Maryland is the second most charitable state in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St. The Old Line State was bested only by Utah when it comes to charitable donations.
Urban Institute’s methodology was used to determine the most charitable states with data collected by the IRS, ranking each state by average charitable donation per taxpayer. The number is calculated by dividing the total number of taxpayers in each state by the total charitable donations listed in itemized deductions for taxpayers.
Charitable donation per taxpayer: $1,661
Taxpayers who donate to charity: 40.8% (the highest)
Average income per taxpayer: $66,614 (4th highest)
Pct. of households earning $200,000 or more: 7.4% (3rd highest)
Said 24/7 Wall St:
Like Connecticut, Maryland is in extremely good economic shape. The state has the third-lowest poverty rate in the U.S., as well as the third-highest percentage of families that earn at least $200,000 per year. Average income per taxpayer in 2009 was $66,614, the fourth-highest rate in the U.S., and the average taxpayer gave $1,661 to charity in the same year.