No surprise the libertarian state New Hampshire, with the motto of "Live Free or Die," leads the list of states ranked on freedom. In second place is South Dakota, a state which constitutionally limits its legislature's meetings to forty days on even years and thirty days on odd years.
Below is the list of states ranked in order of freedom. In Red are states that voted for Bush and McCain for president, Blue are states that voted for Kerry, Gore, and Obama, and Purple are states that voted for Bush but later for Obama. Overall, Bush voting states, red and purple, clearly have less regulations compared to solid Democrat-voting states.
States in rank of personal and economic freedoms, according to the Mercatus Center: