Ohio earns among highest scores in new ranking of charitable giving

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Ohio received a score of 66.29 on a ranking of charitable donations and volunteer time, the fifth highest percentage among the 50 states, according to an analysis by the WalletHub personal finances website.

The state’s residents were ranked 11th in the category of “Volunteering and Service,” the study reported, while Ohio came in 13th in the “Charitable Giving” ranking. In turn, these two general categories were divided into 19 indicators, such as volunteer hours per capita, with each metric measured on a 100-point scale, according to WalletHub.

Overall, the United States was found to be among the most generous countries in the world, with Americans giving more than $449 billion to charities last year, according to the National Philanthropic Trust.

In addition, nearly 80 million Americans have volunteered their time to charitable activities, providing a combined 6.9 billion hours annually, which adds up to a value of $167 billion in services, according to WalletHub.

How Do States Measure Up on Charitable Giving?

Overall Rank (1=Most Charitable) State Total Score ‘Volunteering & Service’ Rank ‘Charitable Giving’ Rank
1 Utah 72.27 2 9
2 Minnesota 71.51 3 4
3 Maryland 70.08 5 6
4 Oregon 67.84 1 34
5 Ohio 66.29 11 13
6 Pennsylvania 66.25 12 12
7 Virginia 65.80 28 2
8 North Dakota 65.68 4 27
9 Maine 64.18 6 29
10 Colorado 64.13 22 7
11 Alaska 63.41 7 33
12 Georgia 63.41 34 3
13 Wyoming 62.70 14 25
14 Washington 62.57 17 23
15 New Hampshire 62.31 10 31
16 Arkansas 62.16 21 19
17 North Carolina 62.11 24 14
18 Wisconsin 61.64 19 22
19 New York 61.64 45 1
20 Illinois 60.78 35 8
21 Massachusetts 60.66 41 5
22 Nebraska 60.56 13 39
23 Connecticut 60.28 30 17
24 Missouri 60.15 32 15
25 Idaho 59.65 8 46
26 Indiana 59.63 16 40
27 New Jersey 59.48 33 18
28 Florida 59.45 40 10
29 Delaware 59.38 9 47
30 South Dakota 59.06 15 43
31 Oklahoma 58.61 20 32
32 Kentucky 58.52 23 28
33 Montana 57.99 18 41
34 Kansas 57.79 39 21
35 Michigan 57.66 42 20
36 Vermont 57.06 26 36
37 Texas 56.84 25 38
38 Tennessee 56.83 36 26
39 South Carolina 56.67 38 24
40 Alabama 56.40 46 11
41 Iowa 54.95 31 42
42 Hawaii 54.90 29 44
43 California 54.04 50 16
44 West Virginia 53.89 27 48
45 Nevada 52.41 37 45
46 Rhode Island 52.09 44 37
47 Mississippi 51.27 49 30
48 Louisiana 51.19 47 35
49 New Mexico 47.28 48 49
50 Arizona 46.98 43 50

Source: WalletHub.com

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