With the 4th of July coming up, I guess it's time to gauge how independent we really are, and judge everyone who's less independent than us.

The real estate website WalletHub just ran a study where they ranked all 50 states from the most independent to the least.

They based their rankings on five different types of dependence: Financial dependency, based on things like credit scores and debt... government dependency, like benefit usage and people working federal jobs...

Job market dependency, like job growth and unemployment rates... international trade dependency, like jobs supported by exporting... and vice dependency, like drug use rates and average time spent watching online porn.

And after all that, the 11 most independent states are:

  1. Utah
  2. Nebraska
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Minnesota
  5. Colorado
  6. Wisconsin
  7. South Dakota
  8. Virginia
  9. Hawaii
  10. Kansas
  11. Iowa

The 10 least independent states are:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Alaska
  3. Mississippi
  4. Louisiana
  5. South Carolina
  6. Alabama
  7. West Virginia
  8. Indiana
  9. Tennessee
  10. Oregon

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