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October 05, 2014

How States Compare and How They Voted in the 2012 Election

This article was updated on March 23, 2016. See our editor’s note.

Giving as a percentage of adjusted gross income ranged from under 2 to more than 6 percent in 2012, with residents of Millard County, Utah, giving the most.

Rank State Rate of giving Most generous county Presidential vote in 2012
1 Utah 6.61% Millard Mitt Romney
2 Miss. 5.04% Noxubee Mitt Romney
3 Ala. 4.87% Perry Mitt Romney
4 Tenn. 4.63% Obion Mitt Romney
5 Okla. 4.46% Cimarron Mitt Romney
6 Ga. 4.31% Floyd Mitt Romney
7 Idaho 4.20% Madison Mitt Romney
8 S.C. 4.16% Hampton Mitt Romney
9 Ark. 4.14% Dallas Mitt Romney
10 D.C. 4.00% District of Columbia Barack Obama
11 N.C. 3.79% Anson Mitt Romney
12 Nebr. 3.67% Perkins Mitt Romney
13 Tex. 3.59% Lipscomb Mitt Romney
14 Kans. 3.57% Chase Mitt Romney
15 Ky. 3.46% Carlisle Mitt Romney
16 S.D. 3.45% Jones Mitt Romney
16 Wyo. 3.45% Lincoln Mitt Romney
18 Fla. 3.38% Lafayette Barack Obama
18 Mo. 3.38% Taney Mitt Romney
20 Ind. 3.34% Wells Mitt Romney
20 La. 3.34% Bienville Mitt Romney
22 Md. 3.20% Prince George's Barack Obama
23 Wash. 3.08% Adams Barack Obama
24 Mich. 3.07% Kalamazoo Barack Obama
25 Ariz. 3.06% Graham Mitt Romney
26 Iowa 3.03% Sioux Barack Obama
27 Mont. 3.01% Carter Mitt Romney
28 N.M. 3.00% Roosevelt Barack Obama
29 N.Y. 2.98% New York Barack Obama
30 Nev. 2.92% Lincoln Barack Obama
31 Ore. 2.88% Malheur Barack Obama
32 Colo. 2.87% Cheyenne Barack Obama
33 Va. 2.85% Martinsville City Barack Obama
34 W.Va. 2.83% Mingo Mitt Romney
35 Ohio 2.82% Holmes Barack Obama
36 Ill. 2.80% Pulaski Barack Obama
37 Calif. 2.79% Siskiyou Barack Obama
38 Alaska 2.78% Southeast Fairbanks Mitt Romney
39 Hawaii 2.77% Maui Barack Obama
40 Del. 2.74% Kent Barack Obama
41 Minn. 2.70% Stevens Barack Obama
42 Penn. 2.68% Juniata Barack Obama
43 Conn. 2.58% Fairfield Barack Obama
44 N.D. 2.54% Golden Valley Mitt Romney
45 Wis. 2.52% Door Barack Obama
46 Vt. 2.49% Lamoille Barack Obama
47 Mass. 2.43% Suffolk Barack Obama
48 R.I. 2.20% Bristol Barack Obama
49 Maine 2.13% Lincoln Barack Obama
50 N.J. 2.12% Mercer Barack Obama
51 N.H. 1.85% Grafton Barack Obama

Source: Chronicle analysis of Internal Revenue Service data

 

Editor’s Note: In this and other stories on How America Gives, we used ZIP-code data from the IRS to make comparisons between 2006 and 2012, the only years for which income and charitable donation data were available broken out by income and geography. However, to protect privacy, the IRS suppresses some ZIP-code data when there are fewer than 20 filers in a given income group. As a result, some figures are lower than what they’d otherwise be. The state-level figures reported here have been recalculated to account for this.

Since our original report, we’ve updated our interactive with county-level data for 2012, which do not have any data suppressed. Unfortunately, such data are not available for 2006. 

Many of the figures used in this and other How America Gives stories are based on the original 2006 and 2012 ZIP-code data to make those year-over-year comparisons.

For the latest and most accurate 2012 data, see our interactive.