Have A Big, Charitable Heart? Maybe You Belong In These Cities

Cities can make names for themselves based off of lots of things -- delicious pizza, American-made cars and a terrific live music scene, to name a few.

But if any should lay claim to having the best, top-notch nonprofits, Houston reigns supreme.

The Texas city's philanthropic community was rated the best by Charity Navigator out of 30 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. The group evaluated thousands of organizations -- segmented by area -- on a variety of telling factors: fundraising efficiency, financial transparency and program expenses, among others.

Houston was ranked second in last year's results behind St. Louis, which dropped from the top 10 in 2015.

"Philanthropy is an integral part of each of these great cities,” Sandra Miniutti, vice president of Charity Navigator, said in a statement regarding the results. “Not one of these marketplaces ranks below a 3-star, 'good' rating, for which donors and nonprofit leaders should be commended. But each city presents unique challenges and opportunities to the charities that call it home."

Although Miniutti praised all regions analyzed in the study, there may be room for improvement among the charities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which ranked dead last of the 30 areas considered.

As far as the city with the most charitable residents? Houston might find some stiff competition in Seattle.

To see the full results by Charity Navigator, click here. Scroll below to see which metropolitan areas ranked in the top five.

  • 5 Miami
    Overall score: 87.90
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    Overall score: 87.90
  • 4 Los Angeles
    Overall score: 87.92
    Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
    Overall score: 87.92
  • 3 Boston
    Overall score: 87.98
    AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
    Overall score: 87.98
  • 2 San Diego
    Overall score: 89.08
    Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images
    Overall score: 89.08
  • 1 Houston
    Overall score: 89.46
    Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
    Overall score: 89.46

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  • 10 San Jose, California
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  • 9 Boston, Massachusetts
  • 8 Seattle, Washington
  • 7 Portland, Oregon
  • 6 Denver, Colorado
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  • 5 Sacramento, California
  • 4 San Francisco, California
  • 3 San Diego, California
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  • 2 Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1 Washington, D.C.