And the 50 most generous US cities are …

Sunday, July 31, 2016
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

wallet with moneyIn the latest nationwide study conducted to find which cities in the United States are the most generous, El Paso, Texas, came out on top, with most of the top five coming out of the South and Midwest.

In its study conducted to uncover the 50 most generous cites in America, the Barna Group set out to find the percentage of adult residents over the past decade who donated any money to charities and nonprofit organizations –including churches and religious organizations.

Stacking them up

Here is what the nonprofit Christian research organization found after interviewing 76,505 American adults, with the order of the city rankings beginning with the most generous:

  1. El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, New Mexico – 92 percent
  2. Lexington, Kentucky – 91 percent
  3. Memphis, Tennessee – 90 percent
  4. Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia – 90 percent
  5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 89 percent
  6. Cincinnati, Ohio – 88 percent
  7. Des Moines-Ames, Iowa – 87 percent
  8. Columbus, Ohio – 86 percent
  9. New Orleans, Louisiana – 86 percent
  10. Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, Virginia – 86 percent
  11. Greensville/Spartanburg/Anderson, South Carolina/Ashville, North Carolina – 86 percent
  12. Richmond/Petersburg, Virginia – 86 percent
  13. Indianapolis, Indiana – 85 percent
  14. Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, Alabama – 85 percent
  15. Portland, Oregon – 85 percent
  16. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, Iowa – 85 percent
  17. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan – 85 percent
  18. Raleigh-Durham-Fayetville, North Carolina – 85 percent
  19. Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin – 85 percent
  20. Champaign/Springfield/Decatur, Illinois – 84 percent
  21. Buffalo, New York – 84 percent
  22. Providence, Rhode Island/New Bedford, Massachusetts – 84 percent
  23. Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, North Carolina – 84 percent
  24. Columbia, South Carolina – 83 percent
  25. Madison, Wisconsin – 83 percent
  26. Mobile, Alabama/Pensacola/Fort Walton, Florida – 82 percent
  27. Atlanta, Georgia – 82 percent
  28. St. Louis, Missouri – 82 percent
  29. Freson-Visalia, California – 82 percent
  30. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 82 percent
  31. Chicago, Illinois – 82 percent
  32. Portland-Auburn, Maine – 82 percent
  33. Las Vegas, Nevada – 81 percent
  34. Louisville, Kentucky – 81 percent
  35. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas – 81 percent
  36. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania – 81 percent
  37. Denver, Colorado – 81 percent
  38. Baltimore, Maryland – 81 percent
  39. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 81 percent
  40. San Antonio, Texas – 81 percent
  41. Syracuse, New York – 81 percent
  42. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York – 81 percent
  43. Birmingham/Anniston/Tuscaloosa, Alabama – 80 percent
  44. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota, Florida – 80 percent
  45. Rochester, New York – 80 percent
  46. Charlotte, North Carolina – 80 percent
  47. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota – 80 percent
  48. Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia – 80 percent
  49. Dayton, Ohio – 79 percent
  50. Washington, D.C./Hagerstown, Maryland – 79 percent

Breaking it down

Taking a closer look at the top five cities and how they donated their money by socio-economic status, Barna found that those with little tended to give more than those with plenty.

“For the El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, N.M. area, only 7 percent were considered ‘upscale’ (adults with an annual household income of $75,000 or more and who do hold a college degree), compared to 13 percent ‘downscale’ (adults with an annual household income of $20,000 or less and who do not hold a college degree),” Barna researchers divulged.

Interpreting the findings, it is maintained that more expendable income does not interpret into more charitable giving for Americans.

“This goes to show that the most generous cities aren’t necessarily the most wealthy,” Barna asserted.

The trend of a greater percentage of Americans with lower incomes contributing their money to charities than those with higher incomes is supported by the numbers.

“For example, all but one of the top five cities had larger downscale populations than upscale: Lexington, Ky. (11 percent upscale vs. 18 percent downscale), Memphis, Tenn. (11 percent vs. 25 percent), Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (9 percent vs. 15 percent), Milwaukee, Wis. (12 percent vs. 10 percent),” the results showed.

Tithes and church donations

When specifically talking church giving, it was found that an overwhelming majority of adults from the top five cities direct their charitable giving toward churches.

Approximately 87 percent of adults in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, N.M., give to churches, compared to 84 percent in Lexington, Ky., 69 percent in Memphis, Tenn., 64 percent in Charleston and Huntington, W.Va., and 73 percent in Milwaukee, Wis.

An overall picture

When looking at overall giving geographically in the United States, it can be deduced that American adults living in certain areas of the country tend to give more than those in others.

Here is breakdown by the five major regions of the United States:

  1. Southeast – 18
  2. Midwest – 14
  3. Northeast – 10
  4. Southwest – 4
  5. West – 4

Even though there are many exceptions, statistics show that areas tending to have higher percentages of adults attending and giving to churches are the most generous in America.

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