Go Local Worcester loves to rank cities and towns. In their most recent ranking, Southborough came out on top.
This time, the ranking was by most charitable. The data dates back a couple years. It’s based on a report of charitible deductions made by Worcester County residents for 2012.
In total deductions, our town ranked 2nd, behind Worcester, with $21,952,000. But by percentage of income, Southborough ranked #1.
Go Local Worcester reports:
Southborough’s giving ratio, the percentage of median income given to charity, was 2.51% of a median income of $225,272. The median contribution of Southborough residents was $5,737.
Behind Southborough were the towns of Shrewsbury ($19.2 million), Westborough ($10.9 million), Northborough ($10.2 million), and the city of Leominster ($11.3 million)*
The distinction is tempered a bit by learning that we’re first in a county that was sadly ranked 2nd from the bottom for the state:
Of the 14 counties in Massachusetts, Worcester County lags behind in both charitable deductions and total giving ratio. Worcester is second to last (only in front of Bristol County) in giving ratio at 1.73% of median income of individuals. Worcester County is 5th in the state in charitable deductions behind Middlesex County ($1.5 billion), Norfolk County ($869.4 million), Suffolk County ($824.7 million) and Essex County ($415.2 million).
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*That referred to total giving. Ranking by % of income showed Leominster at #10. Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough weren’t ranked in the list which stopped at 25. Whitinsville and West Boylston came in 2nd and 3rd.