Hunterdon County is the 30th "most generous" county in the United States in terms of charitable donations, and the most generous in the Garden State, according to newly released rankings from a personal finance company.

A few counties in the Garden State aren't too far behind, while others trail by a lot.

New York-based SmartAsset based its rankings on two statistics gathered from IRS data: how much residents are donating as a percentage of their net income, and the proportion of people in a given county who made any charitable donations at all.

"Overall, New Jersey counties did rank very well when it came to their nationwide rankings," said AJ Smith, vice president of financial education at SmartAsset.

The company ranked more than 3,000 counties nationwide. All 21 New Jersey counties ranked among the top half.

At No. 1 in New Jersey, Hunterdon County posted the nation's best "contributor index" — the rate of residents who actually practice charitable giving.

The most generous counties in New Jersey also were the wealthiest.

Charitable counties, from most to least (SmartAsset):

  1. Hunterdon County
  2. Morris County
  3. Somerset County
  4. Monmouth County
  5. Bergen County
  6. Sussex County
  7. Gloucester County
  8. Ocean County
  9. Burlington County
  10. Mercer County
  11. Middlesex County
  12. Union County
  13. Warren County
  14. Camden County
  15. Essex County
  16. Cape May County
  17. Atlantic County
  18. Salem County
  19. Passaic County
  20. Cumberland County
  21. Hudson County

An analysis released earlier this year by SmartAsset determined the same top six counties, with Morris at No. 1 and Hunterdon at No. 2, are the most "paycheck friendly" in the state.

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