Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Freedom in the 50 States

I stumbled upon this interesting website www.statepolicyindex.com that ranks economic and personal freedom based on a number of criteria.  The weightings seem logical, but can be played with as this group furnishes the source data for further manipulation.   The data compares a number of laws that restrict personal, and economic freedoms.  The result is that Illinois ranks 49th out of 50 for personal freedom based on the weights chosen by the study designers.   Please review this easy to read graphic here:

It should come as no surprise to many to see states like Maryland, New York, and Illinois rounding out the bottom.  Download the data yourself, and modify the weighting to suit your values and see where the states fall.

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