10 Most, Least Charitable US Cities

From Madison to Laredo
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2017 10:05 AM CST
10 Most, Least Charitable US Cities
A patron donates money to a Salvation Army kettle.   (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

So which city in America most embraces the holiday season of giving? Madison, Wis., gets the honors in a new ranking by WalletHub. The site looked at the 100 biggest cities and examined a number of metrics, including money donated to charity, the number of hours spent volunteering, and the share of sheltered homeless people. Here are the 10 most compassionate cities in the ranking, along with their overall score:

  1. Madison, Wis., 68.13
  2. Virginia Beach, Va., 63.73
  3. Lincoln, Neb., 63.59
  4. Boston, 63.52
  5. Jersey City, NJ, 63.00
  6. Pittsburgh, 61.53
  7. Chesapeake, Va., 61.48
  8. Fremont, Calif., 61.42
  9. St. Paul, Minn., 61.17
  10. Seattle, 60.90
The cities that fared worst in the ranking follow.

The least compassionate cities among the 100 largest in US:

  1. North Las Vegas, Nev., 46.36
  2. Hialeah, Fla., 45.95
  3. Lubbock, Texas, 45.22
  4. Miami, 45.13
  5. Stockton, Calif., 44.99
  6. Winston-Salem, NC, 43.84
  7. Birmingham, Ala., 42.85
  8. San Bernardino, Calif., 41.45
  9. Detroit, 41.33
  10. Laredo, Texas, 37.86
Click for the full rankings, methodology, and specific breakdowns. (Read more charity stories.)

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