As more

states get federal funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are
starting to wonder just how much federal aid states are getting. The issue
became especially apparent after AP News found that New York got less than
$24,000 in federal aid for every positive case from the first
$150 billion in federal aid. In comparison, Alaska got over $3.3 million per positive
case.

The attention
this decision got is only one of many examples of Americans putting a magnifying
glass up to federal assistance programs. Despite this scrutiny, before the
pandemic, the number of Americans who depended on government assistance actually
was decreasing. 

Rankings by state

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

Nonetheless,
media has still kept a spotlight on how equitably financial assistance is
divvied up between the states. WalletHub
recently released a survey to find out how large the gap is between the states
with the most and least amount of federal aid dependency. 

WalletHubt compared the
states based on the states’ government dependency and its citizens’ government dependency
for aid. You can find their full methodology here.

 

Below are
the rankings from least to most dependent. Keep reading to find out how your
state fared. 

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50. Kansas

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 10.62
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 39
  • State Government’s Dependency: 49

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49. New Jersey

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 13.68
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 49
  • State Government’s Dependency: 42

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48. Delaware

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 15.66
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 50
  • State Government’s Dependency: 40

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47. Utah

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 19.42
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 36
  • State Government’s Dependency: 44

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46. Iowa

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 20.53
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 31
  • State Government’s Dependency: 45

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45. Massachusetts

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 20.99
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 47
  • State Government’s Dependency: 38

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44. Washington

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 21.97
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 42
  • State Government’s Dependency: 39

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43. Illinois

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 24.01
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 48
  • State Government’s Dependency: 37

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42. Connecticut

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 25.41
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 19
  • State Government’s Dependency: 46

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41. Virginia

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 25.59
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 13
  • State Government’s Dependency: 50

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40. Minnesota

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 25.66
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 25
  • State Government’s Dependency: 41

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39. Nebraska

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 27.93
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 43
  • State Government’s Dependency: 32

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38. California

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 27.93
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 44
  • State Government’s Dependency: 31

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37. Colorado

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 28.5
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 41
  • State Government’s Dependency: 36

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36. New Hampshire

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 32.03
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 37
  • State Government’s Dependency: 29

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35. Texas

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 32.05
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 40
  • State Government’s Dependency: 28

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34. Florida

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 32.24
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 30
  • State Government’s Dependency: 34

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33. Hawaii

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 32.55
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 9
  • State Government’s Dependency: 48

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32. Ohio

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 33.96
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 45
  • State Government’s Dependency: 16

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31. Nevada

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 35.23
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 32
  • State Government’s Dependency: 25

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30. North Carolina

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 35.36
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 34
  • State Government’s Dependency: 24

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29. Rhode Island

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 35.44
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 35
  • State Government’s Dependency: 22

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28. Wisconsin

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 35.92
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 15
  • State Government’s Dependency: 43

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27. Michigan

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 35.95
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 28
  • State Government’s Dependency: 27

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26. New York

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 36.33
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 46
  • State Government’s Dependency: 14

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25. Georgia

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 37.31
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 33
  • State Government’s Dependency: 19

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24. Oregon

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 37.38
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 26
  • State Government’s Dependency: 26

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23. Idaho

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 37.74
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 21
  • State Government’s Dependency: 33

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22. Oklahoma

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 39.91
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 20
  • State Government’s Dependency: 30

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21. South Dakota

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 41.07
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 23
  • State Government’s Dependency: 21

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20. Arkansas

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 41.56
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 38
  • State Government’s Dependency: 13

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19. Maryland

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 41.88
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 16
  • State Government’s Dependency: 35

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18. North Dakota

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 44.17
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 3
  • State Government’s Dependency: 47

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17. Vermont

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 45.13
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 18
  • State Government’s Dependency: 23

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16. Missouri

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 47.52
  • State Residents’ Dependency : 29
  • State Government’s Dependency: 10

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15. Pennsylvania

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 47.8
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 17
  • State Government’s Dependency: 20

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14. Tennessee

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 52.81
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 22
  • State Government’s Dependency: 9

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13. Maine

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 53.8
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 12
  • State Government’s Dependency: 18

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12. Wyoming

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 58.14
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 24
  • State Government’s Dependency: 5

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11. Alabama

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 59.36
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 11
  • State Government’s Dependency: 15

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10. Louisiana

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 62.45
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 27
  • State Government’s Dependency: 1

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9. South Carolina

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 67.36
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 6
  • State Government’s Dependency: 17

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8. Indiana

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 69.96
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 8
  • State Government’s Dependency: 11

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7. Arizona

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 70.33
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 10
  • State Government’s Dependency: 7

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6. Montana

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 73.87
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 14
  • State Government’s Dependency: 2

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5. West Virginia

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 75.36
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 2
  • State Government’s Dependency: 12

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4. Kentucky

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 80.78
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 5
  • State Government’s Dependency: 8

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3. Mississippi

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 83.94
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 7
  • State Government’s Dependency: 3

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2. Alaska

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 84.23
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 4
  • State Government’s Dependency: 4

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1. New Mexico

These states are the most dependent on the federal government

  • Total Score: 86.57
  • State Residents’ Dependency: 1
  • State Government’s Dependency: 6

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