The percentage of their income Framingham residents give to charity is less than the national average, according to a study released Monday.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's "How America Gives" study reported that Framingham residents living in the 01701 zip code, with a median income of $63,184 had a median contribution of 2.8 percent, or $1,779, of their income to charity in 2008, the tax year for which data was collected. This was more than the average for Massachusetts but less than the national average. Total contributions overall were $15.9 million.
The study reported that Framingham residents living in the 01702 zip code, with a median income of $48,323, had a median contribution of 3.1 percent, or $1,483, of their income to charity in 2008, the tax year for which data was collected. This was both less than the Massachusetts and less than the national average. Total contributions overall were $6.7 million.
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By way of comparison, the state and country's median contribution was 2.8 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. (See chart below.)Geographic Area Median Income Percent to Charity Dollar Amount to Charity Framingham 01701
$63,184 2.8 $1,779 Framingham 01702
$48,323 3.1 $1,483 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.