58.6 percent of West Virginians “frequently talk with neighbors,” compared to a national average of 41.4 percent.
West Virginia ranks first in the nation in how frequently people talk with their neighbors, and third in how frequently they do favors for their neighbors, according to Civic Health Index research by the National Conference on Citizenship.
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a congressionally chartered organization formed in 1953 with the mission of strengthening civic life in America. The Civic Health Index research in West Virginia was supported by the Office of the Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant.
NCoC conducts Civic Health Index research by including questions in the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey to record a wide range of civic activity metrics, such as volunteering, voting, interaction with neighbors and confidence in public institutions.
In the latest round of CHI research, 58.6 percent of West Virginians “frequently talk with neighbors,” compared to a national average of 41.4 percent.
On the other end of the scale, 9.1 percent of West Virginia “never talk with neighbors,” compared to the national average of 14.3 percent.
19.4 percent of West Virginians surveyed “frequently do favors for neighbors,” compared to the national average of 12.1 percent.
15 percent of West Virginians participate in a school group, neighborhood or community association, slightly higher than the national average of 13.9 percent.
83.6 percent of West Virginians “frequently hear from friends and family,” the fifth highest rate in the nation in the category, and comparing to the national average of 75.7 percent.
West Virginia is the 28th state to publish its Civic Health Index data.
The full data set is available at ncoc.net/wvcivichealth