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These States Are the Most Likely to Give to Charity

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Charitable giving was lowest in Southern and Southwestern states, according to a new Gallup poll.

Utah residents are the most likely to say they have donated money to a charity or volunteered their time for one in the last month, a new Gallup poll reports.

“Highest percentages of charitable giving, by state”:
Utah
Minnesota
Hawaii
South Dakota
New Hampshire
Kansas
Illinois
Montana
Idaho

“Lowest percentages of charitable giving, by state”:
Nevada
Kentucky
New York
Mississippi
Arizona
Arkansas
North Carolina
West Virginia
Rhode Island
Louisiana

The poll asked Americans whether they had donated money to a charity, volunteered their time for a cause, or done both in the last month. Gallup said the states that ranked low on its well-being surveys also seemed to have lowest charitable giving percentages, arguing “it is also possible that citizens with higher well-being are more likely to become active in their communities.” Overall, most Americans were more likely to say that they have donated money rather than volunteer. That said, the United States is still the “most generous country in the world,” according to the 2013 World Giving Index.

This Gallup poll was conducted between June and December 2013, with at least 600 residents in each of the 50 states. The margin of sampling error is ±5 percentage points.

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