Friday, December 24, 2004
The Catalogue for Philanthropy has ranked the fifty states on their relative generosity, comparing each state's average itemized charitable deductions with its average adjusted gross income (based on 2002 IRS data).
The 50-state ranking has a decided Red State-Blue State flavor: 27 of the 30 "most generous" states are Red States that voted for President Bush (including all 25 of the "most generous" states), while 17 of the 20 "least generous" states are Blue States that voted for Senator Kerry (including all 7 of the "least generous" states):
Note the eerie similarity with the 2004 presidential election map:
For media reports, see
(Thanks to the Tax Guru for the tip.)
For prior Red State-Blue State tax posts, see: