Southern states, including Arkansas, most generous in country

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    NEW YORK (CNN) - Southern states, including Arkansas, are among the most generous states in the country, when it comes to giving charitable donations. 

    A CNN Money report shows that Utah comes in #1 when it comes to donating money to others. Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina round out the top five, giving between 7.2% and 6.4% of annual discretionary income. Arkansas trails shortly behind at #7, giving 6.3%.

    The stingiest state in the country is New Hampshire, according to the Chronicle. Even though the median discretionary income in New Hampshire is over $59,000 -- one of the highest in the nation -- households in the state only gave 2.5% of that, or $1,500. Residents of Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts all donated less than 3% of discretionary income, while Rhode Islanders gave 3.1%.

    Overall, residents of Southern states donated about 5.2% of discretionary income to charity, compared to 4% in the Northeast. Excluding donations to religious charities, Northeasterners outpace Southerners, giving 1.4% of discretionary income to secular charities like the American Red Cross and AmeriCares, compared with 0.9% from their neighbors to the South.

    To read more about the America's giving habits and to see how individual states rank, click here: http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/12/pf/charitable-states/index.html

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