1. New Hampshire
If you weren’t expecting to see this one at the top of the list, you really should have. Its state motto IS “Live free or die”, after all. With no state or income tax, you’re already have to a great start by bringing home more of your paycheck each week and you save more when spending it. In fact, the only state to pay less taxes is Alaska. Granite Staters also have a wide choice when it comes to electing local government, with two and a half competing jurisdictions every 100 square miles. There is no state set minimum wage, insurance freedom is one of the highest in the country, and arrest and incarceration rates for non-violent drug crimes are very low. In addition to all of this, New Hampshire was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage in the country and is at the top of the list when it comes to gun ownership, making it easy for people to open and conceal carry in the state.
However, despite its mantra, there are still plenty of barriers to freedom that come with living in New Hampshire. For one, to make up for the lack of other taxes, property taxes are sky high. On the subject of property, zoning laws also make it very difficult to build new residential construction projects and eminent domain law is very strong. These things just go to show that no matter how free you think you are, there can always be improvements.