According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal government spent $10,612 per person domestically last year, including more than $5,000 for each individual for safety-net programs such as unemployment benefits, Social Security and housing assistance, The Washington Times reported.
States like Alaska and Virginia fared the best, receiving an average of $18,000 and $17,000 per person, respectively. Nevada was given the smallest allotment; the government spent less than $8,000 for each individual there.
If the District of Columbia were to be counted as a State, this region would have led the list of recipients, with more than $100,000 being spent on each individual, according to the Times.
The Oklahoman reported that the Federal government spent $3.3 trillion domestically in the fiscal year 2010, with $1.6 trillion of the funding going to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Spending in Oklahoma rose by $233 million from 2009, and from 2001 to 2010 it increased by up to 70 percent.