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Economic Freedom Heat Map: How Does Your State Rank?

The Fraser Institute’s annual study, Economic Freedom of North America 2012,  is out! (See our write-up here). According to the report, just a one-point improvement in a state’s economic freedom score at the all-government level increases GDP per capita by $13,276! Furthermore, increased economic freedom has been shown to improve the quality of peoples’ lives in a number of different ways including longer average life spans, cleaner environments, and lower poverty rates.

So are you curious to see how your state compares to other states in economic freedom? Hover over the heat map below to see each state’s economic freedom ranking. Which state surprises you the most? Comment below!

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