Five of the six most charitable states are in the Southeast, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which analyzed tax return data to reach its findings.
The study – based on 2012 IRS tax returns – listed Georgia as the fifth-most charitable state; South Carolina ranked sixth. The giving rate is based on the ratio of contributions to adjusted gross income.
Utah topped the list at 6.56 percent. Georgia’s average giving rate was 4.2 percent, just above South Carolina at 4.13.