South Carolina Ranked As One of 2020’s Top 10 Most Federally Dependent States

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With Tax Day drawing near, the coronavirus wreaking havoc on the economy, and tax relief being considered in response, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth analysis of 2020’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States.

This report illustrates the extent to which states are independent economically. However, the oxymoron in this situation is that states with a higher level of federal dependence are likely better positioned to handle the coronavirus pandemic, given that most relief will come from the federal government. In order to identify which states most and least depend on federal support, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key metrics: return on taxes paid to the federal government; federal funding as a share of state revenue; and share of federal jobs.

Most Federally Dependent States

Rank
(1 = Most Dependent)
State Total Score ‘State Residents’ Dependency’ Rank  ‘State Government’s Dependency’ Rank 
1 New Mexico 82.21 1 6
2 Mississippi 79.41 5 4
3 West Virginia 70.70 4 9
4 Montana 70.70 14 1
5 Kentucky 69.78 6 8
6 Alaska 67.92 7 7
7 Arizona 65.61 12 5
8 Indiana 62.77 9 10
9 Alabama 61.56 8 14
10 South Carolina 61.31 3 30
11 Wyoming 58.92 23 2
12 Louisiana 54.20 30 3
13 North Dakota 53.11 2 44
14 Maine 47.40 15 19
15 Tennessee 46.90 21 11
16 Pennsylvania 46.43 17 16
17 Missouri 44.47 24 12
18 Maryland 41.82 13 31
19 Oklahoma 41.42 19 21
20 Vermont 40.45 18 24
21 Arkansas 39.26 40 13
22 South Dakota 38.59 25 17
23 Georgia 35.21 32 18
24 Oregon 34.45 26 26
25 New York 33.89 46 15
26 Michigan 33.52 29 23
27 Idaho 33.39 20 33
28 Florida 33.26 27 27
29 New Hampshire 32.67 35 22
30 Rhode Island 31.49 37 25
31 Nevada 31.37 36 29
32 Ohio 30.38 45 20
33 Wisconsin 30.22 16 45
34 Texas 30.15 42 28
35 North Carolina 27.95 31 35
36 Colorado 25.66 39 36
37 Connecticut 25.31 22 43
38 Iowa 25.30 34 37
39 California 24.97 43 34
40 Nebraska 24.78 44 32
41 Hawaii 24.65 10 50
42 Washington 24.18 38 38
43 Virginia 23.73 11 49
44 Minnesota 19.75 28 46
45 Massachusetts 19.16 47 39
46 Illinois 18.40 48 41
47 New Jersey 17.55 49 40
48 Delaware 15.42 50 42
49 Utah 15.23 33 47
50 Kansas 11.84 41 48

The report also found that Democrat leaning, or ‘blue states’ are less federally dependent than Republican leaning, or ‘red states’;

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