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Rankings - Overall

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

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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 an assistant professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008.

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Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is an assistant professor in the political science department at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He has been an affiliated scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 2008.