Special Report

Most & Least Federally Dependent States

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5. West Virginia
> Wallethub score: 75.36
> State residents’ dependency score: 2 — 2nd highest
> State government’s dependency score: 12 — 12th highest
> 2019 population: 1,792,147

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4. Kentucky
> Wallethub score: 80.78
> State residents’ dependency score: 5 — 5th highest
> State government’s dependency score: 8 — 8th highest
> 2019 population: 4,467,673

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3. Mississippi
> Wallethub score: 83.94
> State residents’ dependency score: 7 — 7th highest
> State government’s dependency score: 3 — 3rd highest
> 2019 population: 2,976,149

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2. Alaska
> Wallethub score: 84.23
> State residents’ dependency score: 4 — 4th highest
> State government’s dependency score: 4 — 4th highest
> 2019 population: 731,545

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1. New Mexico
> Wallethub score: 86.57
> State residents’ dependency score: 1 — the highest
> State government’s dependency score: 6 — 6th highest
> 2019 population: 2,096,829