Comment: The Northeast

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The Northeast

More than anything, it seems to be a rural vs. urban thing.

The rural states are fairly free economically and socially: New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

The states dominated by one or more large urban centers: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are all very bad across the board. Huge cronyism and corruption; High taxes of every possible kind, which are aggressively collected; high unemployment and high levels of dependency on the state; heavily restrictive firearms laws; intrusive business regulations; tons and tons of petty codes and rule for every aspect of life, etc. etc.