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2018’s States Most Dependent on Gun Industry – WalletHub Study

With gun sales in decline since President Donald Trump took office and with the recent Parkland school shooting prompting debates on guns and gun control, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.

To determine the states that depend most heavily [or enjoy the most profits] on the arms and ammunition industry, both directly for jobs, and political contributions, and indirectly through firearm ownership, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 16 key metrics.

The data set ranges from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate.

States Most Dependent on Gun Industry States Least Dependent on Gun Industry
1 Idaho 41 Illinois
2 Montana 42 California
3 Alaska 43 Massachusetts
4 South Dakota 44 Connecticut
5 Wyoming 45 Hawaii
6 Kentucky 46 New York
7 Arkansas 47 Delaware
8 Kansas 48 Rhode Island
9 Oklahoma 49 New Jersey
10 North Dakota 50 Maryland

Key Stats

  • Alaska has the highest gun ownership rate, 61.7 percent, 11.9 times higher than Delaware, which has the lowest at 5.2 percent.
  • Idaho has the most firearms-industry jobs per 10,000 residents, 40.05, 19.4 times more than New Jersey, which has the fewest at 2.06.
  • Connecticut has the highest average firearms-industry wages and benefits, $75,708, 2.2 times higher than in New Mexico, which has the lowest at $34,416.
  • New Hampshire has the highest total firearms-industry output per capita $732.54, 26.7 times higher than Hawaii, which has the lowest at $27.40.
  • Wyoming has the highest total taxes paid by the firearms industry per capita, $9.34, 14.8 times higher than New York, which has lowest at $0.63.

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