Citizens and companies in every US state pay taxes to the government, but the resources and services that come from this collective funding aren’t distributed equally. Depending on a state’s level of need, population, and other factors, some states receive far more federal funding than others.
The New York State Comptroller conducted a study on exactly this for fiscal year 2017. It found that New Jersey sees more of its taxes leave the state than any other, $24.75 billion that year, and on the flip side, New Mexico received $20.096 billion more from the federal government than its citizens and corporations paid. Based on the state’s population, that amounts to a net gain of nearly $10,000 per person.
See how much your state gains or loses in taxes. A positive number indicates more money going back to the state than is paid out, while a negative number means the state is contributing more than it gets back.