Land of the Free

In the "land of the free" and "home of the brave," it's a fairly well known fact that some states enjoy a greater index of freedom than others. Idaho, the Gem State, for instance, is one of the least regulated commonwealths in the nation.

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Photo by Jorge Alcala on Unsplash

Idaho's robust economic climate and deep reserves are just two of the many reasons Americans are flocking to our state in record numbers. Back in 2020, Idaho turned heads when it landed the title of "Least Regulated State in America." It was a proud moment for Idahoans, and it was an example for the rest of America's states to model themselves after. Most recently, Idaho Governor Brad Little made national headlines back in January with his "Leading Idaho" plan during a State of the State of the Address. The reason? With a budget surplus of $1.9 billion, the conservative governor's plan to "give back our record budget surplus to Idahoans" through tax incentives and investments spurred shock and awe across the country. The long and short of it is that life in Idaho is pretty darn good all around. Unfortunately, the same isn't true for every state.


10 Most Regulated States in America

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Photo by Sasun Bughdaryan on Unsplash
  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Ohio
  4. Illinois
  5. Texas
  6. Washington
  7. Oregon
  8. Florida
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Louisiana

10 Most Free States in America

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Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash
  1. Florida
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Indiana
  4. Colorado
  5. Nevada
  6. North Dakota
  7. Tennessee
  8. South Dakota
  9. Arizona
  10. Idaho

What Being an Idahoan Says About You

Idaho is unique in so many incredible ways. We do our own thing here and it has been working just fine. We love our stunning gem state and everything it has to offer. Some of these are silly stereotypes worth an eye roll and others are right on point. 

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