Is Your State Drone Ready? New Report Reveals the Best and Worst States for Commercial Drone Operations

Zacc Dukowitz

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What’s the best state for commercial drone operators? North Dakota.

What’s the worst? Kentucky.

These answers come from a recent report created by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which seeks to answer the question: “Which states are prepared for the drone industry?” (The new report is a 2.0 version of a report released last March.)


To create the report, researchers at the Mercatus Center looked at drone laws in all 50 states in the U.S., ranking them in order from best to worst. The results are provided in an interactive map that allows you to click through to a specific page for each state.

Read this week's post to learn more about the report, including the criteria researchers used to rank states for their drone readiness.

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