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As they age, adults show different patterns of involvement 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 one organization in their community.  Although there were no overall differences by age, the types of organizations in which residents were involved did vary by age.

  • Adults 65 and older were less likely than younger adults to participate actively in educational organizations or youth groups.
  • Only 1 in 10 adults age 25-44 were involved in political organizations, a rate significantly lower than those for adults age 45 and older (see data table for details).
  •  Adults age 25-44 were also less likely than those age 45 and older to participate actively in religious organizations.
  • See Notes & Sources for data table showing profiles of participation by age groups.