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STUDY: Hawai‘i Ranks as 9th Most Independent State

July 4, 2019, 9:15 AM HST
* Updated June 19, 10:08 AM
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Hawaiʻi is the nation’s ninth most independent state, according to a new study by Wallethub.

The study conducted by the personal-finance website measured how dependent Americans are on the government and others for finances, jobs and personal vices.

According to the report, Hawaiʻi ranked first in its share of jobs supported by exported goods; second in its under-employement rate; and fourth in its share of adults who smoke every day.

The study also ranked Hawaiʻi 18th in median debt per income and 22nd in its share of adults saving for children’s college education.

Other report findings:

  • Hawaiʻi is tied for third for the Highest Median Credit Score
  • Hawaiʻi is in a six-way tie for first for the Lowest Unemployment Rate
  • Hawai‘i holds the top spot for the Lowest Percent of GDP Generated by Exports to Other Countries
  • Hawaiʻi is ranked 21 for Financial Dependency
  • Hawaiʻi is ranked 16 for Government Dependency
  • Hawaiʻi is ranked 25 for Job Market Dependency
  • Hawaiʻi is ranked 9 for International Trade Dependency
  • Hawaiʻi is ranked six for Vice Dependency.
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Utah was the most independent state in the study and Kentucky was the least independent.

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Most Independent States

Overall Rank
(1 = Most Independent)
State Total Score ‘Financial Dependency’ Rank ‘Government Dependency’ Rank ‘Job-Market Dependency’ Rank ‘International-Trade Dependency’ Rank ‘Vice Dependency’ Rank
1 Utah 67.05 7 2 4 16 7
2 Nebraska 63.77 3 4 1 28 24
3 Massachusetts 63.61 10 9 6 27 3
4 Minnesota 63.56 1 7 8 19 27
5 Colorado 63.32 22 8 10 5 42
6 Wisconsin 62.83 13 13 9 15 14
7 South Dakota 62.83 26 21 5 7 11
8 Virginia 62.32 24 11 21 12 9
9 Hawai‘i 62.02 21 16 25 9 6
10 Kansas 61.83 14 1 15 25 38
11 Iowa 61.78 5 10 3 30 26
12 Idaho 61.73 23 26 2 6 23
13 Montana 59.56 11 39 24 1 30
14 New Hampshire 58.40 2 19 12 35 19
15 Wyoming 57.79 6 35 43 4 25
16 Delaware 57.66 20 3 31 38 29
17 Oklahoma 57.43 34 34 17 3 39
18 Connecticut 57.08 19 15 44 36 2
19 California 56.74 36 17 35 21 12
20 Florida 56.73 38 23 40 10 15
21 Pennsylvania 55.91 12 31 36 20 18
22 Missouri 55.85 25 30 26 11 43
23 New Jersey 55.54 31 6 48 37 4
24 North Carolina 55.37 29 12 30 32 36
25 Rhode Island 55.11 33 28 34 18 17
26 Vermont 55.05 9 40 13 24 22
27 Washington 54.99 4 18 19 44 13
28 New York 54.98 42 32 41 22 1
29 North Dakota 54.43 8 29 14 40 21
30 Maryland 54.32 32 37 39 8 28
31 Illinois 54.21 35 5 42 39 20
32 Nevada 53.98 45 20 29 14 47
33 Arizona 53.41 41 43 22 17 10
34 Texas 52.04 15 14 20 48 16
35 Ohio 52.01 30 25 37 34 35
36 Michigan 51.90 27 24 27 43 8
37 Maine 51.74 16 44 23 23 40
38 Georgia 51.46 47 22 32 33 31
39 Arkansas 50.90 50 27 16 13 50
40 New Mexico 50.55 44 48 49 2 5
41 Oregon 50.37 17 41 28 26 48
42 Tennessee 49.31 39 38 11 42 32
43 Indiana 48.75 28 33 7 45 41
44 West Virginia 44.72 37 47 47 31 37
45 Alabama 44.49 48 45 38 41 34
46 South Carolina 42.01 40 42 18 50 33
47 Louisiana 41.87 46 36 45 46 46
48 Mississippi 40.58 49 50 46 29 49
49 Alaska 39.23 18 49 50 47 45
50 Kentucky 38.60 43 46 33 49 44

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