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What Are The Most (And Least) Charitable U.S. States?

Posted by on May. 9, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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What Are The Most (And Least) Charitable U.S. States?

A map of the U.S. shows the states where residents were the most and least likely to say they had recently donated to charity.

A map of the U.S. shows the states where residents were the most and least likely to say they had recently donated to charity.

Gallup

There are only two U.S. states where at least 50 percent of residents say they've recently given either money or time to charity: Utah and Minnesota, according to a new Gallup poll. Nevada and Kentucky tied for the lowest rate of charitable giving.

The poll was conducted in the last six months of 2013, when at least 600 residents of each state was asked if they had donated money to a charity or volunteered at an organization within the past month.

Gallup produced a map based on the poll results, which found that after the top two charitable states, Hawaii, South Dakota, and New Hampshire rounded out the top five (see the full list of states below).

One finding held true for all 50 states: People were more likely to have donated money than time, Gallup says. Even in the states that ranked lowest in the findings, more than 50 percent of the residents said they had donated money to charity.

Here are the states that were ranked lowest in the poll:

"The percentage of those donating [both] money and volunteering time was below 30 percent in 10 states — Nevada, Kentucky, New York, Mississippi, Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Louisiana."

The results jibe with what Gallup called "well-being" scores in a recent study, as the organization says that people who are thriving are also more likely to give back to their communities.

Gallup also notes that "Americans as a whole do show impressive figures for their acts of kindness compared with the rest of the world," citing a 2011 study that found U.S. residents were more likely than many others to give to charity, or to help a stranger.

50 U.S. states are ranked in order of their residents' charitable activity, as measured in a recent Gallup poll.

50 U.S. states are ranked in order of their residents' charitable activity, as measured in a recent Gallup poll.

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by on May. 9, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on May. 9, 2014 at 6:56 PM
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My guess is Utah ranks so high because of the large Mormon population.
Momtoone07
by Member on May. 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM
Number ten. Not too bad.
LindaClement
by Thatwoman on May. 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I never believe these polls.

What people really do is very often a lot different from what they say they do.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on May. 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM
This is the case

Quoting smalltowngal: My guess is Utah ranks so high because of the large Mormon population.
MeAndTommyLee
by Platinum Member on May. 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Good for them!

Quoting smalltowngal: My guess is Utah ranks so high because of the large Mormon population.


NeonGirl9583
by on May. 9, 2014 at 8:03 PM
Sounds about right for Georgia???
WesternNYmom
by Silver Member on May. 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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I am not suprised that New York ranks as one of the states with the lowest donations.  Every thing here is taxed to death. Not much left over to give after the bills are paid.

lga1965
by on May. 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM
See, Minnesota nice is our motto !
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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on May. 10, 2014 at 6:25 AM
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Isnt like kentucky they poorest state?

booaura
by on May. 10, 2014 at 6:34 AM
Interesting.
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