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Which states are most reliant on the federal government? Researchers at the personal finance website Wallethub dug deep into what they judged to be the key indicators of federal dependency, ranking each state according to taxes, revenue and federal employees.

"The idea of the American freeloader burst into the public consciousness when #47percent started trending on Twitter," Wallethub's John S. Kiernan wrote for the study's introduction. "While the notion is senselessly insulting to millions of hardworking Americans, it is true that some states receive a far higher return on their federal income tax investment than others."

To rank the states, Wallethub enumerated how much return each state made on "taxpayer investment," determining roughly how much federal funding the state receives for each tax dollar paid.

Wallethub also tacked the percentage of a state's budget that is provided by the federal government and how many federal employees each state has per capita.

Utah, for one, tied with Nebraska for 14th place on the list, placing the Beehive State among the 25 states least reliant on the federal government.

25 Indiana
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Return on taxpayer investment: $2.01

Funding as percent of of revenue: 33.20 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.76

24 North Carolina
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.34

Funding as percent of of revenue: 33.91 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.22

23 Pennsylvania
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.31

Funding as percent of of revenue: 30.91 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.87

22 Arkansas
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.1

Funding as percent of of revenue: 34.52 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.01

21 Alaska
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.42

Funding as percent of of revenue: 20.01 percent

Federal employees per capita: 22.68

20 Wisconsin
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.68

Funding as percent of of revenue: 28.93 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.08

19 Iowa (tie)
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.12

Funding as percent of of revenue: 34.85 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.75

18 New York (tie)
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.79

Funding as percent of of revenue: 37.74 percent

Federal employees per capita: 6.06

17 District of Columbia (tie)
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.15

Funding as percent of of revenue: 23.90 percent

Federal employees per capita: 336.63

16 Washington
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.05

Funding as percent of of revenue: 29.38 percent

Federal employees per capita: 10.73

15 Nebraska (tie)
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.57

Funding as percent of of revenue: 34.92 percent

Federal employees per capita: 9.06

14 Utah (tie)
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.86

Funding as percent of of revenue: 31.65 percent

Federal employees per capita: 12.58

13 Ohio
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.66

Funding as percent of of revenue: 35.87 percent

Federal employees per capita: 6.78

12 Michigan
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.08

Funding as percent of of revenue: 34.12 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.33

11 New Hampshire
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.07

Funding as percent of of revenue: 32.06 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.61

10 Colorado
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.84

Funding as percent of of revenue: 29.24 percent

Federal employees per capita: 10.67

9 Massachusetts
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.94

Funding as percent of of revenue: 29.56 percent

Federal employees per capita: 7.09

8 Nevada
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.15

Funding as percent of of revenue: 27.48 percent

Federal employees per capita: 6.60

7 California
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.94

Funding as percent of of revenue: 28.82 percent

Federal employees per capita: 6.65

6 Kansas
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.71

Funding as percent of of revenue: 27.21 percent

Federal employees per capita: 9.19

5 Connecticut
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Return on taxpayer investment: $1.28

Funding as percent of of revenue: 23.68 percent

Federal employees per capita: 4.91

4 New Jersey
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.88

Funding as percent of of revenue: 27.53 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.75

3 Minnesota
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.56

Funding as percent of of revenue: 28.47 percent

Federal employees per capita: 5.91

2 Illinois
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.56

Funding as percent of of revenue: 26.23 percent

Federal employees per capita: 6.45

1 Delaware
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Return on taxpayer investment: $0.50

Funding as percent of of revenue: 25.37 percent

Federal employees per capita: 6.17