How Charitable Are Louisiana Residents?
Today is #GivingTuesday, and WalletHub has taken the opportunity to rank our 50 U.S. states to find out which ones are the most willing to give.
In the top five on the personal finance website's Most Charitable States of 2016 list are Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Maryland and Oklahoma. At the bottom is Arizona, followed by California, Texas, Nevada and Hawaii.
So...where does Louisiana fall on this important list? The Bayou State sits at number 43, so it's not a very good ranking for us. We also ranked in the bottom five when it comes to volunteer rate, and tied with Nevada at 46th for percentage of the population who claim to have donated money.
It's a bit of a surprise, really, to see Louisiana so low on the list, given that we have so many incredibly generous people all over the state. With Christmas right around the corner and the spirit of giving in the air, it's about time for those who haven't made it a point to help others to step up and make a difference. There are plenty of wonderful charities and organizations to give to, including our own Operation Santa Claus.
Here are some more key stats from WalletHub's report:
Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 39.3 percent, 2.1 times higher than in Florida, which has the lowest at 18.3 percent.
Utah has the highest percentage of donated income, 6.61 percent, 3.6 times higher than in New Hampshire, which has the lowest at 1.85 percent.
Utah has the highest percentage of the population who claim to have donated time, 56 percent, 1.9 times higher than in Kentucky, which has the lowest at 30 percent.
Maryland has the highest percentage of taxpayers who donated money to charity, 38.2 percent, 3.1 times higher than in West Virginia, which has the lowest at 12.3 percent.
Utah has the most volunteering hours per capita, 75.6, 3.7 times more than in Kentucky, which has the fewest at 20.7.
Vermont has the most public charities per capita, 27.07, 4.5 times more than in Nevada, which has the fewest at 6.05.
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