The heartland's generosity

David K. Israel

The Minnesota Twins may be a pantload of games behind Detroit in baseball's American League Central Division, but the Twin cities are number 1 when it comes to volunteering. A new federal government study says 4 out of 10 residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul volunteer for non-profits or charities—that's more than in any other of the nation's 50 biggest metropolitan areas. At the other end of the spectrum is—well-what-do-you-know"¦the-city-of-sin—Las Vegas, where only 14.4% of its residents volunteer (based on a survey of 60,000 households).

Here are the top 10 cities:

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul 40.5%
  2. Salt Lake City 38.4%
  3. Austin, Tex. 38.1%
  4. Omaha 37.8%
  5. Seattle 36.3%
  6. Portland, Ore. 35.8%
  7. Kansas City, Mo. 34.9%
  8. Milwaukee 34.4%
  9. Charlotte, N.C. 34.3%
  10. Tulsa, Okla. 33.7%

Way to go Midwesterners! Tell us what you're volunteering for these days.