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Utah named most independent state ahead of Fourth of July

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Posted at 8:04 AM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-29 10:04:33-04

SALT LAKE CITY — When celebrating the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, Utahns can take special pride as they sing the Star-Spangled Banner.

There are 50 states in the U.S., but according to a new study, none are as independent and self-sustaining as the Beehive State.

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The WalletHub study aims to show which states are the most self-reliant and the least dependent on the government and other sources. Five sources of dependency were measured: consumer finances, the government, the job market, international trade and personal vices.

When factoring in all categories, Utah ranked No. 1 in independence and it wasn't that close. Colorado finished second, nearly three points behind, while Nebraska was third.

Here's how Utah finished in each category:

  • Financial Dependency: 20th
  • Government Dependency: 2nd
  • Job-Market Dependency: 2nd
  • Int'l Trade Dependency: 25th
  • Vice Dependency: 6th

Among individual metrics, Utah made the top 5 in least federally dependent state, lowest unemployment rate, lowest percentage of adult drug users, lowest percentage of adult binge drinkers and lowest percentage of households receiving public assistance.

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  1. UTAH
  2. Colorado
  3. Nebraska
  4. Virginia
  5. Kansas
  6. Idaho
  7. South Dakota
  8. Washington
  9. Minnesota
  10. Delaware