States That Depend Most and Least on Federal Funding

No. 5 most-dependent state: Alabama

Skyline of Birmingham at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Ala.
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Dependency score: 71.65

Alabama’s residents rely to a fairly large degree on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). About 804,000 Alabama residents, about 17% of the population, relies on benefits from the federal aid program, also known as food stamps. This is above the national average of 13%.

Nearly half (45%) of Alabama recipients are working families, compared with about 44% nationally. A deeper look: Median income in Alabama (after inflation) was just 0.1% above the poverty level in 2017.

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