The Freest States For Off-Grid Living

This edition of Freedom in the 50 States presents a completely revised and updated ranking of the American states based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms.
This edition again improves upon the methodology for weighting and combining state and local policies in order to create a comprehensive index. Authors William Ruger and Jason Sorens introduce many new policy variables suggested by readers. More than 230 policy variables and their sources are now available to the public on a new website for the study. Scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens can assign new weights to every policy and create customized indices of freedom, or download the data for their own analyses. Which American states interfere with your life the least?

The five freest states are:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Indiana
  4. South Dakota
  5. Alaska


45. Connecticut
46. Maryland
47. New Jersey
48. Hawaii
49. California
50. New York


Learn more at Freedom in the 50 States.

Which American states interfere with your life the least?


2 Responses to “The Freest States For Off-Grid Living”

  1. Phil Brooke says:

    My feelings are certain counties in any state take a fairly hands off approach too.

  2. Le says:

    Question: Did states improve their ranking bc of deregulation, or did other states impose more regulations which just made them better by comparison?

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