The Most Independent States

With Independence Day right around the corner and high inflation threatening Americans’ financial independence, WalletHub has released its report on 2023’s Most Independent States, as well as expert commentary. This study follows WalletHub’s reports on the Best Places for 4th of July Celebrations and Most Patriotic States.


2023’s Most Independent States


1. Utah
2. Colorado
3. Florida
4. Washington
5. Virginia
6. California
7. Idaho
8. Massachusetts
9. Wisconsin
10. Iowa

Key Stats:

  • Montana has the lowest share of private industry workers employed by foreign-owned firms, at 1.79 percent. That’s 4.3 times lower than in Kentucky, the highest at 7.62 percent.
  • Michigan has the lowest share of government workers (local, state and federal), at 10.80 percent. Alaska has the country’s highest share, at 25.80 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of residents in poverty, at 7.40 percent. That’s 2.6 times lower than in Mississippi (19.40 percent).
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