The Chronicle of Philanthropy just released a study, comparing the charitable contributions of Americans, by ZIP code.
At first glance, the Park Cities are among the most charitable of all American municipalities:
75225: Gave an average of $25,764/household, or $165 million, collectively, good for 13th out of 28,725 ZIP codes
75205: Gave an average of $26,029/ household, or $130 million, collectively, good for 25th out of 28,725 ZIP codes
Incredible, right? Two of the most charitable ZIP codes in the country, right here in Dallas. Let’s delve a little deeper, though. You can also sort the results by percent of income given:
75225: Gave an average of 6.8 percent of its income, good for 4,467th out of 28,725 ZIP codes
75205: Gave an average of 6.4 percent of its income, good for 5,484th out of 28,725 ZIP codes
The nationwide average was 6 percent.
So, yes, the Park Cities deserve to be lauded for their giving; it’s more than virtually any other community in the country. But there are thousands of communities that donate a higher percentage of their incomes.