Top Ten Most Self-Sufficient States In the United States

What state do you think could keep themself together? Could it be Alaska, California, or any state?

The Top Ten

1 California California

California produces the biggest percentage of America's produce. California leads the nation in energy, technology, and entertainment. If California were to strike out on its own California would see more upside than downside. While the rest of America would deal with price surges in fruits and vegetables, California would likely see an economic boom.

I don't think California could stay alive with mostly Democrats they would not have to many weapons and with there large population I dougt they could survive

California grows over 2/3 of the nations food and has one of the biggest tourism industries

California is a meme.

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2 Texas Texas Texas is a state in the USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.

Texas really should be number one although California has a pretty big economy even when compared to Texas and is tie or pretty close to Texas across the bored Texas has one big advantage. low taxes and government. Toyota just moved in FROM CALIFORNIA if both where to strike out on there own I think that over time that Texas would eventually emerge as the clear victor. not to mention that Texas has a large group of devoted citizens who would practically die to support it. I mean every time I walk out and see an american flag right next to it is a Texan flag something that I have never seen in any other state.

Texas is the only energy independent state, it even has its own electrical grid while other states have to share with each other.

Texas has a great economy mainly based around oil, but there are many others. Not to mention Texas was its own country once, and I'm sure they could make it work somehow. Others that could be self sufficient are California, New York, and Alaska.

Texas should keep the Democratis and the big government out and it will be my next state! I live in California and it's a joke, Democrats are ruining this beautiful state

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3 Michigan Michigan

California and the West couldn't last a year without the water provided by the Great Lakes. Michigan has everything it needs in theory. It has plenty of fresh water. It has plenty of farms with plenty of variety (second only to California, but again, how is California going to water those crops without Michigan? ). It has the now-profitable Big Three car companies. It has the untapped goldmine of resources in the Upper Peninsula. Coal, lumber, oil, you name it is up in the UP. It has a strong tourism economy (so much so that they have a law saying public schools must start after Labor Day to encourage tourism). The only state that can compete with Michigan is Texas because they have lots of military bases and oil, whereas Michigan only has enough of those for itself. But again, Texas doesn't strike me as overflowing with fresh water nor farms.

Michigan is the most self sufficient it has the factories in Detroit the cherries in traverse city all the medical support you would need in Grand Rapids it's got the timber and wildlife in northern Michigan and has control over the Mackinaw bridge and to top all that it has plenty of farms all over the state and plenty of guns for protection against those who would try to steal from there riches so yeah Michigan is by far the most self sufficient!

Michigan grows more food then Colorado and Wyoming combined it also has control of the auto industry besides that it has tons of copper and coil in the UP and with Detroit coming back as a leading business city and with more wood than any other state really is it even a question who's the most self sufficient

Michigan has the resources necessary. Plenty of fresh water, as well as more natural resources in the U.P. We're doing great agriculturally, and we house a sizable part of the auto industry, as well as a good (but not overly large) population.

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4 New York New York

An extremely large population that would be hard to feed without imports and you never want to rely on imports for your sustenance

Home to one of the most developed cities in the world, it would be a prosperous place if the crisis of the US splitting were to happen. - Turkeyasylum

5 Idaho Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Idaho has a low population it would be easy for them to grow enough food to survive

Why is Idaho on this list anyway?

Because Idaho is a heck of a lot more self sufficient than California. - BrideiMacBella

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6 Alaska Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

Alaska is resource-rich, and its small population could lead to instant money. But, they shouldn't burn down all the glaciers. - Turkeyasylum

7 Ohio Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

I like my home state but it's not in a good place if the borders with PA and IN close. Rationally, I had to vote for MI here. - bagel

I think that it's because they won the national championship. My state.

Ohio is the one better then Louisianan and and are extremely nice but they love to do the finger and pic their butts and noses sorry people in Ohio but you guys really do it

8 Washington Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

Seattle, as well as a high amount of food growth. - Turkeyasylum

Smoke weed everyday

9 North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889.

I think North Dakota could survive but what about the savages? And North Dakota has tons of peep squeaks that run a round and mine oil...

Oil has been discovered there, and it's being mined as we speak. - Turkeyasylum

10 Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Wisconsin is the dairy state by trading with Michigan for supplies they could stay alive with there low population

Is it possible cheese exports could keep the state alive? - Turkeyasylum

The Contenders

11 Vermont Vermont

Vermont has a small population, yet they are extremely smart. - Turkeyasylum

12 Louisiana Louisiana

The absolute most sufficient state. A true Louisiana native can survive anything, anywhere and for any period of time. Don't get caught in the swamp after dark if you don't have any friends here. Most importantly we help each other, Lake Charles, La is the fastest growing city in the US and many nations are consulting this great state on methods, policies and procedures concerning rebuilding and resilience. Once revival hits us, there won't be any stopping us, God bless Louisiana.

Who said most powerful? This was the most self sufficient. If you want to talk warfare La sinks a couple of ships north of Baton Rouge in the Mississippi in October they cut the entire central portion of the country off from fresh fruits and vegetables from central and South America, heating oil, etc. As far as seeing bombings, radar sights can see thru rain. You can bomb all you want if you can't put in ground troops who cares blow the bridges and see what happens about getting in.

Louisiana has its foot in almost every industry from tech to agriculture, it's resource rich, and its population is just right in regards to self sustainability; that being, its population isn't too large to be reliant on others for resources and isn't too small to lack in production of products. It's also the home to 3 of the USA's largest ports, as it controls the mouth of the nations longest and perhaps most valuable river.
In regards to California and Texas they would be able to sustain themselves well for the beginning of the term; however, both states are prone to droughts and water shortages which could, in the long term, lead to famine as the states try to satisfy the needs of their large populations.

Let's combine Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Arkansas & all the rest can go to hell

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13 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Its name is of Siouan derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians.
14 Florida Florida

Without a doubt Florida would definitely be one of the most self sufficient states. Floridas agricultural is thriving year round because of the temperate climate along with the ocean to provide food. Fuel is not a problem in Florida because many cities are nuclear powered and the potential of rich untapped oil resources offshore. Lots of timber, manpower, tourism, solar energy the list goes on...

Florida has the potential to produce more produce than that of california at a cheaper cost since it wouldn't need to run as much irrigation and we can grow year round. As for oil we can drill for it off shore and being nearly surrounded by water means that there is a booming fishing industry. florida is one of the leaders in tourism in the entire country and it's citizens take their 2nd amendment seriously so it would definitely be able to defend itself. the only problem I see would be a lack of mineral resources such as iron and coal.

15 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.

With lots of farmland, transportation infrastructure and access to international trade, Georgia would have a fighting chance to make it on the outside.

16 Missouri Missouri Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.

If the states were to separate, Missouri would do just fine. We have an extensive agriculture base, and enough access to the raw materials for our industry to prosper. As for oil...we'll steal it from Oklahoma and Arkansas.

17 Virginia Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

It has large ports in Norfolk, strong agricultural, defense, and extraction industries, multiple nuclear power plants, and a large future in wind powe.

A very underrated state I'm glad to be in.


18 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Needs to be above Mississippi. - SteelCity99

19 Maine Maine

I think with there low population they could catch fish and hunt dear to stay alive also the do grow a little food there

20 Arizona Arizona

Arizona has a very small population I think it could survive

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