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How Much Do Dixon Residents Give to Charity?

New study details giving by ZIP Code and finds areas with more GOP voters are more likely to support charities.

How much is your area giving to charities? A new national study details the generosity in America's communities.

In Dixon, people gave a median $1,842 or 3.3 percent of their income, per household to charity in 2008, according to a study released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The study was based on Internal Revenue Service records from 2008 of Americans who itemized deductions. It gives ZIP-code level detail about the percentage of discretionary income that people gave to charity. 

The IRS releases total amounts donated, but to protect privacy, the agency does not provide data about the specific charities people supported. Because of discrepancies in the data for people with income below $50,000, The Chronicle’s study includes only taxpayers who reported incomes of $50,000 or more. Readers can use the online edition of this report to find detailed breakdowns, by income level, showing the percentage of income donated by people in various income brackets for each ZIP code.

The study found:

  • States that voted Republican in the last presidential election are far more likely to be generous to charities than those that voted Democratic. The top eight states in giving preferred John McCain over Barack Obama.
  • Utah was the No. 1 state in giving at 10.6 percent, with Salt Lake City as the most giving city. By contrast, residents in Massachusetts and three other New England states give less than 3 percent. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the least-generous states.
  • California ranked No. 25 out of the 50 entries with $17.2 billion total contributions and a median contribution of $2,396.
  • Lower-income people give a far bigger share of their income to charities than the wealthy.
  • Rich people who live in areas with mostly wealthy people give a smaller share of their incomes to charity than rich people in economically diverse areas.
  • Regions that are deeply religious give more than those that are not. Two of the top 10 states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormons, who tithe more consistently than other churches. The other states in the top 10 are all in the so-called Bible Belt.

The Chronicle website also features an interactive map looking at how America gives.

Aaron August 28, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Interesting... This report suggests something conservatives have known forever. Republicans are just as charitable and compassionate as (perhaps more than) Democrats. However, Republicans wish to choose the charities to which they contribute. Too many Democrats believe all the money should go to the government and the government will administer the social programs as they deem fit.
Becky Johnson August 29, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Wait a minute. It sounds like they included tithing in "giving". I would not consider that charitable giving. That is LDS giving back to LDS, not the community. Utah's rate is at 10.6% because they are forced to tithe 10% of their income.
Aaron August 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
How can "tithing' not be considered "giving"? Tithing is just structured, regular donations to the charity of their choice. No person is "forced" to give 10% of their income. There are plenty of christians, LDS included, that attend church, but do not tithe. Just about all Christian churches strongly encourage tithing just as it is written in the bible. (Actually, tithe from the bible means a 'tenth".) But to not consider it "charity" just because it's strongly encouraged...? Weak sauce!
Aaron August 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Oh, and the work churches (even the LDS) do shouldn't be considered less important (or not "real charity") than any other "charitable work" done in the community. Like I said in my first post, conservatives would rather choose where their charitable donations go. Most conservatives would rather see their donations go to do "God's Work" rather than to what liberals think needs to be done.

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