We’ve posted before on the top conservative and liberal cities in the United States, the lowest to highest taxes by state, and even polled you for the most pro and anti constitution states, now we ask the question – how free is your state?
Different people value aspects of freedom differently, however I recently came across this rank ordered list of states from the Mercatus Center – George Mason University.
The overall ranking is a combination of freedoms from categories including fiscal, regulatory, personal, economic, liability, property rights, tax burden, and many more.
The top five most free states (according to their weighting methodology)
North and South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma.
The least free states (according to their weighting methodology)
Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and New York.
1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
4. New Hampshire
15. South Carolina
21. New Mexico
24. North Carolina
42. West Virginia
46. Rhode Island
48. New Jersey
50. New York
What do you think about this list? Does it seem reasonable based on your notions of freedom coupled with your experiences or knowledge of these locations?
If you were unshackled, where would be your preferred destination for freedom?