Donor States

Donor states are the states that pay more money to the federal government in taxes by residents than what they receive for funding; this amount is called the balance of payments. In other words, donor states are states where the balance of payments is negative. The higher the negative number, the more the state paid compared to what it received.

States can attain donor status by either shrinking the portion of their budget that depends on federal aid or increasing the state’s economic output. Because of this dichotomy, states, where larger portions of their budget rely on federal aid, are less likely to be donor states. For this reason, states are best equipped to change their donor status by relying more heavily on federal funds for their programs rather than money raised through direct taxation.

Learn for yourself how states differ in the balance of payments and which are considered donor states by checking the data in the charts.

Balance of Payments by State

Alabama - Balance of Payments

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62,543,000,000

#17 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,707

#45 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$9,934,370,000

#28 in the US

Alaska - Balance of Payments

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13,238,000,000

#42 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,419

#18 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$5,849,366,000

#40 in the US

Arizona - Balance of Payments

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87,334,000,000

#12 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,014

#33 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$12,946,749,000

#25 in the US

Arkansas - Balance of Payments

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32,650,000,000

#30 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,476

#48 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$7,565,411,000

#33 in the US

California - Balance of Payments

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262,786,000,000

#1 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$11,729

#6 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$144,041,214,000

#2 in the US

Colorado - Balance of Payments

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33,735,000,000

#29 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$10,909

#10 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$20,127,071,000

#17 in the US

Connecticut - Balance of Payments

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14,973,000,000

#40 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$14,448

#1 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$41,363,053,000

#8 in the US

Delaware - Balance of Payments

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11,672,000,000

#45 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,154

#19 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$5,068,699,000

#42 in the US

Florida - Balance of Payments

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176,646,000,000

#3 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,577

#16 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$25,012,950,000

#14 in the US

Georgia - Balance of Payments

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88,376,000,000

#11 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,011

#34 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$14,115,682,000

#24 in the US

Hawaii - Balance of Payments

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19,224,000,000

#36 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,776

#27 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$9,430,284,000

#29 in the US

Idaho - Balance of Payments

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16,700,000,000

#38 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,465

#41 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$3,348,042,000

#46 in the US

Illinois - Balance of Payments

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84,609,000,000

#13 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$10,232

#14 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$64,854,111,000

#4 in the US

Indiana - Balance of Payments

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57,546,000,000

#18 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,668

#40 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$23,841,296,000

#15 in the US

Iowa - Balance of Payments

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25,155,000,000

#34 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,089

#31 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$6,250,299,000

#39 in the US

Kansas - Balance of Payments

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24,652,000,000

#35 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,566

#28 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$6,928,288,000

#37 in the US

Kentucky - Balance of Payments

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82,940,000,000

#14 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,625

#46 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$14,634,789,000

#22 in the US

Louisiana - Balance of Payments

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54,712,000,000

#20 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,960

#44 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$16,858,298,000

#20 in the US

Maine - Balance of Payments

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18,241,000,000

#37 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,702

#39 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$5,151,077,000

#41 in the US

Maryland - Balance of Payments

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91,613,000,000

#10 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$11,361

#8 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$29,359,300,000

#12 in the US

Massachusetts - Balance of Payments

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53,789,000,000

#21 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$14,003

#2 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$77,321,138,000

#3 in the US

Michigan - Balance of Payments

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101,310,000,000

#8 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,310

#29 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$34,402,762,000

#9 in the US

Minnesota - Balance of Payments

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35,107,000,000

#28 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$10,448

#12 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$17,400,637,000

#19 in the US

Mississippi - Balance of Payments

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37,713,000,000

#26 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$5,733

#50 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$7,288,707,000

#35 in the US

Missouri - Balance of Payments

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62,645,000,000

#16 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,855

#37 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$18,969,986,000

#18 in the US

Montana - Balance of Payments

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12,702,000,000

#43 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,056

#32 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$2,725,873,000

#48 in the US

Nebraska - Balance of Payments

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13,776,000,000

#41 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,952

#24 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$2,585,834,000

#49 in the US

Nevada - Balance of Payments

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26,996,000,000

#32 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,940

#25 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$3,652,724,000

#44 in the US

New Hampshire - Balance of Payments

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10,107,000,000

#46 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$11,617

#7 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$7,543,417,000

#34 in the US

New Jersey - Balance of Payments

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44,274,000,000

#22 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$12,910

#3 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$64,058,342,000

#5 in the US

New Mexico - Balance of Payments

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31,350,000,000

#31 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,570

#47 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$7,267,902,000

#36 in the US

New York - Balance of Payments

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136,240,000,000

#5 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$12,575

#4 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$156,004,196,000

#1 in the US

North Carolina - Balance of Payments

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95,625,000,000

#9 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,938

#35 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$15,098,522,000

#21 in the US

North Dakota - Balance of Payments

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7,655,000,000

#49 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$10,393

#13 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$3,017,509,000

#47 in the US

Ohio - Balance of Payments

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115,881,000,000

#7 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,853

#38 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$30,412,376,000

#10 in the US

Oklahoma - Balance of Payments

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43,129,000,000

#23 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,967

#43 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$7,804,816,000

#31 in the US

Oregon - Balance of Payments

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37,009,000,000

#27 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,071

#21 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$14,600,436,000

#23 in the US

Pennsylvania - Balance of Payments

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132,380,000,000

#6 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,597

#15 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$51,734,691,000

#7 in the US

Rhode Island - Balance of Payments

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12,336,000,000

#44 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,518

#17 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$9,371,823,000

#30 in the US

South Carolina - Balance of Payments

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56,886,000,000

#19 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,405

#42 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$12,896,315,000

#26 in the US

South Dakota - Balance of Payments

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8,952,000,000

#47 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,921

#26 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$3,855,938,000

#43 in the US

Tennessee - Balance of Payments

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68,183,000,000

#15 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$7,874

#36 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$6,858,341,000

#38 in the US

Texas - Balance of Payments

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191,290,000,000

#2 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$9,090

#20 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$57,886,725,000

#6 in the US

Utah - Balance of Payments

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16,321,000,000

#39 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,114

#30 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$7,593,692,000

#32 in the US

Vermont - Balance of Payments

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8,919,000,000

#48 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,964

#23 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$3,563,173,000

#45 in the US

Virginia - Balance of Payments

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167,503,000,000

#4 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$10,638

#11 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$29,340,896,000

#13 in the US

Washington - Balance of Payments

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40,726,000,000

#25 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$12,151

#5 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$29,658,660,000

#11 in the US

West Virginia - Balance of Payments

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25,335,000,000

#33 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$6,116

#49 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$11,625,729,000

#27 in the US

Wisconsin - Balance of Payments

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41,191,000,000

#24 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$8,974

#22 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$22,446,313,000

#16 in the US

Wyoming - Balance of Payments

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5,938,000,000

#50 in the US

FEDERAL AID PER CAPITA BY STATEhelp

$11,301

#9 in the US

STATE DEBThelp

$949,280,000

#50 in the US

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