With all the focus in the media lately on violence, unrest, terrorism, shootings, and a particularly ugly season of political rhetoric, it’s easy to lose site of the fact that there are good people out there doing good things.

The Barna Group conducted a study recently that took a look into the goodness among us and came up with a ranking of the 50 most generous cities in America. Towns across the country were measured by the percentage of those who donated any money to charities and nonprofit organizations, including churches and religious organizations.

El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico top the list for being the most generous cities in America. Rounding out the top five list are:

  1. El Paso, TX / Las Cruces, NM: 92%
  2. Lexington, KY: 91%
  3. Memphis, TN: 90%
  4. Charleston-Huntington, WV: 90%
  5. Milwaukee, WI: 89%

Looking a little more closely at these top five cities, Barna found that for the El Paso, TX / Las Cruces, NM area, only 7 percent of the population were considered “upscale” (adults with an annual household income of $75,000 or more and who do hold a college degree), compared to 13 percent “downscale” (adults with an annual household income of $20,000 or less and who do not hold a college degree). This goes to show that the most generous cities aren’t necessarily the most wealthy.

Here’s an infographic that ranks the top 50 Most Generous Cities in America according to the Barna study. Is your city on the list?


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