Middletown residents give less to charity than most Americans, but more than most Rhode Islanders give, according to a study released this week.
Those making the least amount of money in Middletown give a higher percentage of their income to charlty.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's "How America Gives" study reported that Middletown residents, with a median discretionary income of $55,467, had a median contribution of 3.7 percent, or $2,067, of their income to charity in 2008, the tax year for which data was collected.
On the whole, Middletown residents gave at a higher clip than the state average of 3.1 percent. But the town, Newport County and the state as a whole fall short of the national average of 4.7 percent. (See chart below.)Geographic Area Median Discretionary Income Percentage Donated Dollar Amount Donated
$55,467 3.7 $2,067 Newport County
$47,975 4.2 $2,028 Rhode Island
$53,181 3.1 $1,666 United States $54,783 4.7 $2,564
The study is based on exact dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service that show the value of charitable deductions claimed by American taxpayers in 2008.
The Chronicle’s rankings show the percentage of their income that households donated from the money they had left after paying their taxes and covering housing, food, and other essential expenses.
While The Chronicle used averages to compare towns, readers may also search by income bracket. The study shows that those making the least money in Middletown donated the largest percentage of their income. The tax returns reporting median discretionary income of $50,000 to $99,999 in Middletown gave an average of 4.4 percent, or $1,400. Those making $100,000 to $200,000 gave 3.2 percent ($2,581), and those making more than $200,000 gave 2.8 percent ($7,032).