civic health in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alabama

Today, our colleagues at the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) announced reports on the civic health of Alabama, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. CIRCLE does most of the number-crunching for these reports. We deliver factual information to state-based teams that add their knowledge of local initiatives and develop their own interpretations and arguments. Here’s where you can sign up to do one of these in your state or metro area.


Pennsylvania ranks 50th in the nation in discussing politics, but Pennsylvanians demonstrate promising rates of engagement in areas like group participation and talking with neighbors. The report highlights the role civic education and civic infrastructure play in cultivating engagement.

Ohio, as usual, is a bellwether, falling at or near national averages on nearly all indicators of civic engagement. Ohioans are, however, less likely to engage in certain forms of political participation, such as attending meetings and discussing political issues.

Alabama outperforms national trends in many indicators related to social connection and public work, but other forms of civic involvement, such as contacting elected officials and joining groups, lag. The Alabama report highlights exciting programs and initiatives across the state as promising models for advancing civic health.

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.
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