It turns out that despite having a significantly higher average household income than St. Louis -- $103,736 to our $88,212 -- Chicagoans are stingy bastards. They give away just 2.9 percent of their income to charity. And only 17.7 percent of them volunteer their time for anything!
Per the Daily Beast's ratings, Seattle was the most charitable city in the country, but that's based on some cockeyed formula where foundation giving outranks stuff like individual efforts. (Whaddaya want to bet, Bill Gates single-handedly is making that city look better than it is?) We're really more interested in the details, which show us that Miami had the lowest percentage of volunteers in all the cities surveyed -- just 12.1 percent.
As for the highest percentage of volunteers, that's Portland, Oregon, with 28 percent. Something for us to aspire to for next year's list!
As for Chicago, well, they can just aspire to be more like us.