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The impact of the military on every state economy

  • The impact of the military on every state economy
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    The impact of the military on every state economy

    Of the $1.11 trillion set aside by Congress for discretionary spending in 2015, 54 percent was reserved for the military. This left less than half of available funds to cover Medicare, education, housing, agriculture and other essential areas. While this speaks to the inseparable nature of the military and the economy at the national level, the relationship is more variant at the state level. National defense has proven to be more of a pressing issue for certain regions than others.

    Using 2015 Department of Defense data via the National Conference of State Legislatures, Stacker listed the states where DoD spending represents the greatest percentage of state gross domestic product. The 50 states and the District of Columbia are each listed along with their total DoD spending, as well as the total number of DoD personnel in the state.

    Read on to see how heavily the military impacts your state’s economy.

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  • #51. Oregon
    2/ Jeffrey Johnson // Wikimedia Commons

    #51. Oregon

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.6%
    Total DoD spending: $1.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 13,356

  • #50. New York
    3/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #50. New York

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.6%
    Total DoD spending: $9.1 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 61,765

  • #49. Michigan
    4/ Yinan Chen // Wikimedia Commons

    #49. Michigan

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.6%
    Total DoD spending: $2.9 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 25,689

  • #48. West Virginia
    5/ James McCauley // Flickr

    #48. West Virginia

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.7%
    Total DoD spending: $527 million
    Total DoD personnel: 10,204

  • #47. Wisconsin
    6/ Jeremy Thompson // Flickr

    #47. Wisconsin

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.8%
    Total DoD spending: $2.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 18,035

  • #46. Tennessee
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    #46. Tennessee

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.8%
    Total DoD spending: $2.4 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 71,441

  • #45. Iowa
    8/ Carl Wycoff // Flickr

    #45. Iowa

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.8%
    Total DoD spending: $1.4 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 12,969

  • #44. Wyoming
    9/ Colin.faulkingham // Wikimedia Commons

    #44. Wyoming

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.9%
    Total DoD spending: $370 million
    Total DoD personnel: 7,171

  • #43. Illinois
    10/ Tony Webster // Flickr

    #43. Illinois

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 0.9%
    Total DoD spending: $7.0 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 57,078

  • #42. Vermont
    11/ Travisleehardin // Wikimedia Commons

    #42. Vermont

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.0%
    Total DoD spending: $295.5 million
    Total DoD personnel: 4,931

  • #41. South Dakota
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    #41. South Dakota

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.0%
    Total DoD spending: $456.8 million
    Total DoD personnel: 9,257

  • #40. Idaho
    13/ Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce // Flickr

    #40. Idaho

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.0%
    Total DoD spending: $643.3 million
    Total DoD personnel: 10,436

  • #39. Delaware
    14/ likeaduck // Flickr

    #39. Delaware

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.0%
    Total DoD spending: $676.8 million
    Total DoD personnel: 9,959

  • #38. Montana
    15/ Dave Sizer // Flickr

    #38. Montana

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.1%
    Total DoD spending: $519 million
    Total DoD personnel: 9,185

  • #37. Ohio
    16/ Medina County, OH—Brenda // Wikicommons

    #37. Ohio

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.2%
    Total DoD spending: $6.9 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 60,224

  • #36. New Jersey
    17/ Smallbones // Wikimedia Commons

    #36. New Jersey

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.2%
    Total DoD spending: $6.6 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 33,834

  • #35. Indiana
    18/ Jasssmit // Wikimedia Commons

    #35. Indiana

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.2%
    Total DoD spending: $3.9 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 31,376

  • #34. Arkansas
    19/ Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia Commons

    #34. Arkansas

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.2%
    Total DoD spending: $1.4 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 20,229

  • #33. Nebraska
    20/ Clemens Vasters // Flickr

    #33. Nebraska

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.3%
    Total DoD spending: $1.5 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 16,776

  • #32. Minnesota
    21/ Greg Gjerdingen // Flickr

    #32. Minnesota

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.3%
    Total DoD spending: $4.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 21,823

  • #31. North Dakota
    22/ Kurt Haubrich // Flickr

    #31. North Dakota

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.4%
    Total DoD spending: $747.2 million
    Total DoD personnel: 13,296

  • #30. Louisiana
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    #30. Louisiana

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.5%
    Total DoD spending: $3.8 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 41,250

  • #29. Nevada
    24/ Samartur // Wikimedia Commons

    #29. Nevada

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.6%
    Total DoD spending: $2.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 20,683

  • #28. Pennsylvania
    25/ Adam Jones // Wikicommons

    #28. Pennsylvania

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 1.9%
    Total DoD spending: $12.7 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 57,919

  • #27. North Carolina
    26/ Zainubrazvi // Wikimedia Commons

    #27. North Carolina

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.0%
    Total DoD spending: $9.8 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 144,881

  • #26. New Hampshire
    27/ eric // Wikimedia Commons

    #26. New Hampshire

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.0%
    Total DoD spending: $1.4 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 6,350

  • #25. Florida
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    #25. Florida

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.0%
    Total DoD spending: $17.6 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 126,292

  • #24. California
    29/ Joe Parks // Wikimedia Commons

    #24. California

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.1%
    Total DoD spending: $49.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 269,540

  • #23. Utah
    30/ Palacemusic // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Utah

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.2%
    Total DoD spending: $3.2 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 30,486

  • #22. Texas
    31/ Yinan Chen // Flickr

    #22. Texas

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.3%
    Total DoD spending: $37.9 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 218,523

  • #21. Kansas
    32/ America's Power //Flickr

    #21. Kansas

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.3%
    Total DoD spending: $3.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 41,152

  • #20. Oklahoma
    33/ Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau // Wikimedia Commons

    #20. Oklahoma

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.6%
    Total DoD spending: $4.7 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 57,080

  • #19. Massachusetts
    34/ BenFrantzDale // Wikimedia Commons

    #19. Massachusetts

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.6%
    Total DoD spending: $12.2 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 24,174

  • #18. Georgia
    35/ tableatny // Flickr

    #18. Georgia

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.6%
    Total DoD spending: $12.6 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 129,463

  • #17. South Carolina
    36/ Becky Snyder // Flickr

    #17. South Carolina

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.7%
    Total DoD spending: $5.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 65,632

  • #16. Colorado
    37/ Larry Johnson // Flickr

    #16. Colorado

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.8%
    Total DoD spending: $8.7 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 61,294

  • #15. Washington
    38/ Martin H. // Wikimedia Commons

    #15. Washington

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 2.9%
    Total DoD spending: $12.6 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 107,341

  • #14. New Mexico
    39/ Riverrat303 // Wikicomons

    #14. New Mexico

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 3.4%
    Total DoD spending: $3.1 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 23,539

  • #13. Arizona
    40/ pagedooley // Flickr

    #13. Arizona

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 3.4%
    Total DoD spending: $10.0 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 42,547

  • #12. Rhode Island
    41/ Juliancolton // Wikimedia Commons

    #12. Rhode Island

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 3.5%
    Total DoD spending: $2.0 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 12,216

  • #11. Missouri
    42/ Robert Lawton // Wikimedia Commons

    #11. Missouri

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 3.7%
    Total DoD spending: $10.6 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 43,020

  • #10. Connecticut
    43/ JJBers // Flickr

    #10. Connecticut

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 3.8%
    Total DoD spending: $9.7 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 15,414

  • #9. Maine
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    #9. Maine

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 4.7%
    Total DoD spending: $2.6 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 11,794

  • #8. Kentucky
    45/ Tennessee Valley Authority // Wikimedia Commons

    #8. Kentucky

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 4.7%
    Total DoD spending: $9.0 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 57,080

  • #7. Mississippi
    46/ Ron Cogswell // Wikimedia Commons

    #7. Mississippi

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 4.9%
    Total DoD spending: $5.2 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 37,006

  • #6. Maryland
    47/ James Cridland // Wikimedia Commons

    #6. Maryland

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 5.7%
    Total DoD spending: $20.5 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 93,183

  • #5. District of Columbia
    48/ Sebastian Bass // Flickr

    #5. District of Columbia

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 5.7%
    Total DoD spending: $6.8 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 25,550

  • #4. Alabama
    49/ IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

    #4. Alabama

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 5.9%
    Total DoD spending: $12.2 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 52,116

  • #3. Alaska
    50/ Paxson Woelber // Flickr

    #3. Alaska

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 6.1%
    Total DoD spending: $3.3 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 27,764

  • #2. Hawaii
    51/ Anthony Quintano // Flickr

    #2. Hawaii

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 9.8%
    Total DoD spending: $7.8 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 73,487

  • #1. Virginia
    52/ red, white, and black eyes forever // Flickr

    #1. Virginia

    DoD spending as a percent of total state GDP: 11.2%
    Total DoD spending: $53.0 billion
    Total DoD personnel: 246,553

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