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Nevadans are worst in nation at charity, poll says

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Steve Marcus

Entertainer Larry Edwards cheers during the annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in downtown Las Vegas Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Officials said 11, 201 people participated in the event. Proceeds from the event benefit Opportunity Village, an organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

Ebenezer Scrooge might feel at home in Nevada before his Christmas Eve reformation.

In a report on charitable giving, Nevada came in dead last among the 50 states.

Just 24 percent of residents reported donating money to charity and volunteering time to an organization, according to the Gallup poll.

It appears peer pressure isn't much of a factor in charity. Our neighbors in Utah are more charitable, coming in first in the poll, with 48 percent of people donating money and volunteering their time.

But to make the Silver State feel better, if we look at just the individual categories, Nevada isn't quite last in the nation.

Fifty-seven percent of Nevadans reported donating money, a tie with Louisiana and ahead of Kentucky's 56 percent and North Carolina's 55 percent.

As for volunteering time, Nevada was second worst, with 32 percent of people volunteering, ahead of only Kentucky, where 30 percent of people volunteer.

When the two categories are combined, Nevada ties with Kentucky, each with 24 percent of people volunteering and donating.

Just behind Nevada is another neighbor, Arizona, where 26 percent of people volunteer and donate. Joining them in the bottom five are Mississippi (26 percent) and New York (also 26 percent).

At the top of list, behind Utah, are Minnesota (41 percent), Hawaii (39 percent), South Dakota (39 percent) and New Hampshire (38 percent).

Click here to read more about the Gallup poll.

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