Mississippi, a Bible-belt state, ranked third in philanthropic giving, another example of the relationship between giving and religion.
The state had an estimated median contribution of $3,998 with a giving percentage of 7.2 percent of income. The estimated median discretionary income was $55,264.
When giving to churches is removed from the analysis, the state philanthropic rankings change dramatically.
This is most stark in New England, where religious participation is lower than in many other parts of the country, and the Northeast. When religious giving is removed, New York State ranked number 18 overall, moves up to number two. Pennsylvania, number 40 when giving to religious institutions is included, ranks fourth for giving go other charitable institutions.