Here Are The Most Caring Cities In America 2019: WalletHub Report

A new study ranked the most caring cities in the United States. Find out which cities made the top 10.

By Gus Saltonstall, Patch Staff
Virginia Beach, Virginia, was ranked as the most caring city in the United States for 2019.
Virginia Beach, Virginia, was ranked as the most caring city in the United States for 2019. (Shutterstock)



With the holiday season fully upon us throughout America, there’s more of an emphasis on caring for the friends, family and strangers in our lives.

The personal finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Most Caring Cities in America.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, ranked as the most caring city in America, according to the good folks at WalletHub, followed by Madison, Wisconsin, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The least caring city in the United States? That dubious honor went to Birmingham, Alabama. The bottom five were rounded out by San Bernardino, California, Laredo, Texas, Houston, Texas, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jacksonville, Florida, finished with the highest percentage of neighbors who do favors for one another. Boston tied with Lincoln, Nebraska, for the most residents working in the community and for social services per capita, and it was in the top five for the most teachers caring for students’ well-being.


The ranking compared the 100 most populated cities in America on 39 relevant metrics of caring, including care for the environment, share of income donated to charity and «disability-friendliness» of employers.

Each relevant metric was then listed with its corresponding weight, and the cities were graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most caring possible city.

Americans donated over $427 billion in 2018, which is a decrease of 1.7 percent from 2017 when adjusted for inflation but still an overall 0.7 percent increase from the previous year, according to Giving USA.

Here are WalletHub’s 25 most caring cities in America:

  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia: 66.48
  2. Madison, Wisconsin: 65.48
  3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 65,36
  4. Lincoln, Nebraska: 64.85
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota: 64.63
  6. St. Paul, Minnesota: 64.63
  7. Fremont, California: 64.61
  8. Chesapeake, Virginia: 64.59
  9. Boston, Massachusetts: 63.89
  10. Scottsdale, Arizona: 63.07
  11. Aurora, Colorado: 61.88
  12. New York, New York: 61.73
  13. Denver, Colorado: 60.87
  14. Plano, Texas: 60.80
  15. Gilbert, Arizona: 60.65
  16. Jersey City, New Jersey: 60.52
  17. Irvine, California: 60.43
  18. Washington D.C.: 60.14
  19. Seattle, Washington: 59.44
  20. Omaha, Nebraska: 59.39
  21. San Francisco, California: 59.27
  22. Portland, Oregon: 58.90
  23. San Jose, California: 58.49
  24. Norfolk, Virginia: 58.22
  25. Chandler, Arizona: 58.07

The full report on caring is available at WalletHub.