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Most Profitable States for Government Contractors

States with the Highest Federal Spending in FY14

In fiscal year 2014, the federal government marked over $400 billion in contract spend.  Contracts performed in Virginia accounted for nearly $52 billion of this total.  Virginia has maintained the number one spot since it pulled ahead of California in fiscal year 2010.  The DC Metro area – to include Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland – took in nearly 25% of total federal contract spend.

While federal contract spend has declined slightly since fiscal year 2008, a few states experienced an increase in spending from fiscal year 2008 to 2014.  Colorado and Minnesota saw an increase of more than $2 billion during this time, while Maryland, Washington State, and DC had an increase of approximately $1.5 billion each in contract spend.

FY2014 Federal Contract Spend by Place of Perfomance

State/Territory Contract Sales State/Territory Contract Sales
1. Virginia $51,972,976,237 29. Louisiana 3,408,612,977
2. California $45,819,668,413 30. Oklahoma $2,555,029,120
3. Texas $29,215,140,593 31. Hawaii $2,416,561,329
4. Maryland $27,626,088,605 32. Idaho $2,335,766,567
5. District of Columbia $18,686,607,889 33. Nevada $2,282,358,603
6. Pennsylvania $16,633,465,305 34. Utah $2,280,479,170
7. Connecticut $13,686,714,159 35. Wisconsin $2,190,215,636
8. Florida $13,547,468,864 36. Kansas $1,942,417,437
9. Massachusetts $12,572,342,647 37. Alaska $1,916,786,023
10. Washington $11,771,022,739 38. Iowa $1,734,912,379
11. Alabama $10,538,850,267 39. Maine $1,553,483,751
12. New York $9,811,849,470 40. New Hampshire $1,501,807,993
13. Arizona $9,770,582,265 41. West Virginia $1,318,928,618
14. Colorado $9,702,053,286 42. Oregon $1,216,083,931
15. Missouri $9,033,150,740 43. Arkansas $1,148,685,049
16. Georgia $8,742,942,175 44. Nebraska $1,122,385,306
17. Illinois $7,517,471,783 45. Rhode Island $929,061,712
18. New Mexico $7,500,772,549 46. Guam $743,468,661
19. New Jersey $6,852,178,833 47. South Dakota $604,123,227
20. Kentucky $6,794,683,522 48. Montana $543,951,825
21. Tennessee $6,628,067,151 49. North Dakota $531,801,419
22. Ohio $6,273,239,740 50. Delaware $511,002,727
23. South Carolina $5,589,183,750 51. Puerto Rico $479,269,924
24. Minnesota $5,103,243,648 52. Vermont $294,412,078
25. North Carolina $4,841,385,142 53. Wyoming $279,543,483
26. Michigan $4,704,130,284 54. U.S. Virgin Islands $14,113,841
27. Mississippi $3,707,632,772 55. Northern Mariana Islands $6,415,983
28. Indiana $3,485,899,346 56. American Samoa $4,749,604

Source: USASpending.gov