Top 10 Most Charitable Cities in the US

by Christelle HollomonNovember 23, 2017

As the year draws to an end and the weather gets colder, there’s no better time for giving back!

Charitable giving by Americans has rapidly increased over the past decades. In fact, it was close to seven times more in 2016 as it was 62 years earlier! While people choose to give for a multitude of reasons, charitable donations positively affects the lives’ of those in need and promotes the feeling of community. As Anne Frank once notably wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Are you a cheerful giver? According to, these are the top 10 most charitable cities in the US!
10 most charitable cities in the US
With Memphis, Tennessee‘s abundance of southern hospitality, it’s no wonder why there are hundreds of nonprofit organizations based in the area. 5.6% of Memphis residents income goes towards many philanthropic organizations in the area such as Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. and The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis, making it America’s most charitable city!

In much the same way, other cities south of the Mason-Dixon line such as Nashville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama have hearts for giving.

Following closely behind Memphis, Salt Lake City, Utah comes in at #2 for the most charitable city in the US. Furthermore, Utah was found to be the most generous state in the country in terms of percentage of adjusted gross income given to charity.

Go big or go home! Everything is bigger in Texas, and that statement holds true when it comes to charitable giving. Dallas and San Antonio residents not only love football, but they love giving back as well! Many great organizations are headquartered in Texas including Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. in Dallas and Soldiers’ Angels in San Antonio.

They say sunny weather improves your mood, but in sunny cities like Jacksonville, Florida and San Jose, California, it’s not just the weather that brings happiness. True happiness comes from helping others and these cities do not disappoint! Their residents give 4.2% and 4.6% of their income to charity, respectively.

Last, but certainly not least, is Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Six Oklahoma City charities, including City Rescue Mission and Infant Crisis Services, have received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Oklahoma City is also where the military inspired organization, The Hugs Project, began.

‘Tis the season for giving! Let us know your favorite charitable organizations in the comments below!

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About The Author
Christelle Hollomon
Christelle is a content marketing intern as well as a full-time marketing student. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys watching make-up tutorials, playing volleyball, and creating DIY masterpieces for her future home!