Study: Iowa is the state least affected by the government shutdown
Thursday, October 10, 2013 3:09 PM
Does it seem like you haven't personally felt any effects of the partial federal government shutdown? Well, you might be right.
Iowa is the state that is least affected by the shutdown, according to a study done by WalletHub, an online financial portal.
The study looked at publicly available data to determine which states would be the most affected based on seven metrics, such as federal workers per capita and federal contract dollars per capita. It ranked each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Iowa did not rank in the top 10 for "most affected" for any of the seven categories.
Virginia was the most affected state. Alaska was No. 2, Alabama No. 3, the District of Columbia No. 4 and Maine No. 5.
For Midwestern states, South Dakota and Missouri were the most affected, coming in at 12th and 13th overall on the list. Most other surrounding states are less affected. Kansas was No. 43 overall, Nebraska No. 45, Wisconsin No. 47 and Minnesota No. 48.
Other metrics used in the study were small business lending per capita, real estate as percentage of gross state product, Social Security payments per capita, student aid applications per capita and number of veterans per capita.