Craftsy names most generous cities in U.S.: Port St. Lucie ranked number 2 on the list

DENVER – ‘Tis the season for giving, and the holiday spirit is in full force across America according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Craftsy, an online destination to learn, create and share.

The nationwide survey of 10,000 passionate makers revealed the most generous cities in America: Manchester, N.H., was No. 1, with Port St. Lucie coming in second.

Craftsy tracked responses from more than 700 cities and rated the generosity of each city based on the frequency of and propensity for gift giving. The survey revealed that crafters in the Manchester area ranked the highest for overall generosity, with 75 percent of respondents reporting appreciating handmade gifts more than store-bought gifts. According to Craftsy, this sentiment is reflected in the overall survey results.

"Makers are giving and benevolent people. They're patient with their time and open-hearted with their projects," said John Levisay, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craftsy. "This first-of-its-kind ranking measures generosity based on the time people across the country spend creating thoughtful gifts, along with their commitment to gifting their creations. I'm thrilled to see the way the people of Manchester are tapping into their creative expertise to delight others this holiday season—there's nothing like a heartfelt handmade gift!

Diane Morgan, cooking instructor of the forthcoming Sweet & Savory Food Gifts, understands why makers are so inclined to give. "I'm a chef, so food is my craft of choice, but makers of all types take great pride in their creations. For me, the best gift is seeing a happy smile on someone's face after enjoying one of my dishes. Many makers pour their hearts and souls into their projects and love to make others happy in the process."

Other notable mentions from the survey results:

Makers in Bakersfield, California spend the most time per week – 12 hours – on handmade projects. But makers in San Juan, Puerto Rico create the most handmade projects – 7 per month!

In Birmingham, Alabama, makers tend to spend the most on creating handmade gifts: an average of $132 per month.

When it comes to the percentage of projects gifted, makers in Worcester, Massachusetts take the top prize with 70 percent of handmade projects given away as gifts.

"Over the past year, we've seen more and more makers across the country want to learn how to create meaningful gifts for their loved ones," said Emily Lawrence, Vice President of Production at Craftsy. "We often underestimate the time it takes to create a gift from the heart, but this survey emphasizes the value of handmade gifts this holiday season and all year long."


1. Manchester, New Hampshire

2. Port St. Lucie

3. Spokane, Washington

4. Worcester, Massachusetts

5. Virginia Beach, Virginia

6. Bakersfield, California

7. Little Rock, Arkansas

8. Lincoln, Nebraska

9. Bradenton

10. Colorado Springs, Colorado

11. Nashville, Tennessee

12. New York, New York

13. Memphis, Tennessee

14. Tulsa, Oklahoma

15. Boise City, Idaho

16. Miami

17. Portland, Maine

18. Asheville, North Carolina

19. Salem, Oregon

20. Grand Rapids, Michigan

21. Norwalk, Connecticut

22. Albany, New York

23. Sacramento, California

24. Seattle, Washington

25. Portland, Oregon

For the full results of the survey, visit

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