WalletHub compiled the data to rank the states based on how charitable their residents are. The site looked at variables like Volunteer Rates, Percentage of Donated Income, Food Collection/Distribution, Number of Charities, and more.

They also broke things down into two larger categories: "Volunteering & Service" and "Charitable Giving", and combined those into a weighted final result. The highest score? Minnesota, coming in at 1st for "Volunteering & Service" and 4th for "Charitable Giving."

New Jersey came in tied with Oklahoma at 18th. I'm not entirely sure how NJ landed at 18, considering we finished 25th for "Volunteering & Service" and 22nd for "Charitable Giving" - I don't get how 25 and 22 average out to 18, but I guess WalletHub has some deeper numbers they can crunch.

Source: WalletHub

I may be a bit biased, but seeing as how we raise over $105,700 for Ocean of Love every year, I tend to think that we are a pretty generous and giving community and should be ranked higher. Maybe the numbers here in Ocean County don't reflect as well across the rest of the state. We appreciate all your donations, so let's keep showing them just how generous NJ can be!

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