A new WalletHub report ranked Utah as one of the top 10 states in the country that is least dependent on the federal government.
The list ranked all 50 states on how much they depend on federal support. WalletHub considered three major metrics, including return on taxes paid to the federal government, how much federal funding contributes to the state’s revenue and the share of federal jobs in the state.
Each state was ranked by how much the state's residents depend on the government and how much the state's government relied on the federal government. Then, each state was given an overall score on a scale of 0 to 100 to determine its spot on the list. The higher the number, the more dependent the state.
Utah ranked as the eighth state least dependent on the federal government (or the 43rd state most dependant on the federal government), ranking ahead of Connecticut and Virginia in the top 10. Utah’s total score was 27.06.
Delaware (with a 14.97 score) earned the top spot as the state least dependent on the federal government, followed by Kansas (18.57), Illinois (22.53), New Jersey (23.35) and Massachusetts (24.34).
New Mexico (83.22) ranked as the state most dependent on the federal government, followed by Kentucky (78.96), Mississippi (75.84), Alabama (71.86) and West Virginia (67.83).
The report also found that red states, which had an average dependency rank of 20.17, were more reliant on the government than blue states, which had a 33.55 average dependency rank. This dependency rank is different than the total scores mentioned above and applies solely to how dependent states are on federal funding.
WalletHub pulled its data from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Census Bureau, USAspending.gov, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Governing.com.
In July 2017, a different WalletHub report named Utah as the second-most independent state in the country, ranking behind only Colorado.1 comment on this story
The report defined “independent” as states that could survive without “consumer finances, the government, the job market and the international trade market.”
The report used 32 factors to figure out how well a state could support itself.
Utah received high rankings for having the highest percentage of households with emergency funds and for having the highest median household income.
Correction: An earlier version of this article identified the average dependency rank as the same as each state's total score. The two were separate measures in the WalletHub report.