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Utah takes top 3 most charitable cities in US

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SALT LAKE CITY — After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday – and Utah has some of the most charitable cities in the entire country.

According to, the day was created in 2012 to donate to charity. While the date changes year-to-year, the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they say,¬† is a “global generosity movement [that] unleash[es] the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”

A new study from SmartAsset that looked at 200 areas around the country shows the top 3 most charitable cities in the country are in Utah. Little surprise, they say, because Utah as a state ranks number one in the country for volunteering.

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The Provo-Orem metro area ranked number one, leading the study for residents giving the highest in terms of a percentage of their income. Residents in the area averaged 6.91% of their income going to charity. The average charitable contribution for those in the area is $13,125.

Coming in second on the list is the Ogden-Clearfield Metro area, which ranked fourth-highest for charitable contributions as a percentage of the average income, at 4.71%. They also rank in the top 10 for average charitable contributions at $9,219. The area tied with Provo and Orem for time spent volunteering at 116 hours a year.

Rounding out the top 3 most charitable cities in the nation is Salt Lake City. Utah’s capital city had the fifth-highest charitable¬†contributions as a percentage of the average income, at 4.09%. It also came in as the seventh-highest rate with an average charitable contribution at $9,274.