The top 26 states where rich people give away the most money

New York is the ninth most charitable state in the US.

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New York is the ninth most charitable state in the US.
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Wealthy people live in every state in the US – but some states are more charitable than others.

The IRS publishes data about the number of people who itemize their tax returns every year, and how many people claim which deductions by state and by income bracket.

To arrive at the rankings, we looked at the people who itemized and made between $500,000 and $1 million, and more than $1 million in the year 2016 (the most recent one for which we have data). We looked at how many claimed the itemized deduction for charitable giving. The IRS also indicates how much money was claimed to be donated. Using that information, we could figure out the average claimed donation per $500,000+ income tax return per state.

Here, in ascending order, are the top 26 most charitable states plus Washington DC.


26: Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $62,328.16 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%


25: Texas

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Dallas, Texas.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $64,512.10 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%


24: Vermont

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Montpelier, Vermont.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $65,926.79 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


23: Oregon

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Portland, Oregon.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $67,626.74 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%


22: Washington, DC

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Washington, DC.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $69,388.23 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%


21: Colorado

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Denver, Colorado.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $69,734.32 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


20: Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $72,307.18 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


19: Nebraska

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Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $72,662.40 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 97%


18: Kansas

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Wichita, Kansas.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $77,161.41 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 97%


17: Alabama

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Montgomery, Alabama.
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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Average annual charitable contribution: $77,645.15 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 97%


16: New Hampshire

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Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Average annual charitable contribution: $ 79,648.31 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


15: Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $79,671.18 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%


14: Montana

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Missoula, Montana.
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Shutterstock/Keegan Connell

Average annual charitable contribution: $79,762.65 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


13: Missouri

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St. Louis, Missouri.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $82,633.40 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%


12: Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $83,978.81 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%


11: Idaho

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Boise, Idaho.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $84,818.72 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


10: Florida

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Miami, Florida.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $87,203.13 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%


9: New York

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New York, New York.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $88,230.77 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


8: California

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Los Angeles, California.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $ 89,606.70 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 92%


7: Nevada

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Reno, Nevada.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $97,608.10 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 92%


6: Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $115,864.14 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%


5: Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $118,556.79 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%


4: Washington

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Seattle, Washington.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $145,061.53 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%


3: South Dakota

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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Jacob Boomsma/Shutterstock

Average annual charitable contribution: $149,203.57 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 97%


2: Arkansas

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Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Average annual charitable contribution: $203,171.10 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%


1: Wyoming

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Jackson, Wyoming.
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Average annual charitable contribution: $ 223,438.62 Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%