Warning: The 10 States Granting the Least Freedom [and the Top 10 Freest States]

Craig Huey Government, Congress, and Politics 4 Comments


The Nanny State…


These terms best describe governments that abuse freedom of choice … and that restrict and limit religious freedom and economic freedom.

When governments restrict individual freedoms:

  • Economic opportunity is stifled
  • Everyone – especially the middle class and the poor – is impacted by higher costs and fewer choices

Ranked from #1 for allowing the most freedom to #50 for allowing the least freedom, here are the bottom 10 – the worst – state governments that offer the least freedom and opportunity to its citizens:

  1. New York
    49. Hawaii
    48. California
    47. New Jersey
    46. Vermont
    45. Maryland
    44. Oregon
    43. Delaware
    42. Rhode Island
    41. New Mexico

And here are the top 10 states allowing the most freedom and opportunity:

  1. Florida
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Indiana
  4. Colorado
  5. Nevada
  6. North Dakota
  7. Tennessee
  8. South Dakota
  9. Arizona
  10. Kansas

More than 230 policy variables covering a broad range of categories – including taxation, debt, eminent domain laws, occupational licensing, drug policies and educational choices, to name just a few – were evaluated, weighted and combined to come up with the overall rankings.

For example, California scored poor on fiscal and regulatory policies, taxation, and economic freedom – contributing to its horrific ranking of #48.

Other notations about California’s ranking:

  • It’s the poorest state in the nation – due primarily to its high cost of housing.
  • It’s the “most cronyist state” in the nation – largely due to its “extensive and strict” occupational licensing requirements.
  • It’s one of the worst states on land-use freedom.

You can watch a short video about the rankings (2 ½ minutes) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=jA3a2vWgS9w

You can see the full report here: https://www.freedominthe50states.org/


What do you think? Write me at craig@craighuey.com

Comments 4

  1. I live in CA and AZ. When I drive to AZ and reach its border, I raise my arm and shout “freedom”. Going from AZ to CA, my heart hurts for the lack of freedom and the oppressive heavy hand of government. I pray tise who love CA politics do NOT go to AZ.

  2. Sad that more people don’t realize what is happening to our state. The lack of involvement is like that on the ’30’s and look what happened then. We need to vote these people out of Sacramento. We need to take a friend to the polls, we need to not be afraid to speak up. I know it’s hard, but if we don’t this state will be ruined forever.

  3. Wake up California !! Vote out those who continue to tax us and run this
    beautiful state in the ground. Those in power act like gods who rule over us, not as those who serve us, as they are supposed to be. PLEASE WAKE UP PEOPLE! VOTE THEM OUT THIS NOVEMBER!!

  4. I’m afraid that it is too late for California. The leftist gangsters who run the state and many local governments despise the hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding middle class. They have made housing much more scarce than it would otherwise be by putting up roadblocks to housing developers; now housing is not affordable for many people, including me, in California.

    So I moved to Oregon, which unfortunately, although it is not as bad, is still a junior California politically. Another alternative I was considering was Colorado, which is #4 on your list. But the best deal I could find on housing and health care was in Salem OR. So now I have to make the best of it here.

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