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Study: Richland County is fifth-most generous in state

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Richland County ranks as the state’s fifth-most generous when it comes to charitable giving, according to a new study by financial technology company SmartAsset.

The study measured the percentage of net income donated as well as the proportion of taxpayers in a county who gave money to nonprofits in 2016.

In Richland County, 55.3% of the population gave 36.1% of its net income for an overall index score of 53.5%.

Beaufort County ranked as the state’s most charitable, with 66.6% of its population giving 32.8% of its net income for an index of 58.2%.

Greenville ranked second (54.8%) and Charleston third (54.5%).

The study used tax return data to calculate net income and total number of tax returns with charitable donations to determine population percentages.

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