Government Dependent Counties – Voting Patterns

Here is the election breakdown and demographics from America’s 100 most welfare-dependent counties. Statistics on welfare dependence are drawn from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and comes with a big thank you to Brian Kelsey at Civic Analytics.

Area % TPI Rank Obama Total Racial Majority
Owsley, KY 54.5% 1 17.9% White
Wolfe, KY 52.8% 2 38.1% White
McCreary, KY 52.8% 3 18.7% White
Holmes, MS 49.1% 4 84.1% Black
Lake, TN 48.8% 5 42.4% White
Magoffin, KY 48.1% 6 29.2% White
Hancock, GA 47.6% 7 80.9% Black
Hickory, MO 47.5% 8 37.0% White
Lee, KY 47.2% 9 22.7% White
Hancock, TN 47.1% 10 23.2% White
Clay, KY 47.0% 11 15.0% White
Menifee, KY 46.2% 13 40.3% White
Cumberland, KY 45.9% 14 21.0% White
Breathitt, KY 45.6% 16 31.2% White
Bell, KY 45.1% 17 23.5% White
Sharp, AR 45.1% 18 28.7% White
Clinton, KY 44.9% 19 17.1% White
Jackson, KY 44.6% 20 12.1% White
Leslie, KY 44.6% 21 8.7% White
Wilcox, AL 44.2% 23 74.3% Black
Scott, TN 43.7% 26 21.8% White
Grundy, TN 43.6% 27 38.8% White
Elliott, KY 43.4% 28 49.4% White
Ripley, MO 43.3% 29 26.5% White
Starr, TX 43.3% 30 86.3% Hispanic
Jefferson, MS 43.3% 31 89.1% Black
Estill, KY 43.2% 32 26.2% White
Ozark, MO 43.1% 34 28.3% White
McDowell, WV 43.0% 35 34.1% White
Wayne, MO 42.9% 37 31.7% White
Sumter, FL 42.9% 38 32.3% White
Mora, NM 42.9% 40 74.9% Hispanic
Summers, WV 42.9% 41 34.2% White
Apache, AZ 42.9% 42 66.2% Native Am.
Harlan, KY 42.6% 44 17.2% White
Lewis, KY 42.5% 45 28.1% White
Reynolds, MO 42.5% 46 36.1% White
San Augustine, TX 42.4% 47 32.3% White
Hall, TX 42.3% 48 23.9% White
Martin, KY 42.1% 49 15.0% White
Monroe, KY 42.1% 50 19.7% White
Claiborne, MS 42.1% 51 88.2% Black
Wayne, KY 42.0% 52 25.7% White
Dixie, FL 41.9% 53 25.9% White
Calhoun, WV 41.5% 54 37.1% White
Webster, MS 41.2% 55 22.7% White
Pickett, TN 41.2% 57 29.0% White
Perry, TN 41.1% 58 37.8% White
Oregon, MO 41.0% 60 32.1% White
Fentress, TN 41.0% 61 22.6% White
Whitley, KY 41.0% 62 20.5% White
Knott, KY 40.9% 63 24.9% White
Shannon, MO 40.8% 64 35.3% White
Webster, WV 40.8% 65 34.4% White
Brooks, TX 40.8% 66 78.5% Hispanic
Telfair, GA 40.7% 68 41.6% White
Sabine, TX 40.7% 69 17.6% White
Carter, MO 40.7% 70 26.9% White
Knox, KY 40.6% 71 22.4% White
Sierra, NM 40.5% 72 38.5% White
Cherokee, NC 40.4% 74 26.3% White
Humphreys, MS 40.3% 75 74.9% Black
Sharkey, MS 40.3% 76 70.4% Black
Wayne, TN 40.2% 77 21.2% White
Quitman, MS 40.2% 78 71.3% Black
Searcy, AR 40.2% 79 22.0% White
Iron, MO 40.0% 80 41.4% White
Dickens, TX 40.0% 81 21.2% White
Stone, AR 40.0% 82 25.3% White
Benton, MS 39.9% 83 49.8% White
Metcalfe, KY 39.9% 84 34.1% White
Guadalupe, NM 39.8% 85 69.7% Hispanic
Johnson, GA 39.7% 86 34.6% White
Navajo, AZ 39.7% 87 45.2% Native Am.
Benton, MO 39.7% 89 31.9% White
McCormick, SC 39.6% 90 51.4% Black
Cocke, TN 39.5% 91 24.5% White
Perry, AL 39.4% 92 74.9% Black
Floyd, KY 39.4% 93 31.8% White
Letcher, KY 39.3% 94 19.4% White
Van Buren, TN 39.3% 95 38.0% White
Greene, TN 39.2% 96 26.1% White
Lawrence, KY 39.2% 97 27.2% White
Johnson, KY 39.2% 98 19.1% White
Marion, SC 39.1% 99 64.6% Black
Rockcastle, KY 39.0% 100 17.6% White
Montmorency, MI 46.9% 12 40.6% White
Roscommon, MI 45.7% 15 47.6% White
Oscoda, MI 44.3% 22 41.0% White
Shannon, SD 44.2% 24 93.4% Black
Iosco, MI 43.8% 25 46.8% White
Zavala, TX 43.2% 33 83.3% Hispanic
Ontonagon, MI 42.9% 36 44.8% White
Lake, MI 42.9% 39 52.1% White
Alcona, MI 42.7% 43 40.5% White
Alexander, IL 41.2% 56 56.1% White
Ogemaw, MI 41.1% 59 46.2% White
Gladwin, MI 40.7% 67 45.8% White
Huerfano, CO 40.5% 73 52.6% White
Luce, MI 39.7% 88 38.2% White
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