The United States has been the most generous country over the last 10 years, according to the lasted World Giving Index, and Minnesota is ranked as the second most charitable state in the country for 2021.

Our friends at WalletHub dove into the study trying to determine which states were the most charitable in the country.

"To determine where the most generous Americans are inspiring others to be more selfless, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 19 key indicators of charitable behavior. The data set ranges from the volunteer rate to the share of income donated to the share of sheltered homeless."


Here is how Minnesota ranked out in some of the key factors that WalletHub used when compared to other states:

  • 13th – Charities per Capita
  • 27th – % of Donated Income
  • 2nd – % of Population Who Donated Time
  • 16th – % of Population Who Donated Money
  • 22nd – % of Population Collecting/Distributing Food
  • 1st – Volunteer Rate
  • 19th – Volunteer Hours per Capita

Utah was ranked first on the list while Maryland was third. According to WalletHub's study, Americans not only dip into their pocketbooks but also volunteer their time.

"Americans do more than just reach in their pockets to help others, though. They also contribute their time — and plenty of it. Over 77 million people volunteer in the U.S., serving a combined total of 6.9 billion hours per year, the equivalent of $167 billion of service."

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down volunteer opportunities, Americans have proven to continue to donate their money. The latest study shows that grantmaking is up 16% in the first four months of 2020, despite the pandemic.

North Dakota was ranked 8th, Wisconsin 18th, South Dakota 20th and Iowa 41st.

You can dive into the full study for yourself on WalletHub's website.


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