(The Freest States For Off-Grid Living, Ranked 1-50 | Off The Grid News) Image is from the CATO Institute. Interesting article that looks at issues related to off-grid living, such as economic freedoms. "The study found that personal liberty and economic freedom do not always go together. “Texas is one of the economically freest and personally least free states in the country,” the survey authors said. The authors also discovered a correlation between the number of people leaving a state and economic freedom. Between the last survey in 2012 and this year’s survey, California had a net out migration rate of -4.9 percent – meaning nearly 5 percent of the population left the state. During the same period, Texas had a net inbound migration rate of +6.7 percent." Big shock, eh? The ability to live "off-grid' is bounded by local laws, regulations, taxes, zoning restrictions and so on. These restrictions may be at a State level or at a local level - so research and planning in advance is necessary. Take a look at the link and see where your local sits in the CATO Institute's list of 'free' States. I was surprised to see Alaska rated as #2 of 50. That New York was rated as #50 was no surprise.