Most Generous U.S. Cities, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles (Photos)

The Daily Beast’s list of U.S. cities, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, that are most generous during the holidays.

Most Generous Cities, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles

Amid the nation’s continuing economic woes, there remain some  bright spots as far as consumer spending. According to the National Retail Federation, holiday retail sales are projected to increase 2.8 percent this year, for a total of $465 billion in November and December.  And according to the Atlas of Giving, charitable giving is expected to rise 6.5 percent this year, compared with 2010.

To figure out which cities are leading the increase, The Daily Beast analyzed city-by-city data on consumer spending and charitable contributions. Using aggregated and anonymous data provided by Bundle, a leading provider of information on consumer spending habits, we included the average transaction amount for the largest 100 American cities on toys and hobbies, electronics, jewelry and charitable donations between Nov. 25 and Dec. 25, 2010.

To rank the cities, we looked at how much the average transaction increased during the holidays, compared with spending from Jan. 1 to Nov. 25 (according to data provided by Bundle). We also compared the average holiday spend in each city to the area’s mean annual wage for 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to get an idea of which residents are spending the greatest percentage of their income (rather than just the greatest amount of money).  Each of the following was weighted 25 percent: increase in spending on consumer goods during the holidays, holiday consumer goods spending as a percentage of mean annual wage, increase in charitable giving during the holidays, and holiday charitable giving as a percentage of mean annual wage.

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20. St. Paul, Minn.

Mean annual wage: $49,140
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $71.82
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $174.23
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: n/a
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 24.9%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 5
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $87.01
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 12.5%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 28

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19. Las Vegas, Nev.

Mean annual wage: $40,740
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $86.18
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $195.37
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: n/a
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 15.8%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 13
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $129.91
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 6.3%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 20

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18. San Antonio, Texas

Mean annual wage: $39,410
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $87.75
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $190.43
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $328.33
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 9.5%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 26
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $121.17
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared to rest of year: -14.4%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 6

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17. Cincinnati, Ohio

Mean annual wage: $42,640
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $69.05
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $175.71
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: n/a
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 19.7%
Rank in consumer spending compared to mean annual salary: 6
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $102.05
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 17.4%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary
: 23

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16. Philadelphia, Pa.

Mean annual wage: $49,280
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $77.63
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $170.61
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $290.97
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 4.1%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 11
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $105.71
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 20.1%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 18

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15. Washington, D.C.

Mean annual wage: $62,300
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $85.01
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $206.60
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $433.02
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 8.9%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 14
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $137.69
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 12.5%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 15

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14. New York, N.Y.

Mean annual wage: $57,170
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $121.88
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $221.25
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $488.74
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: -2.1%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 21
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $166.58
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 9.5%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 8

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13. Chicago, Ill.

Mean annual wage: $49,140
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $85.55
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $199.01
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $443.94
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 2.4%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 22
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $149.79
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 0.7%
Rank in charitable donation compared to mean annual salary: 7

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12. Raleigh, N.C.

Mean annual wage: $44,810
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $75.39
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $179.84
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $358.17
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 3.3%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 17
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $123.70
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 14.0%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 11

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11. Miami, Fla.

Mean annual wage: $42,040
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $111.08
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $259.95
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $396.53
Change in holiday spend compared twith rest of year: -2.3%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 25
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $158.53
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 1.0%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 3

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10. Denver, Colo.

Mean annual wage: $49,440
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $75.90
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $156.64
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: n/a
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 10.3%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 1
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $124.27
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 46.4%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 25

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9. San Diego, Calif.

Mean annual wage: $50,200
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $83.41
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $233.95
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $391.52
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 12.5%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 15
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $135.00
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared to rest of year: 7.8%
Rank in charitable donation compared to mean annual salary: 10

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8. Portland, Ore.

Mean annual wage: $46,970
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $61.13
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $215.37
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: n/a
Change in holiday spend compared to rest of year: 16.6%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 2
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $112.18
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 23.3%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 22

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7. Tucson, Ariz.

Mean annual wage: $42,160
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $77.39
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $155.75
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: n/a
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 5.4%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 3
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $144.06
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 33.2%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 21

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6. Fort Worth, Texas

Mean annual wage: $42,350
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $87.28
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $221.95
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $367.81
Change in holiday spend compared twith rest of year: 6.5%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 19
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $176.05
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 7.4%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 4

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5. Arlington, Texas

Mean annual wage: $42,350
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $73.90
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $238.60
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $387.33
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 22.3%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 4
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $125.21
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 14.8%
Rank in charitable donation compared to mean annual salary: 17

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4. Houston, Texas

Mean annual wage: $46,290
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $80.60
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $190.41
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $432.49
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 19.2%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 9
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $118.19
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 11.4%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 9

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3. Austin, Texas

Mean annual wage: $46,130
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $95.89
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $213.87
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $428.37
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 14.8%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 8
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $149.60
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 16.2%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 5

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2. Dallas, Texas

Mean annual wage: $45,530
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $99.86
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $250.55
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $593.04
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 13.1%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 10
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $270.86
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 15.3%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 1

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1. Los Angeles, Calif.

Mean annual wage: $50,240
Avg. holiday spend on toys & hobbies: $111.16
Avg. holiday spend on electronics: $217.59
Avg. holiday spend on jewelry: $552.21
Change in holiday spend compared with rest of year: 10.9%
Rank in consumer spending compared with mean annual salary: 7
Avg. holiday charitable donation: $218.03
Increase in holiday charitable donation compared with rest of year: 20.3%
Rank in charitable donation compared with mean annual salary: 2