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Better to give: St. Louis high on generous-cities list

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We give and we give and this is the thanks we get: a No. 12 ranking on a list of "Most Generous Cities."

And that's not too shabby, since the survey looked at the largest 130 cities in the U.S., which means we cracked the top 10%.

A total of 13 factors were examined by Lawnstarter and placed into two general "generosity" categories — individual and community.

Union worker volunteers as Salvation Army bell ringer

Volunteer Salvation Army bell ringer Christopher Simonds, part of Painters' District Council No. 2 for painters and glaziers, greets 5-year-old Elijah Thompson as he donates extra change on Saturday morning, Dec. 11, 2010, at the Schnucks grocery store on Loughborough Avenue in south St. Louis City. Erik M. Lunsford elunsford@post-dispatch.com

We were No. 7 in the community sector, which looked at things such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks. (We were No. 2 when it came to food banks per capita.)

In the individual section, which focused on volunteer work and charitable giving, we were No. 25.

Of our major neighbors, we were bested by Indianapolis (8) and Chicago (10), but finished ahead of Cincinnati (15), Kansas City (25), Memphis, Tennessee (36), Nashville, Tennessee (43), and Louisville, Kentucky (46).

The most generous city was Minneapolis; the least, Hialeah, Florida.

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