POSTED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 6:04pm
Louisiana (NBC33) — This may or may not come as a surprise, but Louisiana residents are some of the most generous in the country.
According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, people here give more than 5 percent of their income to charity; however, on a pure dollar amount, Louisiana ranks ninth, with the typical household donating more than $3,000 a year.
Some local non-profit workers believe our state gives so much because others have been good to us during our times of need.
"When we saw Hurricane Sandy hit that shore, we had a lot of companies here that wanted to help, whether they had offices in that area or not”, stated Leila Blumberg with the American Red Cross. “Our community knew what they were going through."
Utah ranked first, with people there giving more than 10 percent of their incomes to charity, followed by several southern states.
It's similar to the rankings of the most religious states.