ALBANY, Ga. (AP) -- A report from a national philanthropy journal ranks Albany as the most generous community in Georgia when it comes to charitable giving.
The Albany Herald reports that only seven communities in the U.S. gave more than Albany's median 8.4 percent of discretionary income.
The special report, "How America Gives," ranked the Macon metro area second in percentage of discretionary income given to charities, with 7.7 percent.
The report showed the region of southern states outranking the three other U.S. regions with 5.2 percent of discretionary income donated.
By comparison, the Northeast, Midwest and West gave 4 to 4.5 percent. However, when religious giving is taken from the picture, Southerners drop to the bottom with 0.9 percent versus the best showing of 1.4 percent in the Northeast.