I’ve always thought that rural folks and people from small towns were more giving that those in large cities. I’ve not been able to quantify that conviction and still can’t but a new report by the New Tithing Group shows that rural states tend to be the biggest givers on a per capita basis.
New Tithing measured the giving of affluent taxpayers (those earning more than $200,000) and looked at that giving in relation to the aggregate wealth of each state over a six year period. Here are their rankings of the top 15 states: UT, OK, NE, MN, GA, WY, SC, CO, MS, NC, ND, SD, IA, AL, OR and AL.
The five wealthiest states of CA, NY, FL, TX AND IL ranked 21st to 41st in their level of giving.
While not a definitive study that supports my premise that rural is more giving than urban, it sure is some good ammunition for me until I find a better study.