Scottsdale: A Community That Cares

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Posted on June 11, 2018 by Laura Lucky

It’s safe to say that our Scottsdale has a lot going for it: scenic landscapes, beautifully designed neighborhoods and homes, an abundance of culture and recreation, and a spirit of giving among its residents. Whether it’s showing kindness to the disadvantaged, giving charitable donations, or jumping in to help a friend in need; caring for each other and our community runs deep through the veins of Scottsdale’s residents.

Not surprisingly, personal finance website WalletHub has ranked Scottsdale as one of the “Most Caring Cities in America.” The 100 most populous cities were scored according to dozens of key indicators determined to demonstrate a compassionate spirit. The data sets took into account factors such as sheltering homeless persons, share of income donated to charity and number of volunteer hours per capita.

WalletHub explains their methodology for the study. “In order to determine the most caring cities in America, WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across three key dimensions: 1) Caring for the Community, 2) Caring for the Vulnerable and 3) Caring in the Workforce.

“We then evaluated those dimensions using 36 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the highest level of caring. Finally, we determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its total score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.”

Some of those 36 metrics included items such as civic engagement, care for the environment, child poverty rate, availability of paid family leave, pet shelters per capita, mental-health counselors per capita, and disability-friendliness of employers.

Scottsdale ranked 17th out of 100, with a total score of 59.25. The top-ranking city was Madison, Wisconsin with a total score of 68.13. Scottsdale ranked as No. 1 in “Caring for the Vulnerable,” No. 48 in “Caring for the Community,” and No. 73 in “Caring in the Workforce.”

We’d like to congratulate our fellow Scottsdale residents for their kindness and empathy and helping to make the West’s Most Western Town a friendly place for residents and visitors alike!

For the full study and rankings, visit

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