The Carolinas Rank Among 2020’s Most Federally Dependent States

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With Tax Day postponed to July 15 and states having received hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released updated rankings for 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 has come from the federal government. In order to identify which states most and least depend on federal support, the site 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.

South Carolina was ranked #7 (3 spots higher than their previous ranking) and North Carolina ranked #28 (7 spots higher than their previous ranking).

Most Federally Dependent States

Rank (1 = Most Dependent) State Total Score ‘State Residents’ Dependency’ Rank  ‘State Government’s Dependency’ Rank 
1 New Mexico 85.80 1 5
2 Kentucky 78.18 3 7
3 Mississippi 77.02 6 4
4 West Virginia 73.86 5 9
5 Montana 70.78 14 2
6 Alaska 68.61 7 8
7 South Carolina 67.58 4 16
8 Indiana 64.37 8 11
9 Arizona 62.71 13 6
10 Wyoming 62.26 24 1
11 Alabama 58.89 9 14
12 Louisiana 54.89 31 3
13 Maine 52.11 10 21
14 North Dakota 51.63 2 44
15 Tennessee 47.73 22 10
16 Pennsylvania 46.54 17 18
17 Missouri 44.29 26 12
18 Oklahoma 42.17 19 23
19 Maryland 41.82 15 31
20 South Dakota 40.39 23 17
21 Arkansas 39.46 41 13
22 Vermont 39.42 20 30
23 Georgia 35.18 35 20
24 New York 35.04 46 15
25 Oregon 34.89 27 27
26 Idaho 34.33 21 35
27 Michigan 34.06 29 25
28 North Carolina 33.89 32 24
29 Rhode Island 33.79 39 22
30 New Hampshire 32.42 34 26
31 Nevada 31.70 36 29
32 Ohio 31.32 45 19
33 Wisconsin 31.24 16 43
34 Texas 29.90 42 28
35 Florida 29.89 28 33
36 Connecticut 28.04 18 42
37 Colorado 27.64 40 32
38 Hawaii 25.49 11 50
39 Nebraska 25.32 43 34
40 Virginia 24.99 12 49
41 California 24.42 44 36
42 Washington 24.32 37 37
43 Minnesota 21.99 25 45
44 Massachusetts 19.16 47 38
45 Illinois 18.53 48 39
46 Utah 17.83 33 46
47 Iowa 16.53 30 47
48 Delaware 14.91 50 40
49 New Jersey 14.52 49 41
50 Kansas 12.73 38 48

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