Of the 20 states whose residents donated the biggest share of their income, all but one voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.
Rates of giving ranged from 1.74 percent in New Hampshire to 6.56 percent in Utah, as a share of their adjusted gross income, according to a comprehensive review of Internal Revenue Service data by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. (Utah is home to a sizable population of Mormons, who are expected to contribute 10 percent of their income to the church.) Among the top 20, all but 18th-ranked Florida voted for Romney during the last presidential election. Wyoming ranked 20th with a rate of giving of 3.09 percent.
The map and chart below show the states that contributed most, and who won the most votes in 2012. It is part of the Chronicle’s in-depth analysis of charitable giving down to the Zip code level.
|State||Presidential vote in 2012||Rate of giving|
|South Carolina||Mitt Romney||4.13%|
|North Carolina||Mitt Romney||3.63%|
|South Dakota||Mitt Romney||3.35%|
|New Mexico||Barack Obama||2.92%|
|New York||Barack Obama||2.86%|
|West Virginia||Mitt Romney||2.70%|
|North Dakota||Mitt Romney||2.37%|
|Rhode Island||Barack Obama||2.07%|
|New Jersey||Barack Obama||2.01%|
|New Hampshire||Barack Obama||1.74%|