State of the States

In 2015, the Ecological Deficit Day of the United States landed on July 14, according to our new report, "State of the States: A New Perspective on the Wealth of Our Nation," co-authored by Earth Economics.

A Twitter chat on the report was hosted on July 14, 2015, at #USAfootprint. To view the Twitter chat, go here.

"State of the States" details the Ecological Footprint and resource availability of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report finds that resource consumption and availability varies dramatically state by state.

Highlights from the report include:

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Ecological Wealth of the 50 States (download Excel table)

State Population Gross Domestic Product, 2014 Life Expectancy at Birth Human Development Index Carbon Footprint Non-carbon Footprint Total Ecological Footprint Biocapacity
(millions) (chained 2009 dollars per capita) (years) (global acres per person) (global acres per person) (global acres per person) (global acres per person)
United States 310,384,000 49,469 78.9 5.03 11.5 5.7 17.2 9.3
Alabama 4,779,736 37,593 75.4 4.04 11.2 5.1 16.3 14.8
Alaska 710,231 66,160 78.3 5.06 13.1 6.2 19.2 510.9
Arizona 6,392,017 38,743 79.6 4.89 10.3 5.4 15.8 1.1
Arkansas 2,915,918 37,334 76.0 3.91 10.6 4.8 15.4 24.8
California 37,253,956 54,462 80.8 5.40 10.5 6.0 16.5 1.9
Colorado 5,029,196 52,214 80.0 5.53 13.4 6.6 20.0 5.8
Connecticut 3,574,097 64,676 80.8 6.17 13.7 7.8 21.5 2.0
Delaware 897,934 60,551 78.4 5.22 16.6 6.8 23.4 3.4
District of Columbia 601,723 159,386 76.5 6.08 15.8 6.3 22.0 0.2
Florida 18,801,310 38,690 79.4 4.82 10.9 5.2 16.0 4.6
Georgia 9,687,653 43,131 77.2 4.62 11.6 5.4 17.0 8.2
Hawaii 1,360,301 49,686 81.3 5.53 11.3 5.8 17.1 -
Idaho 1,567,582 35,235 79.5 4.50 9.5 5.8 15.3 17.0
Illinois 12,830,632 52,827 79.0 5.31 11.3 5.8 17.2 5.9
Indiana 6,483,802 43,861 77.6 4.56 13.1 6.0 19.1 7.7
Iowa 3,046,355 49,075 79.7 5.03 13.9 6.6 20.5 21.0
Kansas 2,853,118 45,765 78.7 4.96 13.1 6.0 19.1 26.2
Kentucky 4,339,367 38,938 76.0 4.02 14.2 5.3 19.5 13.9
Louisiana 4,533,372 46,448 75.7 4.12 12.0 5.3 17.3 13.1
Maine 1,328,361 38,327 79.2 4.93 10.1 5.7 15.8 30.5
Maryland 5,773,552 53,759 78.8 5.94 16.9 7.4 24.3 2.5
Massachusetts 6,547,629 63,005 80.5 6.16 12.0 6.6 18.6 1.7
Michigan 9,883,640 42,110 78.2 4.76 11.2 5.5 16.6 11.8
Minnesota 5,303,925 52,801 81.1 5.69 12.4 6.4 18.8 16.9
Mississippi 2,967,297 31,551 75.0 3.81 10.7 4.9 15.6 21.7
Missouri 5,988,927 42,854 77.5 4.60 13.4 6.1 19.5 16.2
Montana 989,415 38,539 78.5 4.54 10.9 5.2 16.1 54.3
Nebraska 1,826,341 52,724 79.8 5.11 13.5 6.7 20.3 38.1
Nevada 2,700,551 42,539 78.1 4.63 11.8 6.4 18.2 4.1
New Hampshire 1,316,470 49,951 80.3 5.73 13.6 7.8 21.4 8.8
New Jersey 8,791,894 56,405 80.3 6.12 11.9 6.8 18.7 1.3
New Mexico 2,059,179 40,081 78.4 4.52 11.3 5.5 16.8 11.9
New York 19,378,102 64,818 80.5 5.66 9.3 5.0 14.2 3.5
North Carolina 9,535,483 44,281 77.8 4.57 12.2 5.4 17.6 7.6
North Dakota 672,591 65,225 79.5 4.90 15.2 6.7 22.0 38.5
Ohio 11,536,504 45,887 77.8 4.71 12.4 5.8 18.3 5.5
Oklahoma 3,751,351 41,871 75.9 4.14 13.4 5.6 19.1 20.2
Oregon 3,831,074 51,329 79.5 4.86 9.8 5.9 15.7 17.4
Pennsylvania 12,702,379 47,637 78.5 5.07 10.4 5.4 15.8 4.9
Rhode Island 1,052,567 47,901 79.9 5.38 11.4 6.2 17.5 1.5
South Carolina 4,625,364 36,125 77.0 4.35 10.7 5.2 16.0 9.3
South Dakota 814,180 46,688 79.5 4.79 11.2 6.1 17.3 72.3
Tennessee 6,346,105 42,115 76.3 4.22 11.3 5.0 16.3 9.9
Texas 25,145,561 54,433 78.5 4.65 12.8 5.8 18.6 6.7
Utah 2,763,885 43,555 80.2 5.03 14.8 7.1 22.0 5.0
Vermont 625,741 43,354 80.5 5.31 10.2 6.5 16.7 19.5
Virginia 8,001,024 51,338 79.0 5.47 17.0 7.7 24.6 7.4
Washington 6,724,540 55,298 79.9 5.40 10.6 6.3 17.0 10.6
West Virginia 1,852,994 36,769 75.4 3.95 13.9 5.3 19.2 19.4
Wisconsin 5,686,986 46,665 80.0 5.16 12.9 6.3 19.2 14.1
Wyoming 563,626 64,309 78.3 4.83 13.9 6.5 20.4 39.8

Data Table References
Population: 2010 U.S. Census
GDP, 2014: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Life Expectancy at Birth: Measure of America Human Development Index (HDI) and Supplemental Indicators 2013–2014
Human Development Index: Measure of America Human Development Index (HDI) and Supplemental Indicators 2013–2014. The American HDI is a composite measure of health, education, and income indices.