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Which 25 states are least dependent on the federal government? (25 items)

By , Deseret News

April 1, 2014

Which states are most reliant on the federal government? Researchers at the personal finance website Wallethub dug deep into what they judged to be the key indicators of federal dependency, ranking each state according to taxes, revenue and federal employees.

"The idea of the American freeloader burst into the public consciousness when #47percent started trending on Twitter," Wallethub's John S. Kiernan wrote for the study's introduction. "While the notion is senselessly insulting to millions of hardworking Americans, it is true that some states receive a far higher return on their federal income tax investment than others."

To rank the states, Wallethub enumerated how much return each state made on "taxpayer investment," determining roughly how much federal funding the state receives for each tax dollar paid.

Wallethub also tacked the percentage of a state's budget that is provided by the federal government and how many federal employees each state has per capita.

Utah, for one, tied with Nebraska for 14th place on the list, placing the Beehive State among the 25 states least reliant on the federal government.

1 of 25. Indiana

Return on taxpayer investment: $2.01

Funding as percent of of revenue: 33.20 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.76

2 of 25. North Carolina

Return on taxpayer investment: $1.34

Funding as percent of of revenue: 33.91 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.22

3 of 25. Pennsylvania

Return on taxpayer investment: $1.31

Funding as percent of of revenue: 30.91 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.87

4 of 25. Arkansas

Return on taxpayer investment: $1.1

Funding as percent of of revenue: 34.52 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.01

5 of 25. Alaska

Return on taxpayer investment: $1.42

Funding as percent of of revenue: 20.01 percent

Federal employees per capita: 22.68
1. Parry's Power Guide
Pleasant Grove, UT,
April 2, 2014

DC is not a atate.

2. FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT,
April 2, 2014

It surprises me that Utah is #14. We have a lot of wilderness land that is covered by the feds, Hill AFB and other smaller military installations, and multiple defense contractors. I am betting that our ranking on the list will change when we ask the feds for $900 million to move the prison.

3. tom2
Jerome, ID,
April 2, 2014

It is interesting to me that most of the states on the list are considered "blue states". I naively expected it to be the opposite. It kind of flies in the face of the popular opinions about Democrats and Republicans.

4. Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT,
April 2, 2014

Lists like this are alway interesting to me, but I understand they're a manipulation of what someone is trying to "prove".

Keep in mind this in one sample using a specific set of guidelines. Use a different set of guidelines and the list would change dramatically.

If this supports/denies your political views... keep that in mind!

5. Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT,
April 2, 2014

Highly deceptive article.

A simpler measure is "does a state take more goverment money than it gives?"

Utah is a taker. The programs running in Utah could not survive without Federal money.