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Study Rates Smithtown on Giving

Chronicle of Philanthropy examined every zip code in the United States to see how much communities are giving.

 

When it comes to donating your paycheck to charity, just how generous are you?

Do you back up your words with cold, hard cash or simply give non-profits the cold shoulder? A study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy released Monday looked at every zip code in the United States.

Among the study's wide-ranging findings:

  • Utah is the most generous state, donating 10.6 percent of discretionary income.
  • New York ranks 17th (4.7 percent). 
  • New Hampshire is the stingiest (just 2.5 percent).
  • People who live in politically conservative, "red states" are more generous than those in liberal or "blue states."

Long Island measured up well. Nassau rated 11th among 3,115 counties nationwide at 5.3 percent while Suffolk was 24th (4.8 percent).

How America Gives ranked each of the 28,725 zip codes in the U.S. by measuring income, average annual contribution and percentage of income. 

So how does Smithtown rate?

 11787 - Smithtown

Zip Code Totals Total Contributions $23.5 million Median Contribution $2,330 Median Discretionary Income $66,919 Percent of Income Given 3.5 percent Total Contributions Rank

1,154

 11780 - St. James, Head of Harbor, Nissequogue

Zip Code Totals Total Contributions $18.6 million Median Contribution $2,525 Median Discretionary Income $74,050 Percent of Income Given 3.4 percent Total Contributions Rank
1,805

 11767 - Nesconset

Zip Code Totals Total Contributions $8.2 million Median Contribution $2,192 Median Discretionary Income $64,723 Percent of Income Given  3.4 percent Total Contributions Rank 4,867

Jeanne August 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I believe this study included church/religious donations as part of the stats. So if you live in the South, chances are you belong to a church that you give money to. That kind of skews the 'charity' idea, and the statistics.
James Olson August 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
If one clicks on the link and reads how the data was gathered one will understand why statistics can be laboriously interesting but using adjectives such as "stingy" or "generous" may not be justified because of the limitations of the data. For example, IRS Schedule A (charitable giving) data was obtained for those with incomes greater than $50,000/yr. Therefore, those who did not itemize their deductions or do not have an income over $50K are not incl. in the data. Yes, religious giving is included. I think all these sorts of studies are for entertainment purposes only and get a kick out of them. It's my one low-brow guilty pleasure. lol.

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