Rich People + More Rich People = Less Giving

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Charitable America


Here's another way the rich are different from you and me: they give proportionately less to charity. Especially when they live in neighborhoods full of other rich people. That's just one of the diverting fiscal facts laid out in an engrossing online project by The Chronicle of Philanthropy on giving in America. As the authors put it,

"The Chronicle’s study found that when wealthy people are heavily clustered in a neighborhood—meaning that when households making more than $200,000 a year account for more than 40 percent of the taxpayers—the affluent households give an average of only 2.8 percent of discretionary income to charity."

That's about half the national average.

A deeply detailed interactive map lets you go much deeper, to find giving patterns by state, city and zip code. So it's not only rich people—you can also feel superior to, or embarrassed by, your neighbors!