The residents of Connecticut are the fifth most generous in the nation, according to a new analysis. The review of charitable giving by the financial website WalletHub, across the nation’s 50 states, found that Connecticut ranked:
- 3rd – Percentage of Population Who Donated Money
- 8th – Charities per Capita
- 18th – Percentage of Donated Income
- 19th – Volunteer Rate
- 25th – Volunteer Hours per Capita
Overall, only Minnesota, Utah, New York and Maryland placed higher than Connecticut in the ranking of Most Charitable States. Rounding out the top ten were Virginia, Georgia, Washington, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
A year ago, Utah topped the list and Connecticut was just outside the top 10 at number 11.
The 18 key metrics used in the analysis were grouped in two categories weighed equally, Volunteering & Service and Charitable Giving. Connecticut ranked 7th in the former and 14th in the latter. The Volunteering & Service category included share of the population collecting or distributing food or clothes for people in need, volunteer hours per capita, and fundraising or selling items to raise money. The Charitable Giving section included donating money and time, as well as the number of public charities, and share of the population donating time.
The least charitable states, according to the analysis, were Arizona, Rhode Island and Nevada.
Americans are among the world’s most generous people, WalletHub points out, ranking fourth out of 140 countries. U.S. donors in 2017 gave more than $410 billion to charity, with 70 percent of the funds coming directly from individuals, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. In addition, nearly 63 million people volunteer in the U.S., serving a combined total of 7.9 billion hours per year, the equivalent of $184 billion of service.