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Alaskans reap biggest federal payoff
Per capita, the 49th state gets the most back in federal fund expenditures.
December 27, 2005
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The federal government sends an average of nearly $13,000 to Alaska for every man, woman, and child who lives in the state.

According to a Census Bureau report, which covers all federal expenditures or obligations for direct payments, grants, procurement awards, and salaries and wages, by federal agencies and programs, Alaska reaps a bigger payoff in federal spending than any other state, almost double the national average of $7,223. The second place state, Virginia, gets about $700 less per capita than Alaska.

Both those figures pale in comparison with the $68,000 per capita federal expenditures for the District of Columbia. But the main business of DC is, after all, the federal government.

For sheer dollar amount, California led the nation, receiving a total of $232 billion in spending. That came to only $6,474 per capita, however, averaged over the state's 36 million residents, below the national average. New York was second with $144 billion.

The most short-changed state, per capita, was Nevada, which received just $5,469 in payments for each resident. Minnesotans got just $5,644.

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments accounted for more than $1 trillion of the $2.2 trillion 2004 federal budget.
State Population Federal per capita expenditure
United States 293,655,404 $7,222.62
Alabama 4,530,182 $8,619.41
Alaska 655,435 $12,885.17
Arizona 5,743,834 $7,308.59
Arkansas 2,752,629 $7,080.08
California 35,893,799 $6,474.30
Colorado 4,601,403 $6,532.86
Connecticut 3,503,604 $8,649.37
Delaware 830,364 $6,326.32
District of Columbia 553,523 $67,982.10
Florida 17,397,161 $7,008.82
Georgia 8,829,383 $6,246.52
Hawaii 1,262,840 $9,650.53
Idaho 1,393,262 $6,436.84
Illinois 12,713,634 $6,042.99
Indiana 6,237,569 $6,079.04
Iowa 2,954,451 $6,591.21
Kansas 2,735,502 $6,993.48
Kentucky 4,145,922 $7,649.33
Louisiana 4515770 $7,297.55
Maine 1,317,253 $8,247.88
Maryland 5,558,058 $11,645.42
Massachusetts 6,416,505 $8,278.72
Michigan 10,112,620 $5,981.49
Minnesota 5,100,958 $5,644.18
Mississippi 2,902,966 $7,694.78
Missouri 5,754,618 $7,946.69
Montana 926,865 $8,084.85
Nebraska 1,747,214 $6,750.65
Nevada 2,334,771 $5,469.24
New Hampshire 1,299,500 $6,124.29
New Jersey 8,698,879 $6,353.04
New Mexico 1,903,289 $10,436.65
New York 19,227,088 $7,484.37
North Carolina 8,541,221 $6,466.69
North Dakota 634,366 $9,513.12
Ohio 11,459,011 $6,387.57
Oklahoma 3,523,553 $7,561.66
Oregon 3,594,586 $6,084.40
Pennsylvania 1,2406,292 $7,649.36
Rhode Island 1,080,632 $7,629.99
South Carolina 4,198,068 $7,158.33
South Dakota 770,883 $8,563.86
Tennessee 5,900,962 $7,700.53
Texas 22,490,022 $6,307.62
Utah 2,389,039 $5,727.67
Vermont 621,394 $7,455.71
Virginia 7,459,827 $12,150.14
Washington 6,203,788 $7,227.98
West Virginia 1,815,354 $8,363.93
Wisconsin 5,509,026 $5,727.67
Wyoming 506,529 $8,673.36

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