Utah is the Most Generous State

Like we needed a survey to confirm it, but Utahns are at the top of the heap when it comes to charitable giving.

Gallup says Utah has the highest-percentage of charitable giving. Utah is at the top of the heap when it comes to donating money, time and both.

On the opposite side of the ledger, residents in Nevada, Kentucky New York and Mississippi donate the least.

Interestingly, Gallup has found a correlation between a state’s charitable giving and their overall “well being.”

Gallup has found that people with higher well-being are more likely to give back to their communities — whether it be their time, money, or help to strangers — and this relationship is true as well for states with lower well-being scores.

States with the lowest charitable giving percentages also had generally lower Gallup-Healthways well-being scores than states with higher giving averages. Of the most charitable states, all were above the national average for well-being; whereas only two of the least charitable states — Arizona and Nevada — were above the national average.