Tis’ the season for giving and a new report by the financial website WalletHub shows that folks in Nebraska are a generous group. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says they conducted a survey of the nation’s largest cities and Lincoln and Omaha ranks high.
WalletHub looked at 40 indicators to determine the rankings. That included volunteering, homeless shelters, child poverty rate, and the number of social workers, paramedics, police officers and firefighters per capita.
The report shows that Lincoln came in 3rd best among the 100 cities surveyed. Lincoln came in 12th best when it comes to caring for the community, 11th best for the number of volunteers and 14th for population working in social services and public service. Omaha came in 4th best for sheltering of the homeless population, 18th for volunteering and 26th for teachers caring for student’s well-being. Both cities also ranked high in caring for the environment and caring for the vulnerable.
The top two cities that beat Lincoln out of first place were Madison, Wisconsin and New York City.
Gonzalez says Omaha could do better in a few categories. She says, “Overall, when it comes to things like favors for neighbors and food and clothing distribution, in particular, those numbers could be higher.”
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