The percentage of their income Portsmouth residents give to charity is less than the county, but equal to the state's percentage, according to a study released today.
However, those making between $50,000 to $99,999 annually in Portsmouth gave the most, percentage-wise.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's "How America Gives" study reported that Portsmouth residents, with a median discretionary income of $65,463, had a median contribution of 3.1 percent, or $2,044, of their income to charity in 2008, the tax year for which data was collected.
By way of comparison, the state and country's median contribution was 3.1 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. (See chart below.)Geographic Area Median Discretionary Income Percentage Donated Dollar Amount Donated
3.1 $2,044 Newport County $47,975
Rhode Island $53,181
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.