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Alaska
83.18
West Virginia
76.02
Mississippi
71.31
Kentucky
70.95
New Mexico
69.73
Wyoming
64.23
South Carolina
59.86
Arizona
58.86
Montana
57.77
Louisiana
57.46
North Dakota
55.91
Indiana
55.34
Maine
54.25
Alabama
53.48
South Dakota
52.22
Vermont
50.13
Missouri
44.13
Oklahoma
41.6
Pennsylvania
41.1
Idaho
40.57
Rhode Island
39.65
Tennessee
37.94
New Hampshire
37.39
Maryland
36.36
Michigan
34.67
Hawaii
33.25
Oregon
33.23
Arkansas
33.18
Texas
32.71
Minnesota
32.29
Connecticut
30.45
Virginia
30.38
Georgia
30.3
Florida
30.2
Ohio
29.12
Nebraska
29.05
North Carolina
28.43
Wisconsin
27.89
New York
27.27
Colorado
25.18
Nevada
23.45
Delaware
22.23
Iowa
19.28
Massachusetts
17.32
California
17.27
Illinois
17.05
Kansas
15.7
Utah
14.96
Washington
14.63
New Jersey
8.41

Most Independent States 2024

Most Independent States 2024

Why Do Americans Value Independence?

There are a lot of Americans who are used to ranting and raving about independence. In a lot of ways, it is ingrained in our culture. For example, the entire purpose of the country was to free itself from the monarchy located in Great Britain, which is an ocean away. Ever since that time, the United States is a country that has been built on individualism. There are a lot of people who are obsessed with becoming self-made, so it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of states that feel the same way. After all, there was even a Civil War fought, presumably, over states' rights. As a result, some states are more independent than others.

What is the Most Independent State?

There is a significant amount of debate regarding which states are independent. Therefore, it is important to take a closer look at how we define whether a state is independent. In general, there are a few sources of dependency, both from residents and from state governments. Residents’ dependency is based on the return on taxes paid to the federal government and the share of federal jobs. The state government’s dependency is based solely on how much of its state revenue comes from federal funding. When looking at states from this perspective of dependence on the federal government, it is possible to examine which states are the most independent.

It has been estimated that Alaska is the most independent state. Alaska is ranked third for the residents’ dependency on the government and second for the state government’s dependency on the federal government. West Virginia and New Mexico also have less depend on the government by residents, while Wyoming and Louisiana’s state governments are less dependent on federal funding.

Which States Claim To Be Independent?

Despite the ranking above, there are some states that claim to be independent. For example, Texas is largely considered to be, jokingly, its own country. For a short time, Texas was its own country before it joined the United States. Texas tends to do things a little differently when compared to the rest of the country, so Texas is very different from the rest of the country. California is another state that could be its own country if it decided to break away. It has a strong economy, but it is still dependent on the rest of the country for a lot of resources, including water.

Is the United States Self-Sufficient?

It is also important to take a closer look at the United States. That way, we can assess how independent the United States truly is. It is true that the United States produces a lot of natural resources. It has a very large bread basket that is responsible for producing food for the rest of the country, and the United States is the largest producer of oil in the world. That being said, there are some items that are in relatively short supply in the United States. For example, the United States does not produce a lot of computer chips, and many of them have to come from Taiwan.

Most Independent States 2024

Notes: *No. 1 = Most Dependent
With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the most dependent for that metric category.

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State
Total Score
Residents Dependency
Government Dependency
Alaska83.1832
West Virginia76.0219
Mississippi71.3175
Kentucky70.95510
New Mexico69.73217
Wyoming64.23241
South Carolina59.86627
Arizona58.86136
Montana57.77147
Louisiana57.46223
North Dakota55.91435
Indiana55.34919
Maine54.251112
Alabama53.481016
South Dakota52.22294
Vermont50.131911
Missouri44.13288
Oklahoma41.61531
Pennsylvania41.12022
Idaho40.572315
Rhode Island39.653113
Tennessee37.942618
New Hampshire37.394114
Maryland36.361636
Michigan34.672724
Hawaii33.25850
Oregon33.232530
Arkansas33.184020
Texas32.713921
Minnesota32.291742
Connecticut30.451844
Virginia30.381246
Georgia30.33528
Florida30.23032
Ohio29.124623
Nebraska29.054226
North Carolina28.433733
Wisconsin27.892140
New York27.274429
Colorado25.183634
Nevada23.453837
Delaware22.235025
Iowa19.283243
Massachusetts17.324838
California17.274541
Illinois17.054739
Kansas15.73447
Utah14.963348
Washington14.634345
New Jersey8.414949
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Most Independent States 2024

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