Via the Cato Institute comes the latest iteration of William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens’ ranking of “Freedom in the 50 States,” which seeks to quantify “personal and economic freedom” throughout the country.
Which states are the most free? New Hampshire, Alaska, Oklahoma, Indiana, and South Dakota take top honors—and also suggest the limits of freedom per se as a lure to Americans. Those states might be the most free in all sorts of ways, yet very few people are banging down doors to enter them.
And what states are the absolute worst? Numbers 50, 49, and 47 are New York, California, and Hawaii; New Jersey and Maryland round out the bottom five.
Hover on your state to see where it stands: