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The impact of the military on every state economy

  • 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

    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

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

  • #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

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

  • #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

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

  • #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

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

  • #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

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

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