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Utah Declared The Most Charitable State In The Nation

Volunteers helping transport medical supplies in Puerto Rico.

Wallet Hub has published a data analysis that confirms Utah is the most charitable state in the U.S. To reach this conclusion the organization pulled data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and National Center for Charitable Statistics. 

They categorized the data into two groups - fundraising and volunteering. Although Utah ranked seventh in the volunteer and service category, the state ranked number one in fundraising.

Wallet Hub analysts are not surprised by these results considering how big a role religion plays in Utah culture.

“We have seen Utah have such strong numbers year after year,” said Jill Gonzalez, Wallet Hub analyst. “I would think that having high religious tones across the state certainly helps.”

Gonzalez predicts Utah will not have any difficulty hanging onto their title in the future.

“I don’t think it is going to have trouble holding onto the title,” Gonzalez said. “The volunteer rate is pretty much double that of about half the state in the country. We also see a lot of people in Utah giving not only money but time, items, etcetera - whether they mark it down in their taxes or not, it really ranked number one in all of those things. So again, I really think that Utah easily has a hold on.”

A link to the full study can be found here.