No. 5 most-dependent state: Alabama
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.