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Rankings - Overall

1. New Hampshire 2. Alaska 3. Oklahoma 4. Indiana 5. South Dakota 6. Tennessee 7. Idaho 8. Florida 9. Iowa 10. Arizona 11. Colorado 12. Nevada 13. North Dakota 14. Wyoming 15. South Carolina 16. Kansas 17. Montana
18. Missouri 19. North Carolina 20. Utah 21. Virginia 22. Georgia 23. Alabama 24. Michigan 25. Nebraska 26. Pennsylvania 27. Wisconsin 28. Texas 29. Arkansas 30. New Mexico 31. Delaware 32. Washington 33. Massachusetts 34. Louisiana
35. Ohio 36. Mississippi 37. Oregon 38. Minnesota 39. West Virginia 40. Vermont 41. Kentucky 42. Maine 43. Rhode Island 44. Illinois 45. Connecticut 46. Maryland 47. New Jersey 48. Hawaii 49. California 50. New York

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How the Rankings Are Calculated

We score all 50 states on over 200 policies encompassing fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom. We weight public policies according to the estimated costs that government restrictions on freedom impose on their victims.

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The Authors

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William P. Ruger

William P. Ruger is Vice President of Policy and Research at the Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation. Ruger is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and a coauthor of The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and other outlets. Ruger earned an AB from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in politics from Brandeis University. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

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Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is Lecturer in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His primary research interests include fiscal federalism, public policy in federal systems, secessionism, and ethnic politics. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and other academic journals, and his book Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2012. Sorens received his BA in economics and philosophy, with honors, from Washington and Lee University and his PhD in political science from Yale University.