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December 5, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s ranking among the most charitable states in 2019

The latest World Giving Index identifies the United States as the most generous country over the course of the last ten years. For example, in 2018, Americans donated more than $427 billion to charity, with individual contributions accounting for 68% of the funds, according to the National Philanthropic Trust.

This being the season of giving, the credit-reporting site WalletHub has analyzed 19 indicators of charitable behavior — including volunteer rate, share of income donated and share of sheltered homeless — to come up with a ranking of the states. The verdict on New Jersey? Not quite in Scrooge territory, but not among the big givers either, by a long shot. WalletHub ranks the Garden State 29th overall. It lists Minnesota, Utah, Maryland, Oregon and Ohio as the five most charitable states. It places Arizona last, with New Mexico, Mississippi, Louisiana and Nevada keeping it company.

And, em, how did the neighbors do? Pennsylvania (6), New York (19), Connecticut (26), Delaware (27).