St. Louis Public Radio
How's your civic health?
The U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 measured the civic health of the nation. In Missouri, the survey also focused on the state's two largest metropolitan areas, St. Louis and Kansas City, measuring civic health under four broad categories: social capital; non-political civic participation; electoral and non-electoral political participation; and confidence in institutions.
Among the survey's findings:
- Missouri ranks 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 of one’s household).
- Missourians were more likely to volunteer than average Americans.
- Missouri ranked 15th and 29th in 2010 voter registration and turnout, and was ranked 18th for frequency of local voting.
- Slightly higher proportions of Missourians than Americans in general expressed confidence in corporations and the media.
What about you? How active are you in making your corner of the world a better place? Do you volunteer? Do you vote? Do you work with others to share your values and encourage mutual cooperation? Please respond to the questions below to share your insight.