Numbers of Nonprofits By Metro Area

Some areas of the country are home to much higher numbers of nonprofits than others.

Governing compiled 2018 IRS data published by the National Center for Charitable Statistics to compute numbers of locally-focused nonprofits by metro area. We excluded groups with narrow interests not specific to communities, such as medical research, and small nonprofits reporting less than $25,000 in gross receipts. (View methodology)

The following metro areas with populations of at least 300,000 have the most such nonprofits per capita:

  • Trenton, NJ: 17.1
  • Madison, WI: 16.6
  • Boulder, CO: 16.5
  • Portland-South Portland, ME: 15.2
  • Anchorage, AK: 14.9
  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: 14.7
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH: 14.1
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY: 14.1
  • Lincoln, NE: 13.9
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: 13.8

In general, areas of the industrial Midwest and northeast tend to have more nonprofits than more recently-developed regions. State capitals also typically have relatively large nonprofit sectors.

Locally-Focused Nonprofits for Metro Areas

Metro Area Locally-Focused Nonprofits Rate Per 10K Population
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19.0
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16.0
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7
Casper, WY 115 14.5
Charleston, WV 301 14.3
Corvallis, OR 131 14.2
Dubuque, IA 137 14.1
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 6,895 14.1
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,246 14.1
Billings, MT 242 14.1
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 382 13.9
Lincoln, NE 465 13.9
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 231 13.8
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,518 13.8
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 606 13.6
Cheyenne, WY 134 13.5
Charlottesville, VA 318 13.5
Santa Rosa, CA 673 13.5
Midland, MI 112 13.5
Lima, OH 138 13.4
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 150 13.4
Wheeling, WV-OH 186 13.3
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 374 13.2
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 8,230 13.2
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 754 13.1
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 632 13.1
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 179 13.1
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,576 13.1
Johnstown, PA 172 13.1
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 852 13.0
Wenatchee, WA 155 12.9
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 2,085 12.9
Rapid City, SD 191 12.8
Pittsburgh, PA 2,982 12.8
Rochester, MN 281 12.8
Ocean City, NJ 118 12.7
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 214 12.7
New Haven-Milford, CT 1,082 12.6
Tallahassee, FL 482 12.5
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 104 12.4
Kingston, NY 220 12.3
Erie, PA 334 12.3
Syracuse, NY 796 12.2
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,432 12.2
Grand Forks, ND-MN 124 12.1
Norwich-New London, CT 318 11.9
Carson City, NV 66 11.9
Topeka, KS 275 11.8
Altoona, PA 144 11.8
Manchester-Nashua, NH 488 11.8
Springfield, MA 741 11.7
Fargo, ND-MN 287 11.7
State College, PA 190 11.7
Bend-Redmond, OR 224 11.7
Bangor, ME 176 11.6
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 118 11.6
Ann Arbor, MI 429 11.6
Binghamton, NY 274 11.4
Sioux Falls, SD 303 11.4
Medford, OR 250 11.4
Grand Island, NE 96 11.3
Decatur, IL 118 11.3
Walla Walla, WA 73 11.2
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 144 11.2
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 101 11.2
Rochester, NY 1,201 11.2
Elmira, NY 94 11.2
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 1,758 11.2
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 120 11.1
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,255 11.1
Williamsport, PA 126 11.1
Bellingham, WA 248 11.0
Sheboygan, WI 126 10.9
Evansville, IN-KY 343 10.9
Terre Haute, IN 184 10.8
Redding, CA 195 10.8
St. Cloud, MN 216 10.8
Peoria, IL 398 10.8
Lexington-Fayette, KY 555 10.7
Harrisonburg, VA 145 10.7
Enid, OK 65 10.7
Iowa City, IA 185 10.7
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 181 10.7
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,643 10.7
Eugene, OR 404 10.6
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 612 10.6
Morgantown, WV 149 10.6
Columbus, OH 2,237 10.6
Eau Claire, WI 179 10.6
Bloomington, IL 200 10.6
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 403 10.6
Winston-Salem, NC 708 10.5
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 180 10.5
Columbus, IN 87 10.5
Cumberland, MD-WV 102 10.4
Toledo, OH 627 10.4
Bay City, MI 108 10.4
Carbondale-Marion, IL 129 10.4
Wausau, WI 140 10.3
Columbia, MO 186 10.3
Ames, IA 101 10.3
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,114 10.3
Fond du Lac, WI 105 10.2
Montgomery, AL 377 10.1
Jackson, MS 586 10.1
Flagstaff, AZ 144 10.1
Asheville, NC 461 10.0
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,926 10.0
Bloomington, IN 167 10.0
Lancaster, PA 539 9.9
Cedar Rapids, IA 270 9.9
Utica-Rome, NY 288 9.9
Lawrence, KS 120 9.9
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,009 9.9
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 152 9.8
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 151 9.8
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,543 9.8
Roanoke, VA 307 9.8
Dayton, OH 788 9.8
Midland, TX 174 9.8
Mansfield, OH 118 9.7
Battle Creek, MI 131 9.7
Albany, OR 124 9.7
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,725 9.7
Pine Bluff, AR 87 9.7
Worcester, MA-CT 918 9.7
Salisbury, MD-DE 397 9.7
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 119 9.7
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 152 9.7
Urban Honolulu, HI 946 9.7
Abilene, TX 165 9.6
Morristown, TN 114 9.6
Salem, OR 415 9.6
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 711 9.6
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 93 9.6
Fort Collins, CO 336 9.6
Hot Springs, AR 95 9.6
Saginaw, MI 182 9.5
Gettysburg, PA 98 9.5
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 273 9.5
Fort Wayne, IN 417 9.5
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 324 9.5
Manhattan, KS 93 9.5
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,222 9.5
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,774 9.5
Champaign-Urbana, IL 226 9.4
Mobile, AL 390 9.4
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 508 9.4
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 303 9.4
Akron, OH 661 9.4
Salinas, CA 408 9.4
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 103 9.4
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 881 9.4
Appleton, WI 222 9.3
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 251 9.3
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 516 9.3
Monroe, LA 164 9.3
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 1,900 9.3
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 528 9.2
Green Bay, WI 296 9.2
Victoria, TX 91 9.1
Rockford, IL 306 9.1
Joplin, MO 162 9.1
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,528 9.0
Canton-Massillon, OH 359 9.0
Muncie, IN 103 9.0
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,791 9.0
Pocatello, ID 78 9.0
Wichita Falls, TX 135 8.9
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 752 8.9
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 954 8.9
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 164 8.9
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,131 8.9
Wilmington, NC 262 8.9
Lewiston, ID-WA 56 8.9
Richmond, VA 1,143 8.8
Grand Junction, CO 134 8.7
Chico, CA 202 8.7
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,888 8.7
Springfield, OH 117 8.7
Gainesville, FL 250 8.7
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 738 8.7
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 230 8.7
Prescott, AZ 201 8.7
Macon-Bibb County, GA 199 8.7
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 230 8.6
Reading, PA 360 8.6
Kankakee, IL 94 8.5
San Angelo, TX 102 8.5
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,089 8.5
Kokomo, IN 70 8.5
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,850 8.4
Racine, WI 166 8.4
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,629 8.4
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 183 8.4
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,799 8.4
Rome, GA 82 8.4
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 98 8.4
Farmington, NM 104 8.3
Lynchburg, VA 219 8.3
St. Joseph, MO-KS 105 8.3
Lebanon, PA 117 8.3
Albuquerque, NM 756 8.3
Reno, NV 387 8.2
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 124 8.2
Winchester, VA-WV 114 8.2
Raleigh, NC 1,110 8.1
Owensboro, KY 97 8.1
Columbia, SC 678 8.1
Athens-Clarke County, GA 172 8.1
Grants Pass, OR 71 8.1
Tyler, TX 187 8.1
Brunswick, GA 96 8.1
Janesville-Beloit, WI 132 8.1
Longview, WA 88 8.1
Jackson, MI 128 8.1
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,045 8.1
Waco, TX 217 8.0
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 164 8.0
Johnson City, TN 161 7.9
Pueblo, CO 132 7.9
York-Hanover, PA 353 7.9
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 277 7.9
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 174 7.8
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 902 7.8
Danville, IL 60 7.8
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,564 7.7
Baton Rouge, LA 635 7.6
Oklahoma City, OK 1,066 7.6
Amarillo, TX 203 7.6
Greensboro-High Point, NC 585 7.6
Boise City, ID 556 7.6
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 288 7.6
Albany, GA 116 7.6
Coeur d'Alene, ID 122 7.6
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 620 7.5
Twin Falls, ID 83 7.5
Gadsden, AL 77 7.5
Longview, TX 164 7.5
Chattanooga, TN-GA 419 7.5
Knoxville, TN 655 7.4
Idaho Falls, ID 110 7.4
Wichita, KS 476 7.4
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,794 7.4
Colorado Springs, CO 543 7.3
Lubbock, TX 234 7.3
Yakima, WA 182 7.2
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 568 7.2
Springfield, MO 333 7.1
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 218 7.1
Bowling Green, KY 126 7.1
Muskegon, MI 123 7.1
East Stroudsburg, PA 120 7.1
Tulsa, OK 703 7.1
Salt Lake City, UT 864 7.1
Savannah, GA 275 7.1
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 3,044 7.0
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 305 7.0
Jackson, TN 90 7.0
Kennewick-Richland, WA 204 6.9
Florence, SC 141 6.9
Sherman-Denison, TX 92 6.9
Lake Charles, LA 144 6.9
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 305 6.8
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 922 6.8
College Station-Bryan, TX 178 6.8
Sumter, SC 72 6.8
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,991 6.7
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 85 6.7
Dothan, AL 99 6.7
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 270 6.6
Hattiesburg, MS 98 6.6
Fort Smith, AR-OK 185 6.6
Tucson, AZ 678 6.5
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 74 6.5
Flint, MI 263 6.5
Yuba City, CA 113 6.5
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 583 6.4
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 318 6.4
Corpus Christi, TX 291 6.4
Alexandria, LA 98 6.4
Greenville, NC 114 6.3
Lafayette, LA 309 6.3
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,081 6.3
Jacksonville, FL 958 6.2
Rocky Mount, NC 91 6.2
Beckley, WV 73 6.2
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 173 6.2
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 129 6.2
Madera, CA 97 6.2
Fresno, CA 610 6.1
California-Lexington Park, MD 69 6.1
Monroe, MI 92 6.1
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 224 6.1
Las Cruces, NM 132 6.1
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,558 6.1
Texarkana, TX-AR 91 6.1
Dover, DE 108 6.0
Huntsville, AL 279 6.0
Greeley, CO 189 6.0
Goldsboro, NC 74 6.0
Tuscaloosa, AL 146 6.0
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 361 6.0
Visalia-Porterville, CA 277 5.9
New Bern, NC 74 5.9
Cleveland, TN 73 5.9
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 86 5.8
Homosassa Springs, FL 86 5.8
Jonesboro, AR 77 5.8
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 125 5.7
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,795 5.7
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,281 5.7
Panama City, FL 114 5.7
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 427 5.7
Burlington, NC 94 5.6
Columbus, GA-AL 171 5.6
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 307 5.6
Gainesville, GA 113 5.6
Modesto, CA 305 5.5
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 220 5.5
Decatur, AL 84 5.5
Punta Gorda, FL 102 5.5
Spartanburg, SC 188 5.5
Sebring, FL 58 5.5
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,407 5.5
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 83 5.5
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 84 5.5
Valdosta, GA 80 5.5
Stockton-Lodi, CA 411 5.5
Logan, UT-ID 76 5.4
Port St. Lucie, FL 260 5.4
Dalton, GA 77 5.3
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 315 5.3
Auburn-Opelika, AL 85 5.2
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,326 5.2
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,273 5.1
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,515 5.0
Odessa, TX 81 5.0
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 329 5.0
Bakersfield, CA 445 5.0
Hammond, LA 66 4.9
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,384 4.9
El Centro, CA 89 4.9
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 223 4.6
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 328 4.6
Killeen-Temple, TX 207 4.6
Clarksville, TN-KY 133 4.6
Merced, CA 122 4.4
Warner Robins, GA 85 4.4
St. George, UT 74 4.3
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,941 4.2
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 269 4.0
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 83 4.0
Yuma, AZ 81 3.8
Ocala, FL 137 3.8
Lawton, OK 48 3.8
Fayetteville, NC 143 3.7
Provo-Orem, UT 209 3.3
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 138 3.3
Hinesville, GA 26 3.2
El Paso, TX 271 3.2
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 705 3.2
Jacksonville, NC 62 3.1
Laredo, TX 80 2.9
The Villages, FL 34 2.6
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 204 2.4

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SOURCE: Governing analysis of data published by National Center for Charitable Statistics, 2018 IRS Business Master Files

About the Data

Data reflects nonprofits aimed at serving communities and local areas. Nonprofits serving primarily support functions to other organizations were excluded from our analysis as well as those classified with the following IRS activity codes: Animal-related, nursing facilities and nursing-related, health associations and medical disciplines, medical research, homeowners and tenants associations, student services, amateur sports and pro athletic leagues, international/foreign affairs/national security, science and technology, social science, military, fire prevention, consumer protection, religion-related, private and corporate foundations, named trusts, mutual and membership benefit. Organizations not filing with the IRS the past two years and those reporting less than $25,000 in gross receipts are also excluded.