Virginia, home to major naval and Marine bases and several suburbs of the nation’s capital, topped all states in per capita federal spending last year, the Census Bureau reported today.
The federal government spent $5,953.71 per resident in Virginia in 1988, moving it past Alaska to claim the top ranking. Alaska slipped to third, New Mexico was second and Maryland was fourth. Only those four states managed to receive federal spending of $5,000 or more per capita, largely a result of military bases or location near Washington. California ranked 16th.