Is New Hampshire the first Libertarian State? And if it is (or isn't), what role do government policies play in it's success as a state? Well, this is an off-shoot of a discussion in a different forum. I chose to repost it here because there was a lot of good discussion about it but it exceeded the bounds of the original thread. So here is a brief list of some of the attributes and achievements of my home state. I'm listing qualities that most closely match traditional Libertarian ideology. New Hampshire policy includes: No general sales tax No state income tax No inventory taxes for businesses which encouraged many businesses to move to NH during the recession Ranked 9th friendliest to businesses (http://www.cnbc.com/id/37516038) Has overruled the federal mandate to have health insurance making it legal to chose to have it or not - SB148 Returned $666,000 in funds for healthcare BACK to the federal government for the EXPLICIT and STATED intentions of helping to reduce the federal deficit - HB601 NH supreme court passed an amendment in 2006 forbidding seizure of private property by eminent domain Open carry of firearms permitted everywhere except courtrooms with no permit Concealed carry permits available to any member of the public (http://www.governor.nh.gov/media/news/2011/010611-inaugural.htm [Broken]) As a result: Ranked 4th highest quality of living (http://www.cnbc.com/id/37516038) Ranked best state for well-being of children (http://www.aecf.org/) 2nd healthiest state in 2006 3rd healthiest state in 2007 3rd healthiest state in 2008 2nd healthiest state in 2009 3rd healthiest state in 2010 (http://www.americashealthrankings.org/) 3rd lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. (http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm) 3rd largest proportion of high-tech jobs in the U.S.; including being the only state to ADD high-tech jobs during the onset of the recession; it was 8th in 2008 (http://www.supplylinedirect.com/assets/items/ug-pr300.jpg [Broken]) Lowest rate of gun-related homicides in the U.S.(as of 2004; the most recent by-the-state data I could find: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/) Safest state in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 So, once again... do New Hampshire's policies make it the most Libertarian state in the Union? And do any of the policies contribute to the results seen?