As Washington bickering and the partial government shutdown threatens to drag into week three, many Americans are feeling the fallout. Now adding fuel to the debate, a personal finance portal has released an intriguing study that analyzed population groups such as students and senior citizens to measure states most and least likely to be affected by a prolonged government freeze.
WalletHub, an online finance portal, didn't survey individuals. It instead analyzed public data sources and based its rankings on seven metrics. Those measurements include federal workers per capita, small-business lending per capita and student aid applications per capita, among other factors. (The report's full methodology can be found here.)
WalletHub found states won by the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential election could be hit disproportionately hard by a drawn out government shutdown.
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Fifteen red states rank in the top 25 of the study's overall "at-risk" rankings. Those 15 red states are Alaska, Alabama, Idaho, South Dakota, Missouri, Utah, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, Wyoming, Tennessee and Kentucky.