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The Least Charitable Cities in America

The Least Charitable Cities


Some cities just can’t seem to spare a dime.

Our partners at Bundle.com recently analyzed the 100 most populous cities in America to find out how charitable they are. To do so, they focused on four criteria: How many donations residents gave online in 2009 and how much those donations were for; the average amount of money each household gave to political, religious and social service organizations by credit card each month; and finally, the number of nonprofit organizations currently registered in the city. The researchers then took a weighted average of these factors to rank the cities.

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10. Riverside, Calif.


When it comes to charity, there seems to be a major divide between Northern and Southern California. Cities in the north, like San Francisco and San Jose, rank among the most charitable metropolitan areas in the country. But several cities in the south, including Riverside, rank among the worst. In fact, these southern cities dominate much of the bottom part of the list, which tended to give less often and in smaller amounts.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $69 (27th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $1,481 (15th Fewest)

Total number of online donations per 1,000 people: 24.7 (17th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 818 (22nd Fewest)

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9. Chula Vista, Calif.


Chula Vista, another city in Southern California, has very few nonprofits, and the average person here gives just $25 to charitable organizations each month.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $25 (2nd Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $1,840 (24th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 34.3 (34th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 374 (5th Fewest)

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8. Toledo, Ohio


Toledo falls somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to nonprofits, but the city’s citizens seem less likely to give back, despite the many charities in town.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $63 (17th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $1,115 (10th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 19.5 (11th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 1,262 (42nd Fewest)

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7. Garland, Texas


Texas boasts some of the most charitable cities in the country, including Austin, Dallas and Houston, but apparently Garland didn’t get the state memo that it should give back.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $41 (5th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $1,864 (25th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 32.4 (29th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 558 (6th Fewest)

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6. Detroit, Michigan


Detroit has more than 3,000 nonprofits, which places it in the top 20 nationwide, and yet, residents here rank at or near the bottom of each of the three categories in terms of the amount they give. To be fair, Detroit was ravaged by unemployment and foreclosures during the recession, so average people in Detroit probably have enough hardship to deal with on their own without having to worry about donating to those around them.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $27 (3rd Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $422 (The Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 7.2 (The Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 3,410 (15th Most)

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5. Stockton, Calif.


Yet another Southern California city that hasn’t quite mastered the art of giving. Stockton has an especially low average for online donations, and fares only slightly better for credit card donations.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $64 (19th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $851 (6th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 16.4 (7th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 812 (21st Fewest)

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4. Newark, N.J.


Newark has been the beneficiary of some incredible acts of charity recently, the most notable of which may be a $100 million gift from Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. But it seems this has not quite inspired people living in Newark to give back themselves. While the city has an average amount of nonprofits, it ranks among the worst in terms of the number of donations given, and the amount that the average person gives back.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $59 (12th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $592 (2nd Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 10.7 (2nd Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 1,149 (35th Fewest)

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3. Anaheim, Calif.


Of all the cities in Southern California, Anaheim is the worst when it comes to charitable giving. Residents here give fewer donations on average than most cities, and when they do make a donation, it’s a relatively small amount.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $56 (9th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $1,167 (11th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 18.3 (9th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 671 (13th Fewest)

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2. North Las Vegas, Nev.


Las Vegas proper is fairly average when it comes to giving, but its sister city can’t say the same. There are fewer nonprofits in North Las Vegas than in any other major city in America, and perhaps as a result, people living here are less likely to make a donation to charity.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $64 (18th Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $11.4 (4th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: $633 (4th Fewest)

Total number of nonprofits: 270 (The Fewest)

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1. Hialeah, Fla.


Miami may rank in the top 20 for charitable giving but Hialeah, a city just outside Miami, lands on the opposite end of the spectrum. Residents here give just $23 per month on average to charity from a credit card, and average less than $1 per person in online donations. But don’t be too quick to criticize the folks of Hialeah. This city has a foreclosure rate that is nearly twice as bad as the national average. Plus, Florida as a whole ranked at the bottom of our list in terms of financial well-being.

Total credit card donations per household per month: $23 (The Fewest)

Total online donations per 1,000 people: $718 (5th Fewest)

Total number of donations per 1,000 people: 14.7 (6th Fewest)

Total number of non-profits: 627 (10th Fewest)

For the full list of the 10 most charitable cities, check out Bundle's rankings.

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