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Table 42
State & Local Welfare Spending Per Capita, 1996
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 NEW YORK $1,377   27 Georgia $638
2 Alaska 1,027   28 Arkansas 632
3 Maine 1,026   29 Iowa 627
4 Minnesota 1,003   30 North Carolina 626
5 Massachusetts 949   31 Nebraska 616
6 New Jersey 888   32 North Dakota 613
7 New Hampshire 886   33 Montana 597
8 Rhode Island 876   34 Arizona 593
9 West Virginia 870   35 Mississippi 592
10 Connecticut 860   36 Maryland 584
11 Vermont 857   37 Colorado 561
12 Pennsylvania 818 38 South Dakota 559
13 Hawaii 772 39 Indiana 555
14 Wisconsin 761 40 Alabama 554
15 California 756 41 Missouri 550
16 Illinois 745 42 Texas 536
17 Kentucky 718 43 Wyoming 533
18 Tennessee 709 44 Florida 513
19 Ohio 707 45 Oklahoma 493
20 Michigan 705 46 Virginia 493
21 South Carolina 692 47 Utah 480
22 Washington 687 48 Idaho 471
23 Louisiana 684 49 Kansas 440
24 New Mexico 683 50 Nevada 436
25 Oregon 664 U.S. average $729
26 Delaware 639 N.Y.S. % above avg. 88.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau data; calculations by The Public Policy Institute
The Census Bureau includes cash benefits as well as Medicaid
and some other payments in its definition of "welfare."

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