Study: Most Religious States Give More to Charity
According to a new report released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, charitable contributions are higher in states that have larger populations of religious people, CBN News reports. The report shows that people living in states where religious participation is more widespread give the largest percentage of their discretionary income to charity; states with the lowest religious participation give the least. The most generous state was Utah -- a state with a high density of Mormons -- followed by the Bible Belt states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. The northeastern states of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island gave the least. The study also found that the least religious and least generous states voted Democratic in the 2008 presidential election, while states that gave the most voted Republican.