With the holidays reminding Americans to look out for one another through acts of kindness like charitable giving  – Americans donated over $390 billion in 2016 – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Most Caring Cities in America.

In order to identify the most compassionate places in America, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 36 key metrics. The data set ranges from homelessness rate to percentage of income donated to charity to special-education teachers per capita.

Most Caring Cities in America
1 Madison, WI 11 San Francisco, CA
2 Virginia Beach, VA 12 San Diego, CA
3 Lincoln, NE 13 Colorado Springs, CO
4 Boston, MA 14 San Jose, CA
5 Jersey City, NJ 15 Chicago, IL
6 Pittsburgh, PA 16 Portland, OR
7 Chesapeake, VA 17 Scottsdale, AZ
8 Fremont, CA 18 Plano, TX
9 St. Paul, MN 19 Irvine, CA
10 Seattle, WA 20 Minneapolis, MN

Key Stats

  • Memphis, Tennessee, has the highest share of income donated to charity, 5.41 percent, which is 2.8 times higher than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the lowest at 1.92 percent.
  • Chula Vista and San Diego, California, have the most volunteer hours per capita, 56.99, which is 3.1 times more than in Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas, Nevada, the cities with the fewest at 18.51.
  • Milwaukee has the highest share of residents who do favors for their neighbors, 20.29 percent, which is 3.9 times higher than in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and Scottsdale, Arizona, the cities with the lowest at 5.22 percent.
  • Buffalo, New York, has the highest share of sheltered homeless persons, 98.05 percent, which is 4.1 times higher than in Fresno, California, the city with the lowest at 24.16 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest child-poverty rate, 4.8 percent, which is 11.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 56.2 percent.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, has the most residents who work in community and social services per 100,000 residents, 1,201, which is 3.4 times more than in Houston, the city with the fewest at 353.

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POSTED: 12/18/17 at 10:17 am. FILED UNDER: News