MONROE — Union County is one of the most generous counties in the state of North Carolina, based on a report compiled by SmartAsset, which reports using data from the Internal Revenue Service.

Union County ranked third out of 100 counties in the state with a Charitable County Index score of 42.64; only Chatham County (45.0) and Orange County (43.54) had higher scores.

The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the proportion of people in each county who make charitable donations. The study showed Union County residents contribute 2.0% of their income to charity, which ranks fourth among the counties that made the top 10. The average% of annual charitable giving across North Carolina is 1.24%, according to the study.

Mecklenburg County ranked fourth in charitable giving in the study, followed by Wake, Durham, Polk, Watauga, Moore and Iredell counties.

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