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Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income


Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income

What does this measure?

Contributions to charitable organizations, measured as a percentage of income.

Why is this important?

Charitable giving supports a wide variety of organizations, including those that provide essential services to the community and people in need. The level of giving shows residents' willingness to invest in programs and organizations serving the community.

How is our county doing?

In 2016, Essex County residents contributed just under $480 million - or 1.4%, of their income - to charitable organizations, an overall decline since 2014 when contributions were $514 million. This is also less than state and national charitable donation rates of 2.0% and 2.3%, respectively.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County had the lowest contribution rate among comparison counties in 2016, as Westchester, NY, Lake County, IL and Middlesex, MA all had rates around 2.4%. Each comparison county increased since 2011 in the percentage of income that was donated to charity, but Middlesex has increased the total dollar amount contributed by 21% since 2011.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. Comparable data for some years was not available. These figures reflect contributions listed on tax returns with itemized deductions, which researchers estimate cover about 80% of all charitable giving nationally. No county or state data are available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
201120122013201420152016
Essex County, MA1.5%1.5%1.5%1.6%1.3%1.4%
Middlesex County, MA1.9%2.1%2.2%2.1%2.1%2.3%
Lake County, IL2.2%2.5%2.1%2.3%2.1%2.4%
Westchester County, NY2.2%2.3%2.2%2.1%2.1%2.5%
Massachusetts1.7%1.9%1.9%1.9%1.8%2.0%
United States2.1%2.1%2.1%2.1%2.2%2.3%

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Charitable Giving
201120122013201420152016
Essex County, MA$437,429,013$443,378,792$442,613,758$514,504,950$449,278,939$478,630,843
Middlesex County, MA$1,475,108,293$1,696,466,900$1,796,970,756$1,847,316,994$1,903,884,230$2,077,751,167
Lake County, IL$713,186,425$922,697,001$740,689,450$834,461,638$849,842,479$917,891,455
Westchester County, NY$1,386,154,641$1,601,754,797$1,450,833,205$1,502,293,944$1,586,988,521$1,759,866,353
Massachusetts$4,537,583,233$5,192,967,674$5,353,561,923$5,700,833,339$5,694,125,283$6,221,498,297
United States$189,125,193,839$205,330,754,059$203,134,696,291$213,733,603,512$224,659,802,564$235,403,710,250

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Maintaining
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining