Most Generous Counties - 2019 Edition Michigan

The below map highlights the places in the U.S. that make the most charitable contributions. The study takes into account charitable contributions as a percentage of net income and the proportion of taxpayers that gave any amount in any given county. Scroll below to view the data and methodology for how the study was researched and compiled.

Methodology

To find the most generous places, we looked at two factors: how much people donate as a percentage of their net income, and the proportion of people in a given county who made charitable donations.

To determine the amount of money that people donate as a percentage of their income, we first calculated the net income of all people in each county. To do this, we looked at tax return data and accounted for federal, state and local taxes paid. We also accounted for deductible entries, including mortgage interest, mortgage points and mortgage insurance payments. We then divided each county's total charitable donations by its total net income to see how much county residents are donating relative to their income.

Next, we took the total number of tax returns with charitable contributions and divided them by the number of total tax returns for each county. This gave us the proportion of people in each county who make charitable donations.

We then indexed and equally weighted the two factors to yield our most charitable places index.

Source: IRS

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