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Welcome to the first-ever Georgia Civic Health Index.

The Georgia Civic Health Index seeks to answer the question:
“How do Georgians participate in civic life and what does it mean for Georgia?”

The Civic Health Index examines:

  • how Georgians engage civically—with one another, with their communities, with institutions, and in politics;
  • how civic participation varies across key demographic variables; and
  • how Georgia’s rates of civic participation compare with other states.

This report is intended to launch a statewide conversation among citizens and private, nonprofit and public sector leaders and decision-makers about how to promote and strengthen civic life in Georgia.

What is Civic Health?

Civic health reflects the degree to which residents talk to neighbors, spend time with friends or family, participate in community groups, vote, talk about politics,  and act to further civic interest.

The report divides civic health into four groups:

  1. Social Connectedness
  2. Community Involvement
  3. Political Action
  4. Confidence in Institutions
Why Does Civic Health Matter?

Strong civic health is associated with:

• better public health outcomes,
• lower crimes rates and youth delinquency, and
• greater economic resilience.

Is Georgia Civically Healthy?

Georgia’s civic health is not strong. While Georgians who are older, more educated, or have higher incomes exhibit better rates of civic engagement, Georgia on the whole exhibits some of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the nation.  Georgia is about average for many social connectedness indicators, but is below average for most indicators of community involvement, political action, and confidence in institutions.

The good news is that Georgia has a solid foundation of local social networks upon which to build and improve our overall civic health. Georgia’s social connectedness indicators—how often residents interact with friends, family, and neighbors—are consistently strong.

Download the Executive Summary.

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