What do you mean by its state government is minimal? It's a small government? Wouldn't that tend to go against the small gov types?It's the third largest state. It's cheap and romanticized by Jimmy Buffett and others, so the midwest's and northeast's detritus tends to drift down here. It's very diverse, with a high population of citizens born outside the US. Finally, it's state government is minimal (20% lower per-capita cost than the 49th cheapest state government, Arizona).