and West Virginia round out the top five.

Minnesota is making a strong showing recently in rankings of volunteerism and community service. The Twin Cities also had the highest rate of volunteering in the 2014 "Volunteering and Civic Life in America" report. More than 35 percent of residents volunteered through an organization in 2013, according to that report from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship. And as a state, Minnesotans had the third highest rate of volunteerism, behind Utah and Iowa.

AmeriCorps offers stipends for over 75,000 people annually who spend up to a year working at nonprofits and community organizations in 25,000 locations across the country.

The new analysis looked at members who served in program year 2013 and had a U.S. address.

The Chronicle’s latest How America Gives report, which breaks down philanthropy by region nationwide, found that Utah, Mississippi, and Alabama ranked as the most generous states, respectively. Montana ranked ninth, Washington, DC, 20th, and Minnesota 39th.

See the top 10 in all three AmeriCorps categories from the new report below.


  1. Montana
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Minnesota
  4. Vermont
  5. West Virginia
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Colorado
  8. Utah
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Maine

Large Cities

  1. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  2. Denver
  3. Baltimore
  4. Boston
  5. Oakland, Calif.
  6. Newark, N.J.
  7. New Orleans
  8. Buffalo, N.Y.
  9. Milwaukee, Wisc.
  10. Seattle

Midsize Cities

  1. Billings, Mont.
  2. Providence, R.I.
  3. Fort Collins, Colo.
  4. Provo, Utah
  5. Madison, Wisc.
  6. Lowell, Mass.
  7. Rochester, Minn.
  8. Rockford, Ill.
  9. Tempe, Ariz.
  10. Waterbury, Conn.

Source: The Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps

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