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WalletHub study: 2021’s most caring cities in America

With the holidays approaching and Americans having donated a record $471 billion in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2021’s Most Caring Cities in America, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

In order to identify the most compassionate places in America, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 39 key metrics. The data set ranges from the share of sheltered homeless persons to volunteering hours per capita to the share of income donated to charity.

Most Caring Cities in America
1. Madison, WI 11. Portland, OR
2. Boston, MA 12. Colorado Springs, CO
3. New York, NY 13. Minneapolis, MN
4. Virginia Beach, VA 14. San Francisco, CA
5. Fremont, CA 15. St. Paul, MN
6. Pittsburgh, PA 16. Chesapeake, VA
7. Jersey City, NJ 17. Irvine, CA
8. Lincoln, NE 18. Gilbert, AZ
9. Seattle, WA 19. Aurora, CO
10. Denver, CO 20. Washington, DC

Key Stats

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, has the highest share of income donated to charity, 8.13 percent, which is 2.7 times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the lowest at 3.03 percent.
  • Baltimore has the most volunteer hours per capita, 45.16, which is 5.6 times more than in Jacksonville, Florida, the city with the fewest at 8.05.
  • Jacksonville, Florida, has the highest share of residents who do favors for their neighbors, 68.70 percent, which is 1.8 times higher than in Orlando, Florida, the city with the lowest at 38.30 percent.
  • Boston has the highest share of sheltered homeless persons, 97.80 percent, which is 5.6 times higher than in San Jose, California, the city with the lowest at 17.52 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest child-poverty rate, 3.09 percent, which is 16.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 50.19 percent.

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This article was released by WalletHub.