Utah is the most generous state in the nation when it comes to charitable giving. Utah is a wealthy state with a large population of Mormons, who are known to customarily practice the biblical imperative of tithing. (Tithing means giving 10 percent of one's income--a tithe--to those less fortunate.)
Utah didn't quite average 10 percent, though the study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which tracks charitable giving, reports that Utah residents averaged almost $66 in giving for every $1,000 in earned income. Perhaps surprisingly, the next three states on the list are among the poorest in the nation--Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. New Hampshire, often described as flinty (definition: unyielding, stern), lived up to its adjective by placing last on the Chronicle list of charitable giving.
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