We'll be celebrating our nation's independence soon, but what does that look like in our own state?

Before you know it we will be celebrating Independence Day. It's a day to remember those brave men and women who believed in something better than the British crown. They believed in a free nation with liberty and justice for all.

We hold that freedom near and dear to our hearts from sea to shining sea, but what about in our individual states?

Recently WalletHub looked across the nation to determine a state of freedom for each. First, they had to establish what independence looks like. They compared each state's government, job market, consumer finances, international trade and more to compile a list of the Most Independent States. They found that the most independent states are Utah (1), Nebraska (2), and Massachusetts (3).

Colorado wasn't far behind.

In fact, Colorado was number five on the list. We performed well in several areas pulling top-ten rankings in categories like "government dependency", 'job-market dependency", and "international trade dependency." It appears that our region is fairly independent with a few of our neighbors falling in the top half of the list.

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