There are wealthy people in every state in the U.S., but in some states, the rich tend to be less inclined to charitable giving than in others, according to a new report by Business Insider. And New Jersey is one of the stingier ones.
The average person making upward of $500,000 in the U.S. donated about $74,000 in 2016 (the most recent date for which data are available). But New Jersey’s average annual charitable contribution is just $37,368, which ranks us 48th in the nation. On the other hand, 95 percent of those making more than $500,000 per year make some sort of charitable contribution.
The worst states: Alaska, at $36,124, and West Virginia, at $31,313. The most generous state? Wyoming, surprisingly enough, where the average annual contribution by households earning $500,000 – which, to be fair, is a very small number in Wyoming – landed at $223,438.