Here Are The Most Generous, Giving Counties In Iowa

We all know how deeply generous Iowans are. We’ll give you the shirt off of our back if you need it more than we do – it’s just how we were raised. In fact, on average, Iowans give more money to charity than people in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Minnesota. According to data compiled by, residents of these 10 counties in Iowa give the highest percentage of their income to charity. They define “giving ratio” as the percentage of adjusted gross income that residents give to charity according to charitable contributions listed on income tax forms. These numbers are based on data from 2012, the most recent year for which information is available.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Were there any surprises here for you? How did your county stack up? See the numbers for the entire state over at