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Rankings - Economic

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