Virginia is next with $19,734 per person. Once again, the reason is primarily defense spending. The Pentagon is located in Arlington and there are many military bases in the state.
Amt. per Capita: $19,733.90
Percent of U.S. Population:2.57%
Percent of U.S. Funds Per Person: 4.87%
Amt. per Capita: $19,000.95
Percent of U.S. Population:0.42%
Percent of U.S. Funds Per Person: 0.77%
Hawaii is third at $19,001. Defense is a large contributor, and Hawaii has one of the largest health and human services payments per person of any state. That means Medicare and Medicaid. The state has a large percent of its residents enrolled in these federal programs due to both age and to some extent the portion of the population that is indigent.
Amt. per Capita: $16,169.03
Percent of U.S. Population:1.86%
Percent of U.S. Funds Per Person: 2.89%
Maryland is fourth with average receipts per person of $16,169. This is another state with government expenses for the military at a level that is over twice that of the US average. Its proximity to the nation’s capital is a factor in this.
5. New Mexico
Amt. per Capita: $13,669.99
Percent of U.S. Population:0.65%
Percent of U.S. Funds Per Person: 0.86%
New Mexico is fifth with $13,669 . The state has very large amounts of money which come from the Department of Energy and Department of Interior. New Mexico has a long border and a vast amount of land which is part of the federal parks system.
The five losers:
Amt. per Capita: $7,148.49
Percent of U.S. Population: 0.86%
Percent of U.S. Funds Per Person: 0.59%
Nevada received only $7,148 per person. The amount spent per person on defense is close to nothing. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security payments are also below those of most other states.