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
3. South Dakota
10. North Dakota
Here's the least free states in the U.S.:
1. New York
2. New Jersey
3. Rhode Island
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.