The most free states to live in:
States with low property taxes (lowest 6 in random order)
AL, WY, UT, CO, NM, VA
States without any type of state income tax
WY, AK, SD, WA, FL, NV, TX
States without a state sales tax
OR, NH, MT, DE, AK
States without any type of corporate income tax
TX, WY, NV
Right to work states (no state forced union laws)
VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, AR, OK, TX, KS, NE, IA, SD, ND, WY, ID, UT, AZ, NV
States without state minimum wage laws
AZ, TN, SC, MS, AL, FL, LA
Totals: States get one point for each time they appear on an above list
Economic Freedom: (out of 6 points)
1. WY 4 points
2. TX/NV/SD/FL/AL 3 points
Most gun freedom (top 19 in random order)
ME, LA, AK, TX, MT, KY, VT, ND, GA, AR, WY, OK, WV, SD, ID, AL, MS, KS, NH
States with low population density (top 5 in random order)
MT, ND, WY, AK, SD
States with pro-homeschool laws
NJ, IL, IN, MI, MO, AK, TX, OK, ID
States without a state motorcycle helmet law
CO, IL, IA, NH (Also, NH has no seat belt laws)
States without a state obscenity law
AK, VT, WV, HI, CO, MT, OR, SD, NM
States with the highest maximum speed limits
WY, UT, SD, CO, MT, NV, NE, AZ, IDhttp://www.motorists.org/issues/speed/StateSpeeds.html
States with legal medical marijuana
CA, WA, OR, NV, CO, ME, AK, HI
States with legal Prostitution
Thoughts: WY is #1 and it is one of the FSP states. SD is tied for #2 and it is a FSP states.
Personal Freedom: (out of 9 points)
1. AK 5 points
2. CO/SD/MT 4 points
3. NV/WY/NH/ID 3 points
Thoughts: AK is #1 for personal freedom and it is a FSP state. MT, SD, ID and WY also do extremely well and most of them border each other. WY is bordered by 4 different highly free states. NH is tied for 3rd in personal freedom. This is interesting as NH is the only state from the northeast that is ranked.
Total Freedom: (out of 15 points)
1. AK/WY/SD 7 points
2. NV 6 points
3. CO/TX/MT 5 points
Final Thoughts: AK, WY, and SD all do very well. In fact, these three states beat all of the other 47 states. MT also does better than the vast majority of the states. NV and CO border FSP states. Every single one of these states is west of the MN/ND and TX/LA line that cuts the country into two sections.
WY seems to be the best state according to this data as it is tied for 1st place and borders another state tied for 1st. Also, two states tied for 3rd (CO, MT) border WY. SD seems to be second best. AK is best for personal freedoms but just another state when it comes to economic freedoms.
Clearly the West is much more free than VT, NH, DE, or ME. Moving to the Western states of WY, SD, or AK will give the FSP more freedom from the start than any other state. WY has the added bonus of having the smallest population in the nation.
Conclusion: The most free states in the country tend to be the western states with very low population density rates.
Note: One very important consideration that is not factored into this report is that larger cities tend to be less free than smaller cities. So, states with very few large cities will tend to be more free than states with many larger cities. Out of all of the states that make the final ranking, Wyoming has the smallest large cities.