San Diego #1 In The Nation for Volunteering

WalletHub Study Puts San Diego in Top 15 Most Caring Cities

December 18, 2017

As Christmas approaches, San Diego can be proud of the fact that it places very high on the list of U.S. cities that are most caring, and in fact ranks #1 in cities where the people volunteer the most hours.  The ranking comes from a recent WalletHub study.

The city's penchant for charitable giving was demonstrated recently as Entercom San Diego stations hosted radiothons where San Diego listeners opened their hearts and wallets to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego reach fundraising levels of $246,430 and $227,243 respectively.

In order to identify the most compassionate places in America, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 36 key metrics. The data set ranges from homelessness rate to percentage of income donated to charity to special-education teachers per capita.

You can see the full report on the study here.

Here's a quick look at how San Diego ranks on various aspects of the study (1 = Most Caring, 50 = Average)

  • 28th – % of Population Doing Favors for Neighbors
  • 1st – Volunteering Hours per Capita
  • 20th – Child Poverty Rate
  • 10th – Property Crime Rate
  • 36th – Alcohol-Impaired Fatalities per Capita

Here's how the Top 15 cities stack up in the study:

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Virginia Beach, VA
  3. Lincoln, NE
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Jersey City, NJ
  6. Pittsburgh, PA
  7. Chesapeake, VA
  8. Fremont, CA
  9. St. Paul, MN
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. San Francisco, CA
  12. San Diego, CA
  13. Colorado Springs, CO
  14. San Jose, CA

Chicago, IL

WalletHub's study found that Americans donated over $390 Billion in 2016.  We can be proud of the fact that San Diego was responsible for a good portion of that.

And proud not only of dollars donated, but of the number of hours volunteered.