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Which States are the Most Free? This Map Shows Americans Where to Live If They Crave Liberty

The John Locke Foundation, a North Carolinian think tank, created an index to rate the freedom of individual states. The ratings were determined by giving 50% weight to fiscal policy (a measure of taxation and budget policy), 20% to educational policy, 20% to regulatory policy, and 10% to health care policy:

  • The most free states in order from most free to 5th most free are: Florida, Arizona, Indiana, South Dakota, and Georgia.
  • The least free states in order from worst to 5th worse are: New York, New Jersey, California, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
  • The most fiscally free states are: South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Texas, and Florida.
  • The most educationally free states are: Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, and Louisiana.
  • The states most free from regulation are: Iowa, Georgia, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
  • The states most free in health-care choice are: Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Indiana.

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Source: John Locke Foundation, “First in Freedom Index,” February 2015.

 


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Mark
7 months ago

So glad I moved to Indiana. Any IL people moving here should learn the facts about voting incorrectly before being allowed in.

maria a
11 months ago

how do you guys feel about nashville ?

A OLDER DYING CONSTITUAL OATH TAKER
1 year ago

REALLY TOO DATED TO OF ANY USE/VALUE!!!
PLEASE, – THIS NEEDS TO BE UPDATED EVERY 2 MONTHS AT LEASE!!!!!!
AS EACH HOUR / DAY / WEEK THE AMERICAN FREEDOMS TURNING INTO BLANKS OF THE COMMUNIST MANIFEST! THE PEDO TAKE OVER! FEMA CAMPS MADE A NOW STAFFED! MANY HOLD OVER 1 MILLION! LOOK AT AUSTRALIA NO GUNS AND EACH DAY DEADLY BEATING OF IT PEOPLE OVER MASKS, LOOK AT THEIR BIG CAMPS TO PUSH THE PEOPLE INTO….. IT HAS GONE BACK TO A OPEN AIR PRISON ISLAND WITH NO WHERE TO RUN AND HIDE.
FIND A GOOD DROUGHT FREE, GARDENING STATE WITH MOUNTAINS…FIND A COUNTY THAT HAS A GOOD 2A CONSTITUTIONAL EX MILITARY VETERAN SHERIFF WHO TOOK THE OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION AND KEEP HIM VOTED IN BY TELLING ONLY OTHER LIKE MINDS TO MOVE TO THIS AREA AND SHUN ANY THAT ARE NOT LIKE MINDED. DO NOT HAVE DEALINGS/BUSINESS WITH ANY THAT ARE FOR THE CONSTITUTION RULES! BUY YOUR STUFF FROM SMALL CONSTITUTIONAL BUSINESSES ONLY & IF NEED BE DRIVE A LITTLE MORE OUT TO DEAL WITH THEM.
GET OUT OF ANY 501C3 GOVERNMENT RUN AND CONTROLLED CHURCHES AND THE MEGA CHURCHES ARE RAT TRAPS & SNITCHES THAT REPORT TO, MAKE LISTS FOR GOV!

STAY AWAY FROM DEMONSTRATIONS
(WHICH HELPS GOV. INTEL BUILD PHOTO/LIST HONEY TRAPS)
SO TO GRAB YOU LATTER – BY YOUR SELF & FAMILY WHILE YOU SLEEP & HAVE NO Defense STRENGTH! SURE YOU MAY WIN IN COURT MAYBE, BUT THAT MAYBE OVER 1 OR 2 YEARS LATTER!…. EVERY HEARD OF THE PATRIOT ACT?
( NO CHARGES, AND YOU CAN BE HELD INDECENTLY! )
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE TIME WORTH?
HAS ANY ONE EVER WON, OR GOT ANY MORE FREEDOMS FOR PROTESTING?
STAY IN YOUR AREA AND CONTROL YOUR AO, BE IN THE BACK GROUND PREPARE MAKE READY.
VOTE WITH YOUR FEET AND MOVE, VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY AND BUY HARD ASSETS AND DEAL WITH CONSTITUTION SMALL BUSINESSES AND TRADE WITH LIKE PATRIOTS!
YOU ARE ALL IN AMERIKA WITH A K!
LIVE LIKE YOU ARE A HUNTED ANIMAL OVER YOUR FREEDOM MINDSET BECAUSE YOU ARE!
THE OATH TAKEN TO PROTECT IT FROM ALL ENEMY’S OF THE CONSTITUTION,
WAS THAT REAL OR WERE YOU LYING?

Mirinda
1 year ago

Very Good Points – I have been looking to move and I’m glad I didn’t rush to a decision because – it could of been bad for my family as things are changing weekly daily with new regulations

EdLaBou
4 months ago

Like minded conservative getting too the end of the road as well. With us passing so goes society, morals. the nuclear family and integrity of being a man everything that made this country great is all coming to pass, God help our children.
Sorry I didn’t see this 9 months ago. Hope your still with us!
Part of the silent majority IE like minded conservative. Be well my friend.

Concerned human
1 year ago

I’m terrified about the VX’d shedding spike proteins into the non VX’d. Mass deaths followed by second mandatory vaccine. Honestly, oh my god. Where can we possibly go to maintain some sense of liberty from this. How do we find other non VX’d people to cohabitate with?

Kiko
1 year ago

Could buy a town. There are places on U.S and other countries for sale. I think theres one that’s $5,000? Just have people chip in money to buy land, and then we can work out way to being recognized as independant. Post to social media. Some instagrams to follow/ inquire about: @donenapping, @redpillspill, @papaduck, @foundconcious. Facebook: @ciyanna light sukhon, and look for esoteric info. Actually, look for off grid communities. Might take a while to get your timeline attuned to you, but it’ll get there. If you could give me a social media or some type of contact, i’d appreciate talking to you.

Deanne
1 year ago
Reply to  Kiko

I’ve always had an interest in this – now moreso than ever! Its time to start a community of like-minded people. Best in an area that has a good growing season, fresh water nearby or on a river/lake, and one of the states with freedom of choice.

SAL
1 year ago

Have you checked VAERS lately we are Currently at 11,940 dead after receiving the VX.

 Sadly people are dying on both sides. CDC just released they cant  differentiate between Influenza or CV'd. Go check it out if you dont bellieve me it just came out. 

Don’t give into the polarity. Take responsibly for your health. We are not cattle we do not all have the same bodies. I wish we were treated with actual care. 

Christine
1 year ago

Why? I work with vaxxed and I just got the rona… it was no big deal… its like a nasty flu that morphs from intense headaches, back pain, fever, swollen glands, no chest stuff for me. You just need to stay hom, drink hot tea all day, take zinc daily (you should anyway) high doses of Vitamin C as in 10,000 MG, black seed oil, sleep a lot, sit in the sun, exercise when you get your strength back….

Not brainwashed
6 months ago

bahaha shedding spike proteins omg listen to yourself

joemorales
1 year ago

REMAIN ALERT! Do not be locked down with “COVERT 19” fear SUPERSTITION MIND CONTROL snare. “For freedom – Christ set us free. Therefore, be strong, do not let yourselves be confined, again, in a yoke of slavery”“.” -Gal. 5:1 prayorbeprey.com

June Shellene
1 year ago

These responses are just so much evidence of the success of the divide and conquer technique. People…if we don’t study the enemy, we’ll never defeat it. Our slavery is deeply rooted, in our monetary system (study the Federal Reserve and the demise of the federal reserve note (the US dollar), our “media,” our “educational” system, our “health” industry, which is anything but….our entertainment industry, and our “spiritual” education…be it from the new age “Course in Miracles” or card reading gurus…or our local preachers who skirt all of the important issues of our day. If you don’t start thinking for yourself, you are going to be lost.

Carlene
1 year ago

Colorado is run by a tyrant king. We have zero freedom. I’m being denied medical care because I will NOT submit to medically unnecessary ronna testing. Colorado SUCKS

Tony Goff
2 years ago

This list is bogus. I don’t know what criteria you are using but I live in Florida and I have lived in Georgia. Florida is one of the most regulated states in the USA. It is very difficult to start a business. Florida should not even be on this list. Credibility completely gone

Anoah
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Goff

Did you notice that FL is NOT on the list for states that have the least regulations?

Pam
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Goff

This list has nothing to do with starting a business and regulations about that!

Gary
1 year ago
Reply to  Pam
  • The states most free from regulation are: Iowa, Georgia, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
Not brainwashed
6 months ago
Reply to  Tony Goff

I mean the list was made by a right-wing hate group, what do you expect lol, honesty and integrity? It has Florida has a top educational freedom state when they ban the most books per district! it’s comedy gold how right wingers think liberal states have no freedom when they can’t even go to a hospital without taking out a second mortgage

Alice
2 years ago

I am a 62 year old college grad who did professional Substitute Teaching to earn a living in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota for a long time. I am still capable of work. I have held 5 jobs in Colorado. Every one of these was lost due to bullying (of me). I can get hired quickly but keeping the job is a problem, because the companies tell me what a good Employee I am (I have a solid work ethic and am good at what I do), but they always create some nasty scenario where I am blamed for something – usually they do me wrong, and when I complain about it (genuine legitimate complaints), they end up pressuring me out of the job.

So I can get jobs – but keeping them has been impossible due to abuse and bullying. This was also the case not only in Colorado (the worst in Colorado), but every state I’ve worked in since I was 50 years old or so.

Wyoming wasn’t bad as far as freedom goes. But I had a serious problem there and I’ll never be comfortable to return. South Dakota was good overall, but they did something odd with my driver’s license and I tried to return and had huge issues with it. So I left.

Iowa wasn’t too bad but I never found decent housing. I never found decent help for housing either. I never had a job work out and had bullying there too. Many of the people were more friendly though.

Minnesota was the worst state for me hands down! I did get housing but it was very very bad housing. I was also seriously bullied there – Colorado and Minnesota are so far the worst for that. Montana might not have been bad, but my job was cut and I think it was religious prejudice – which started a downward slide for me overall in 2017. I tried to sue for it, and should have been able to, but once you have had a problem in Montana, they all turn against you.

I had the most and best work in Nebraska. But even that did not last long because they actually allowed some very intense bullying. I also experienced very serious housing discrimination – even for housing I actually qualified for – in Nebraska. They kept saying I didn’t have children, so they would not give me housing – well, I’m old enough now that I ought to have grandchildren, so of course I don’t have children. That was just out and out very blatant discrimination.

A few of the states listed here I have not tried. But right now I found this article from just terrible despair and discouragement overall in my life. My life has no joy and is no good because I am unable to make adequate income and I don’t wish to sit on welfare rolls. I have been a hard worker all my life and wish to continue that to make my own living – I want the freedom to do so.

Chris topher
1 year ago
Reply to  Alice

Jesus can save you and give you His peace and comfort. I pray you will give your heart to Jesus and find new joy in living for Him. God Bless you

Jonny
1 year ago
Reply to  Alice

Sounds like one long sob story. Sounds like everyone is mean to you everywhere you go. You either have a target on your head or you need to start telling people where to go, haha!

Gary
1 year ago
Reply to  Alice

I had an employee once named Mark. One day he told me he could not get a ride from his sister. Why not? He said she was an A hole. I suggested his grandfather. He said he was an A hole. I suggested his friends. He said they were ALL A holes. I said, “Mark, what’s the common denominator here? If everyone you know is an A hole it is time to look at yourself. Maybe you are the problem.”

Nunya
2 years ago

I call BS on WV being in the bottom 5…
lived in MANY places and WV is the freest of the 10 or so states I’ve lived in. So BS on this poll!

C99
1 year ago
Reply to  Nunya

but not for health freedom, no religious exemption or conscious objection

Jansen Tamele
4 months ago
Reply to  Nunya

Also, WV is bottom 5 in education too. Hard to be free when you aren’t taught to think critically.

Mary-Beth Hutchinson
4 years ago

I would like to support AMAC and receive OCCASIONAL emails (such as monthly or even biweekly). But my inbox is flooded with AMAC emails and if I have a choice between ALL Eemails and none, I have to unsubscribe. Sorry!

Tony Favero
6 years ago

Hah….California….yep nearly dead last. Figures for a state that is totally in love with Hillary and her corruption and scandals.
Democrats have a real shot at reclaiming the supermajorities they lost two years ago.
On paper, a legislative supermajority would give the Democrats power to approve tax increases and place measures on the ballot. But legislation that requires two-thirds approval would still need the support from moderate, business-friendly Democrats – and they are often less inclined to support liberal proposals
Assembly Democrats needed to gain one additional seat and appear to have picked up three.
In the Senate, a single district in Los Angeles County will decide whether Democrats reach the two-thirds threshold. The Republican candidate holds a two-thousand vote lead, and the race is too close to call….pity for the democrats.
If California can get back their Supermajority, then we can be just like Cuba!!!!!! Viva Fidel! Perhaps we can bump NY away from #50.

Robert
6 years ago

New Jersey just below New York? New Jersey has been so messed up for so long, there is no end to this dark tunnel. Along with horrible Governors, sadly to say I voted for some of them, we are stuck with a legislature that are only looking out for themselves and think finding a state bird is more important that getting rid of corruption in this state. Of course if they did get rid of corruption, they would all be out of work. Sometime I wonder why I vote.

John
6 years ago

Good old New York State…..Dead last again. Good thing that incompetent dictator Cuomo is really turning things around.

Robert
6 years ago
Reply to  John

Could be worse. You could live in New Jersey

Shibbal18
1 year ago
Reply to  John

5 years later its only worse

FreedomLover
1 year ago
Reply to  John

This aged really well

John Overington
6 years ago

Now that West Virginia has passed Right to Work or Workplace Freedom we ought to improve by a few places.

Carol Himes
6 years ago

True. Thanks!

Stephen
6 years ago

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You’re right but who is counting the cost?

K Marvel
6 years ago

Charles L – I can’t disagree with anything you’ve just said.

Gerald Courtney
6 years ago

I live in Florida 27 years, and I don’t know about the assessment for this state. But of all the states listed, Delaware is not shown? MD is a lousy Democratic one and heavily taxed.

Thanks

Jenifer
6 years ago

Delaware is #22 – isn’t it?

Shibbal18
1 year ago

You all really dont know how good you have it

Bill
6 years ago

You are off your freaking rocker, I live in Florida, you can’t have a business without a hundred licenses, you can not DO ANYTHING on your home without permits and everybody’s permission. This is one of the LEAST FREE states, get your head out and try some reality.

Pete
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

You’re going to have to comply with local zoning regulations almost anywhere and it’s a good thing that consumers are protected from unlicensed businesses. So yeah, Florida has normal regulations and restrictions on both businesses and homeowners. I live in Florida too. I just have to guess, relative to other states, Florida has fewer restrictions. For that, we should be grateful. Have you lived in other states to be able to compare?

James
6 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Governmental rotections are mostly a racket. Lookup voluntaryism.

Mary S Vickoren
5 years ago
Reply to  Pete

NC sucks. We can’t go home to Oregon, aka NE California. Don’t know where to go to breathe free??

Gary
1 year ago
Reply to  Pete

I just bought a house in Vermont. I asked about the building code for a potential upgrade….no state building codes.

patrioticporcupine
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

This list is completely off. Anywhere that taxes your income and imposes a general sales tax is not the economically free. New Hampshire has no state sales tax or income tax. New Hampshire has more civil liberties than Florida, so it’s missing a critical component. In terms of regulatory freedoms, New Hampshire needs work but people are diligently fighting the good fight such as the NH Liberty Alliance that screens all proposed legislation and rates its politicians and laws as being anti-liberty or pro-liberty (regardless of party).

AnswersFromGod.com
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Also, homeschooling in Florida is highly regulated (among the most regulated in the USA).

Nunya
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

You’re right, this list is completely bogus!!!
It belongs on Facebook it’s such a bald faced lie!

Carl Darnell
6 years ago

I was amazed that Ky is 5th most regulated state. I live in Ky and am interested how you arrive at the placing of the states in the regulated list.

Rod
11 months ago
Reply to  Carl Darnell

Ky. is very regulated. I used to live there and l left because, every direction one looks, the bureaucrats are demanding one’s coin. You don’t realise because you haven’t enjoyed freedom. Go to a free state for awhile and you will see the difference.

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