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Do you live in one of the most free states? How about the safest?

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#10 North Dakota

#10 North Dakota

Courtesy of U.S. Army via Flikr

Economic freedom: #3

Personal freedom: #36

North Dakota has very low government spending, debt, and taxation levels.  It has a rare type of workers'-compensation policy, with all private insurance banned and a state fund that employers must contribute to.  The state has limited gun control and motorist laws, but heavily regulates private schools.

#9 Virginia

#9 Virginia

By Marion Doss on Flickr

USS Virginia at Norfolk Naval Base

Economic freedom: #5

Personal freedom: #23

Virginia is the freest state below the Mason-Dixon line. Government spending, debt, and tax rates are all significantly lower than national averages.  It has lax smoking laws and both the natural gas and cable industries have been deregulated.  However, the state's health insurance coverage mandates are high.

#8 Oregon

Economic freedom: #24

Personal freedom: #1

Oregon boasts the highest personal freedom ranking in the country.  It allows physician-assisted suicide and same-sex civil unions, prohibits sobriety checkpoints, and has lenient marijuana possession laws.  Its economic ranking is hurt by the state's high level of government spending and debt.

#7 Colorado

Economic freedom: #10

Personal freedom: #8

Although Colorado is the most fiscally decentralized state in the country, the government is wallowing in debt.  It lightly regulates schools and has low tax rates for alcohol and cigarettes, but has extremely harsh smoking bans in place.

#6 Nevada

Economic freedom: #16

Personal freedom: #3

Nevada has local-option prostitution and the most lenient gambling laws in the country.  Spending and taxation are slightly better than average, but government debt is rising.  The state also has the tightest private school restrictions in the nation, with curriculum control and mandatory state licensing for all teachers.

#5 Missouri

#5 Missouri

By david spigolon on Flickr

Route 66 in Missouri

Economic freedom: #12

Personal freedom: #6

Missouri has low government spending and taxes.  Although it has some of the least restrictive gun control and alcohol laws, Missouri has the harshest marijuana sentencing laws in the country.  Private and home schools are almost entirely unregulated.

#4 Idaho

#4 Idaho

By Canfield3 on Flickr

Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hagerman Fossil Days Parade

Economic freedom: #4

Personal freedom: #9

Idaho has the second-lowest government-debt ratio in the country, along with lower-than-average taxes and spending.  It has very few laws constricting motorists, and is one of the few states in the country that prohibits random sobriety checkpoints.  The state also has some of the mildest gun laws and education regulations in the nation.

#3 Indiana

#3 Indiana

By U.S. Army on Flickr

The 76th Brigade Combat Team's departure ceremony

Economic freedom: #13

Personal freedom: #3

Indiana licenses the fewest occupations in the country (as a percentage of the total state workforce), and has deregulated the telecommunications, cable, and natural gas industries.  The state has light regulation for schools and little campaign finance regulation, but has smoking bans across the board.

#2 South Dakota

#2 South Dakota

By U.S. Army on Flickr

Parade in Rapid City, South Dakota

Economic freedom: #1

Personal freedom: #34

The most free state in the country in terms of economic freedom, South Dakota has a high level of fiscal decentralization, very low tax rates, and low spending.  Its relatively low personal freedom ranking is due to high cigarette taxation and smoking bans, and harsher-than-average laws relating to marijuana, gambling, and asset forfeiture.

#1 New Hampshire

#1 New Hampshire

By Dave Delay on Flickr

Rachel Barker, Miss New Hampshire

Economic freedom: #2

Personal freedom: #11

It's the only state in the country that lacks a seatbelt law for adults, and it has lax gun laws. Taxes and government spending are both below average rates, and government debt has actually decreased since the Democrats took unified control in 2007.

Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:08 AM


Overall Rank

State Name

Financial Safety Rank

Driving Safety Rank

Workplace Safety Rank

Natural Disasters Rank

Home and Community Safety Rank

2New Hampshire231149
5District of Columbia2281517N/A
6Rhode Island309348
10New York91331512
13New Jersey514115011
18North Dakota348361216
24South Dakota44048539
30West Virginia2829452720
38North Carolina4246284129
41South Carolina3650262344
44New Mexico495147735
by Ruby Member on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Idaho, so yes to freedom. Not sure about safest.

by on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM
I live in Indy.

#3 on freedom and #17 on safest.

But I'm shocked at the safest because there have been 10 murders in the last 2 weeks.
by *Claire-Bear* on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Negative...I live in Georgia..more specifically, a burb of Atlanta. There is nothing free or safe about it.
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I live in the most free state and second safest. Though I dont think mass is safe at all! I lived there before the crime was crazy! A ton of teachers being assulted and crap like that. 

Quoting GhettoKoolAide: I live in Indy. #3 on freedom and #17 on safest. But I'm shocked at the safest because there have been 10 murders in the last 2 weeks.

by Platinum Member on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Yep, I'm in VA.
by Gold Member on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Me too.

Quoting luvnmyboi: Yep, I'm in VA.
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by on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Cali. This place sucks
by Gold Member on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I feel like oklahoma is really safe, besides tornadosn
by Keyser Söze on Jun. 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

8th safest, which surprises me a little but I guess the rest of the state outweighed Chicago and East St Louis.

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