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Adults in households with children were more likely than those in childless households to be involved in community organizations.

Involvement in community organizations was measured by asking King County adults how actively they had participated in 7 specific types of organizations in the past 12 months, and if they had participated in any additional organizations.   

In 2011, 70% of King County adults were “very active” or “somewhat active” in at least 1 organization in their community.  There were no differences in active participation by region, age, race/ethnicity, gender, place of birth, primary language, or region.  However,

  • Adults in households with children were more likely than those in childless households to be active in community organizations. This is not surprising, since several of the more popular types of organizations focus on youth. 
  • Adults in married or unmarried couple relationships were more likely than those not in couple relationships to be active, reflecting significantly higher participation in youth, educational, and neighborhood or block group organizations (data by type of organization not shown).
  • Adults in excellent, very good, or good health were more likely (73%) than those in poor or fair health (65%) to participate actively in community organizations (data not shown).