The percentage of their income Braintree residents give to charity is less than the state and country averages, according to a study released recently.
However, those making the least amount of money in Braintree give the most, percentage-wise.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's "How America Gives" study reported that Braintree residents, with a median discretionary income of $58,007, had a median contribution of 2.6 percent, or $1,498, 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 contributions were 2.8 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. (See chart below.)Geographic Area Median Discretionary Income Percentage Donated Dollar Amount Donated
Braintree $58,007 2.6 $1,498
Massachusetts $58,099 2.8 $1,652
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.
While The Chronicle used averages to compare towns, readers may also search by income bracket. The study shows that those making the least money in Braintree donated the largest percentage of their income. The tax returns reporting median discretionary income of $50,000 to $99,999 in Braintree gave an average of 4.2 percent, or $1,261.
Those making $100,000-$199,999 reportedly gave 2.2 percent and those more than $200,000 gave 2.5 percent.