The most charitable cities in America

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 11:51 p.m. MDT

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Volunteer Rates: 30.2 percent

Volunteer Hours Per Year: 41.5

Percentage Income Donated (Median): 5.8 percent

Overall Score: 29.1
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Sandy, UT

It all boils down to your view of the world. Is it a government obligation to help people or a personal responsibility. I am always amused by people I know who criticize conservatives for not caring about the poor, etc., who give neither their own time nor money. I personally believe that the more government gets involved the less motivated individuals are to step up and help their neighbors. Notice how many of the wealthy liberal cities made the list?

By the way, if giving to one's church should not count as charity, should giving to an art gallery or other charity that is likely to effect a small part of the community.

West Bountiful, UT

Waiting for Chris B to find fault....


This will bring more of the homeless to SLC. I am tired of pan handlers in downtown so count me as one of the non-generous.

Brooklyn, NY

RBB: I think Utah can be very proud of their charitable givings and volunteerism. In regards to your question about govt obligation vs private citizens, look at countries in Europe that have lower charity donations but about 75% of the poverty rates as the United States. So then the question becomes, how necessary is it to donate to charity where the need doesn't exist because citizens don't worry about going bankrupt due to health concerns or loss of employment, economic upbringing, etc?

And while liberal cities like NYC aren't on the list, they, in essence, already fund cities like Salt Lake. Look at which states pay more federal taxes than they receive. Utah (and most red states) receive much more federal dollars than they collect. That money comes from states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California.

West Valley City, UT

Mountianlocal they other thing you have to think about though is when you look at how much utah receives in federal dollars 70% of utah is owned by the federal government so then of course our state gets more money they are taking care of their own land but then when things like the government shutdown happen we can't even use these places cause the federal government owns them.

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