Where Rich Americans Give the Most to Charity

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While Americans are still facing economic challenges, monetary generosity has also increased. Charitable giving grew by 9% in 2021 for both traditional donations and online giving, according to the non-profit research division at Blackbaud Institute. This is the largest increase in a decade.

To determine the places where affluent Americans give the most to charity, we compared 384 metro areas across the following metrics: charitable contributions as a percentage of income, percentage of tax returns with charitable donations and the average charitable contribution. For all metrics, we specifically considered tax returns of filers with a reported income of $200,000 or higher. For details on our data sources and how we put all the information together to create our final rankings, read the Data and Methodology section below.

Key Findings

  • Utah and Georgia metro areas dominate the top 10. Nationally, 47% of tax filers who earn upwards of $200,000 gave to charity, according to IRS data. The top 10 metro areas in Utah and Georgia exceed the national average by nearly 20%. In these areas, more than two in three high-earning filers claimed charitable tax deductions.
  • The average rich American gives about $30,600 to charity. IRS data only captures charitable contributions as noted on one’s tax return. Nationwide, tax filers earning $200,000 or more deduct an average of $30,600 for charitable contributions.