Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Most Free States

Thanks to CLS over at the Classically Liberal blog for the heads up on this George Mason University study that came up with an index showing which states are the most free. Unlike other indexes that only rate economic freedom, this one also rates personal, or social, freedoms.

Unfortunately, looks like the study and index itself is only available in .pdf format (hate it when they do that). You can download the .pdf file from here if interested. For those that don't want to go through the hassle of the .pdf file, here's the top ten free states in the U.S. :

1. New Hampshire

2. Colorado
3. South Dakota
4. Idaho
5. Texas
6. Missouri
7. Tennessee
8. Arizona
9. Virginia
10. North Dakota

Here's the least free states in the U.S.:

1. New York
2. New Jersey
3. Rhode Island
4. California
5. Maryland
6. Hawaii
7. Washington
8. Massachusetts
9. Illinois
10. Connecticut

As CLS notes, if some other factors were taken into consideration, some states would see their scores decline. Some might see theirs improve. Hey, no rating system is perfect.

Thanks to CLS for making the info available.


At 8:26 AM, Anonymous heraldo said...

The New Hampshire motto is "Live free or die."

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Yep, and it was chosen as the state where freedom lovers should move to as part of the Free State Project.

Interesting that one of the other states being considered by the Free State Project, Wyoming, didn't make the top ten.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

What are we not free to do here in California? Own hand-grenades?

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Fred said...

No, my Authoritarian friend, it's illegal to own hand grenades in this country, much less this state.

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...


At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Texas, where the State is free to murder people, and does so with alarming regularity.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Obama: FALSE MESSIAH said...

Here's an interesting note. Compare unemployment rates economic freedom. Though not 100% accurate, you'll notice a strong correlation between employment and freedom. Also, Wyming has the lowest unemployment. So perhaps thats why the freestate project chose it. This study wasn't perfect, I would not be surprised if Wyoming was more free than this study shows.

That site has the unemployment rates.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in California we now must show ID and give a fingerprint to buy a maximum of 50 rounds of ammo at a time, Governor Schwarzenegger signed this. All guns are subject to registration and background check. All gun purchases are subject to a waiting period. Special attention needs to be exercised when transporting guns and ammo. Hand guns must be locked in a carrying case with ammo stowed separate. Here in Los Angeles a citizen needs a "wilderness permit" to use public lands. Sales tax in LA is 10%. California is a socialist republic. I am here taking care of my parents. When they pass, I am gone.

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What amazes me is, 'what gives our lawmakers the right to steal our rights away from us'. Keep voting Democrat and we'll have nothing left at all!


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