New Study Ranks States by Freedom: All Hail New Hampshire


They like their freedom in New Hampshire and it shows. A new study shows the Granite State ranks as the most free of the fifty states. The bluest of the blue states held the bottom four positions on the freedom scale: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. Draw your own conclusions about how freedom impacts opportunity and jobs. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate was 4.7% at the end of April compared to a national average of 9% and California came in at 11.9%.

H/T: The RealREVO

While some people will trade away their personal freedom for government freebies, most Americans cherish their freedom. They recognize the ability to make their own decisions comes with the responsibility of accepting the consequences. All things considered, most conservative Americans would like to mostly be left alone. Conservatives expect the government to take care of basic things like infrastructure, defense, insuring a level playing field in commerce and providing a basic safety net for those who are truly vulnerable.

Our federal government sees things far differently. The nanny state kicked into hyperdrive with the election of Obama. It sure has come at a high cost to personal liberty. The feds have ramped it up from merely mandating the type of lightbulb we’ll use to mandating that every American will purchase health insurance. Many Americans had an immediate “are you serious?” reaction. Nancy Pelosi asked the same question with a different intent. The American people demoted her for that. You might say they went all New Hampshire on Nancy.

Of course, as the study shows, a lot of states like to double down on the fed’s nanny state. Dependent voters are somewhat easier to control. I don’t know about you, but I think if I was living in a state that ranked in the bottom third I would be getting the heck out of Dodge, er, New York. While I still can.

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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June 8, 2011 8:20 am

Wow! I’m shocked that Illinois only comes in at #41. Guess our esteemed Governor Quinn has some work left to do in order to get us down there with New York and California. I bet he and his minions will be eagerly awaiting next year’s rankings…

June 8, 2011 8:35 am

Thank you for this one Texas Galt. This is the kind of column I love to write about. Let’s look at the states ranked in the bottom third: 35. Louisiana 36. West Virginia 37. New Mexico 38. Connecticut 39. Washington 40. Delaware 41. Illinois 42. Ohio 43. Maryland 44. Alaska 45. Rhode Island 46. Massachusetts 47. Hawaii 48. California 49. New Jersey 50. New York New Jersey has actually moved up one spot from before when Corzine was Governor, but Christie has a lot of work left to do. I think the three states with the best shot at moving… Read more »

June 8, 2011 9:06 am

I live in NH and I can confirm this data 🙂

E Pluribus Unum
June 8, 2011 2:14 pm

Texas, 14th?

Say what?

Brian Hibbert
June 10, 2011 10:42 am

The worst part of the flight to freedom is that it includes a lot of blue state liberals who then proceed to make their new state just like their old one. Colorado used to be a fairly free state until all the people moved in from other states and started nannying up the place.