A new report ranks Kent County among the most philanthropic places in Michigan.
SmartAsset last month published a ranking of the “Most Generous Counties” in Michigan in 2019, and Kent County ranks No. 6.
The full SmartAsset study is online.
To determine the most generous places, SmartAsset looked at two factors using data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the proportion of people in a given county who made charitable donations.
To determine the amount of money people donate as a percentage of their income, SmartAsset calculated the net income of all people in each county using tax return data that accounted for federal, state and local taxes paid.
The report also accounted for deductible entries, including mortgage interest, mortgage points and mortgage insurance payments.
Each county’s total charitable donations was then divided by its total net income to show how much county residents donated relative to their income.
SmartAsset then took the total number of tax returns with charitable contributions and divided them by the number of total tax returns for each county, which resulted in the proportion of people in each county who make charitable donations.
The two factors were then indexed and equally weighted to yield the most charitable places index.
Top 10 most generous counties in Michigan
- Oakland: donation index of 23.5; contributor index of 69.7; most generous places index of 57.5
- Ottawa: 36; 55.4; 56.4
- Leelanau: 30; 60.7; 55.9
- Washtenaw: 25.7; 63.4; 54.9
- Livingston: 18.7; 68.4; 53.8
- Kent: 30.7; 47.7; 48.4
- Clinton: 19.7; 52.8; 44.7
- Midland: 21.2; 50.3; 44.1
- Macomb: 17.6; 52.2; 43
- Allegan: 26.3; 43.2; 42.8