Civic Engagement Data

Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. Civic engagement improves health by building social capital or networks of relationships among people. Civic engagement, such as volunteering, helps individuals develop a sense of purpose. more

Purpose

To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of the Rhode Island Health Equity Measures.

Key Information

Measure Percentage of registered voters participating in the most recent presidential election
Data Source Rhode Island Board of Elections
Strata City/Town
What this measure means This measure represents the percentage of registered voters who participated in the most recent presidential election, by municipality. A lower percent of participating voters serves as a measure of lower civic engagement.The data are available in the RI Board of Elections voter turnout report.

Key Findings, 2016

  • Central Falls (43%), Providence (45.3%), Woonsocket (46.3%), and Pawtucket (53.3%) (the core cities) had the lowest percentages of participating voters
  • Scituate, Little Compton, and Jamestown had the highest percentages of participating voters

Data Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections