How Much Do Alpharetta and Milton Residents Give to Charity?

New study details giving by ZIP Code and finds areas with more GOP voters are more likely to support charities.

How much is your area giving to charities? A new national study details the generosity in America's communities.

Readers in Alpharetta-Milton Patch's ZIP Code 30004 gave a median $3,255, or 4.2 percent, per household to charity in 2008, according to a study released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Residents in ZIP Code 30005 gave a median $3,212, or 3.9 percent, per household to charity.

Residents in ZIP Code 30009 gave a median $2,892, or 4.6 percent, per household to charity.

Residents in ZIP Code 30022 gave a median $3,484, or 4.4 percent, per household to charity.

(Median discretionary income: 30004 – $77,123; 30005 – $82,386; 30009 – $63,116; 30022 – $79,853)

Metro Atlanta ranked fifth and Georgia ninth nationally in giving to charities in 2008, according to the study. Residents in the Atlanta area gave
a median $3,286 per household, or 5.9% of their discretionary income. Statewide, Georgia residents gave a median $3,396 or 6.2% of their income.

The study was based on Internal Revenue Service records of Americans who itemized deductions. It gives ZIP-code level detail about the percentage of discretionary income that people gave to charity.

The study found:

  • States that voted Republican in the last presidential election are far more likely to be generous to charities than those that voted Democratic. The top eight states in giving, including Georgia, preferred John McCain over Barack Obama.
  • Utah was the No. 1 state in giving at 10.6 percent, with Salt Lake City as the most giving city. By contrast, residents in Massachusetts and three other New England states give less than 3 percent. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the least-generous states.
  • Lower-income people give a far bigger share of their income to charities than the wealthy.
  • Rich people who live in areas with mostly wealthy people give a smaller share of their incomes to charity than rich people in economically diverse areas.
  • Regions that are deeply religious give more than those that are not. Two of the top 10 states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormons, who tithe more consistently than other churches. The other states in the top 10 are all in the so-called Bible Belt.

The Chronicle website also features an interactive map looking at how America gives.

No Name August 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
This is not an accurate picture because look how many we subsidize through various programs via taxes. I daresay people would be giving a whole lot more if they weren't choked to death by taxes, including the indirect tax of inflation! Also the second bullet from the bottom doesn't bear out in looking at our own local statistics. Maybe wealthier blue areas give less?
Sue Taylor August 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
No Name: It's not about "subsidizing". It's about finding yourself a charity (or 2),you getting your check book out, and giving from the heart. These figures are correct. The wealthiest people usually find it more difficult to give. I know many people who are generous givers, even though we are all "choked to death" with taxes.
No Name August 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
"I know many people who are generous givers, even though we are all "choked to death" with taxes." As we do ourselves, in fact we give well above our zip code average. My point was really about taxes. We would be even more charitable if taxes were not so high. And if we weren't subsidizing others via taxes, we could all do more out of personal compassion. (Government is neither compassionate nor personal.)


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