The Most Independent States
WalletHub wanted to get a sense of just how free Americans are feeling, money-wise. So, it did a study to identify 2017’s Most Independent States and conducted a nationally representative Fourth of July Credit Card Survey.
2017’s Most Independent States
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Montana has the lowest percentage of private industry workers employed by foreign-owned firms, at 1.9 percent. That’s 4.3 times lower than South Carolina, which registers the highest rate, at 8.2 percent.
- Pennsylvania has the lowest percentage of government workers (local, state and federal), at 10.8 percent. Alaska has the nation’s highest percentage, at 25.1 percent.
- New Hampshire has the lowest percentage of residents below the poverty line, at 8.9 percent — 2.5 times lower than in Mississippi (22.5 percent).
Fourth of July Credit Card Survey
- 39% of 4th of July shoppers will not earn rewards on their purchases.
- Almost half (47%) of Americans trust their credit card company more than President Trump, Congress and the media.
- 45% of Americans are prouder of their credit score than their country. The national average credit score is 669.
- More people would rather declare independence from social media (15%) than bad credit (11%).
- 47% of Americans think the government tracks our credit card spending.
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