Top Ten Most Popular U.S. States

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1California

I'm a typical Cali Boy, Born and raised in California and I love it. Wouldn't leave it for the world. I've been to many country's and stats and nothing compared to hot sunny California with the best cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all far away from each other making north, central and southern California fun and something to do and not just a state where it's happening in just one town/city, So where ever you are in Cali you'll have fun and a night life. PLUs California is not only a cool laid back place with the nicest laid back people. Never got why they say were mean have they been else where? Or are they jealous. Majority of us are even in really great shape and half the Olympians, stars, and Guinnesses come from here. It's also the state that farms and feeds half of the US with the best states. Every other state wishes they were like Cali or at least moved out here, I mean look at Florida their a wanna be Cali state having the same city names and trying ...more

The only thing you can't find here is... Wait, there's everything.

I live in the best state in the world there is so much stuff to do besides... Oh never mind they a bunch of movie theaters

I live here! There is everything here from snow to sunshine in a few hours distance! It's amazing. I feel lucky to live here! I wouldn't wanna move ever.

California's amazing! It's so beautiful there and so many things to do!

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2Florida

It is the las state for earthquake risk, there is no volcanos, no tornados; just a hurricane now and then, so it is one of the best state for natural disaster. There is a good weather all year round, it has the best roads with perfect conditions, it is a peninsula so you have beaches everywhere. It's fun, you have Walt Disney World and the Orlando Magic (NBA) in Orlando, Miami is great with sport teams in NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL; and you have South Beach crossing the bridge and the Keys near south, there is also the Everglades. It is not the most expensive state to live in and there is no state income tax. Miami have great and modern architecture, culture and good food... In my opinio it is the best state to live and to visit.

Actually, there's plenty of tornadoes in Florida, even if it's out of Tornado Alley. - ethanmeinster

Florida is a big melting pot; you can find everything her except for snow. I've lived here all my life and we have some of the most sought out attractions in the world, from:

The Keys
South Beach
The Everglades
Lake Okeechobee
The beautiful waters of The Palm Beaches
Universal
Disney
Daytona Raceway and beaches

most special everyone has heard about this peninsula! I also can't believe Hawaii isn't on this list! I mean come on! If stupid North Carolina is on here why not the islands of America. h, and WELCOME TO THE EVERGLADES!

My Aunt lives here and I would say the weather is amazing and the pine cones are huge compared to the ones in the US

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3New York

Forget about downstate NY! It's just a concrete jungle! The rest of the state is amazing! Niagara Falls, Leetchworth State Park, The Adirondack&Catskill Mountains, The Great Lakes, Beaches, Thousands of miles of fruit orchards, hiking, sailing, skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, pond hockey, the fall foliage, thousands of wineries, the finger lakes, Corning glassworks, the Erie Canal, The Buffalo Wing, Bills games, Sabres games, the baseball hall of fame, Fort Niagara, Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Stanwix, Kayaking, Great Hunting&Fishing, Beautiful Lighthouses & a ton more of stuff! I'm a proud New Yorker from upstate and I wouldn't live anywhere else in the world! Just love it!

Think about it the statue of liberty, the world trade center and the beautiful empire state and Chrysler building. Imagine going in those stuff. YOU WOULD BE SO AMAZED!

I live here and its amazing. But I live in Queens so its type of quiet. I always like to go to Manhattan and Brooklyn. I just love the city and was raised here.

I live on queens too. It is really quiet there! But my aunt lives in Manhattan and I see go there every weekend and it is so beautiful and amazing! I love it!

I went on a trip when I was little and I absolutely adored it!

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4Texas

Texas is relly awesome you can visit very hot places and places that get below 20 degrees. You can explore so much in houston, austin, and san antonio. It is very enjoyable with fun places like shliter bond, scream world, splash town, and beautiful south padre island.

I've just about been everywhere and done everything. I have love for a lot of states but was never more proud then the day I could call myself a Texan! Diverse economy, quality people, amazing food, beauty and culture. I usually like to keep that to myself though in fear that more people realize it and start moving here. I like the Cali comments by the way. Beaches, celebrities, sexiest people and drugs! That's about right for California mentality. But yes, you are classy!

I love Texas because the people are friendly and not snotty and stuck up like the people in California and new york are and it's not a good thing to be the weed capital of the world A.K.A crime capital of the world and you guys don't have the best weather in the world also you guys are not beautiful you guys all have facelifts lip injections plastic surgery etc... Oh and I been to Hollywood and it's not beautiful its trashy with bums all over the place and who wants to have avocados and potatoes instead of steak, chili, potatoes, and much more and best of all every things bigger in TEXAS and one more thing you're not the golden state you guys don't even have any gold left at least are nickname is true the lone star state because we are bigger enough to be are own country!

Wow.. That is one long sentence. Have you ever even been to NY or Cali? By they way you accuse every single resident of these two states to have "plastic surgery" and how we are not "beautiful" suggests that you haven't. And by the way, it's very hypocritical to assume everyone from these states as "snotty". You're from Texas I assume? Well how would you like it if I told you every person down there is a racist, conservative redneck? It's not only not true but it probably would hurt some feelings. As for weather, we can't really control that, now can we?

I don't live here but I always wanted to live here or at least vacation here. This state seems so awesome! My Mom has been there as well.

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5Hawaii

Island paradise right here in the USA

Right here in the USA, separated only by 2,000 miles of ocean. Sure, 'Right here'.

As a lifelong resident, Hawaii isn't just a "great vacation spot", it is honestly the most beautiful and best place to live. After visiting many states across the continent, no population of residents ever came close creating the supportive and happy atmosphere felt in Hawaii. As a kid, I, along with everyone I know, was taught to appreciate everything and everyone. Everyone is nice and doesn't mind taking the time to help and listen to a neighbor or stranger. I have met people from the other "nicer" states in the U.S., and their level of kindness has not even come close to the kindness I have encountered in the islands. Along with being hospitable, the people here are very exotic and beautiful (which is definitely not a bad thing at the beach).

Not only does Hawaii create a great atmosphere, but it is home to the most beautiful scenery and landscapes I have ever come across. Not only do the Ko'oalu and Waimea Canyons have deep valleys that are filled with a variety of lush ...more

Most relaxing and beautiful place in the world! The mountains, Waikiki it's so awesome!

Worst place on earth

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6Washington

There are many beautiful states in the USA, and even though I would not normally vote for my home state ( I currently live in California, another great state to be in), I feel Washington is way underrated. The spectacular scenery, with the water, forests and mountains makes it feel like New Zealand or the Alps or a miniature Alaska(why isn't Alaska on this list? ). The mountains here look bigger and have more glaciers on them than anywhere else in the lower 48, and they are very verdant with spectacular alpine meadows unrivaled anywhere else that I have seen in the mainland US.

Add to that the wonderful seafood, local wine, and the art scene of Seattle and surrounding communities like Port Townsend(not to mention the spectacular backdrop of Mt Rainier and other mountains, and all the water around it that makes it rival San Francisco in scenic beauty). Vancouver B.C. is world famous for its scenery and everything else but Seattle has all that too.

The only thing ...more

Closest thing to Alaska you can get if you want to stay in the mainland! Crisp cold weather, forest that go as far as the eye can see, and mountains that touch the sky... Only bad thing about this place is the bears.

Its absolutely BEAUTIFUL here. Great view of tall trees and mountains, no matter where you're standing! (even in the middle of a big city)

WASHINGTON IS THE BEST YEAH!

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7Colorado

Colorado is a gem, and one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you like big cities there's Denver which has everything you need. However it is the rest of the state that makes Colorado what it is. There are huge beautiful mountains that are geologically diverse and are covered in lush forests and rivers. Fishing and rafting are incredible, as well as the hiking and climbing. In addition to mountains there are deep canyons, huge sand dunes, big lakes, red rock formations, and deserts. The weather is awesome too, with all four seasons and so much sun during all of them. Colorado truly is a beautiful place and vastly underrated.

Colorado beautifully embodies the magnificance of the US from sea to shining sea... and the splendor in the middle.

Actually the best place ever, we have snow in the winter, bearably warm summers, and hey! Pot is legal here! We have literally the coolest outdoor amphitheater (Red Rocks), world class athletics (That part is a joke), and all of the beautiful scenery you could imagine. Everyone is happy, everyone is healthy, and you just can't beat the skiing.

Colorado is a beautiful place to live in. Everywhere you go, you'll see an amazing view of the mountains. Colorado is like a diamond that shines brightest as can be. Plus, Colorado has SO much snow. It's like Christmas all the time! You can have snowmen in your yard, have a snowball fight, anything you want to do with snow can happen in Colorado almost all the time!

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8Virginia

You can't beat the gorgeous valley were I was born and raised. Wonderful scenery in general, looks like Ireland with all the rolling green hills. And there's always stuff to do, hit up Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion, or all the malls and stores we have! My heart will always stay in the valley!

I have been to most states in the country and all on this list but I must say there is just something missing from every single state besides Virginia. Virginia has a beach, bay, islands, breathtaking rolling country hills and farmland, gorgeous mountains with amazing hiking, valleys, rivers for floating and whitewater rafting adventures, lakes, etc. You really can't beat the eclectic outdoors life of Virginia! Also though, Virginia has a VERY diverse group of cultures (varies by area) but is especially ethnically diverse in Northern Virginia. The "scene" also varies by area - Southern Virginia is more country-folk and sheltered, Richmond is very artsy and "hipster", Northern VA more competitive and fast-paced. Virginians are generally pretty awesome and a bit less closed-minded and sheltered than most other areas of the US. Virginia is also packed FULL of history and learning experiences (I can almost guarantee, with it being the first colony, that no state can ...more

Richmond is an excellent arts and music town, a city that's diverse and fun to explore without being too vast or over-crowded. The James river threads scenic wildlife right through the city, providing tons of great spots for hiking, socializing and sunbathing.

Beyond that, the state as a whole really has it all. The ocean, the mountains, the countryside, and the urban centers. And Northern VA, while often derided by the rest of VA for it's suburban sprawl, butts right up to Washington, DC. , and offers some great cities of its own, like Alexandria and Arlington.

Where virgins are from.

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9North Carolina

When you Live here you can go to the beach on Friday and go hiking and camping in the mountains the next day. We have great people and food. We have some of the top contenders when it comes to education and our school teams are judt outright amazing. We have a beautiful scenery for those who love nature and out right gorgeous towns and cities. We have one of the largest military bases in the country and that can give just about anyone a sense of security that some of these other states can compete with. We battle fields that show are willingness to what we believe in and landmarks that show our states ingenuity and creativity. We are also were Nascar racing truly sprang it's roots. We are a state that holds hard work and dedication to heart. I don't care what others say we are better than any other state.

North Carolina is the best place ever! It has perfect weather and beautiful beaches and mountains! We even created PEPSI AND AIRPLANES! NC is a great place to be!

North Carolina is awesome. It has everything, a beach, plains, hills, mountain, and a lot of forestation. Beautiful apartments and homes, and even lands that are for sale and are cheaper than other places. Schools are absolutely smart and educational ( they even take the students to Paris! ). Beautiful and not that costly, They also keep their animals and environment very good, you almost never see trash, and their is a lot of attraction.

The GOAT played her.

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10Arizona

I love Arizona it's so beautiful and the weather is just right my dad is from Arizona

Amazing mountains and geographical features like the grand canyon meteor crator the painted desert and the petrified forest. There are huge cities rural areas Amusement parks hot or cold areas. This state could fit anyones needs!

I live in Phoenix and wouldn't trade it for anything! Arizona is such an iconic state, so many westerns and movies being filmed here, many celebrities born or living here. There are so many amazing sights to see: Grand Canyon, horseshoe bend, meteor crater, the 4 corners, monument valley. Climates very nice.. Almost never any humidity

Well this is one of the best states I've visited. I traveled around USA and Arizona was the best. It had great weather and its was so beautiful in the Grand Canyon. I wish I can visit it again!

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The Contenders

11Massachusetts

Massachusetts has the best history in the United States. Some of the best state parks, food, and people. You want peace and quite go to the Berkshires or Connecticut River Valley where lush wooded hills and farms stretch across the region. Central Massachusetts is mostly farms but still very beautiful. Eastern Massachusetts has the History and best Vacation spots in the State.

The Bay State has some of the most beautiful historical places I have ever seen. The National Seashore, located in beautiful and historic Cape Call of Duty is one you will never forget. The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, MA. The Dr. Seuss museum is also located in Springfield, MA. BEST STATE IN THE UNION!

Massachusetts is a beautiful state with great parks. My favorite part about it is the national seashore. The weather is great in the summer and the beaches are wonderful. Going boating was the experience of a life time. You have to try it. I live in Ohio so it was fun to visit. I hope you take my advice and check it out. You can't forget about the celtics, bruins and boston red sox's. So many things to do and check out. Also a nice place to get a summer house at. HAVE FUN!

Love this place

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12Illinois

I have been living here for eleven years now. Chicago is the perfect destination to visit. It has a great beach and people enjoy to go shopping in Navy Pier. The people in the city are very kind with the exception of a few like every other state. The small towns are great too. They have great stores and restaurants. The BEARS!

I've been living for about 14 years now, it's such a beautiful city and I can guarantee everyone, you will love it here. From downtown to the beach, to the restaurants, then to the malls.. We have it all for you to enjoy and love!

Illinois is actually the sixth most popular state in the USA. And I think it's a perfect place to live in. I know Cause I lived their for seven years strait...

Illinois offers so many things and especially in downtown

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13Ohio

US airforce museum, Columbus zoo, Football Hall of Fame, Buckeyes, The Browns, Cedar Point, Cavs, Lake Erie, Salt fork, fishing, hunting, football, The Arnold Classic, there is just so much to do in Ohio. No real dangers natural disaster whys. Snow in winter and in summer it is very hot!

cincy but ohio sports we don't have what some others have but we fix that we have beaches parties nice skylines celebrities but can be fun weathers fair

VERY hot and humid in the summer but Lake Erie is a great Ohio pastime! Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island, Port Clinton, and other Lake Erie attractions are great! Lots of other things to do as well other than the lake, such as caverns, sports, grilling, beach parties, museums, etc.! Lots of big cities too!

Ohio is great

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14Minnesota

I Love Minnesota! Its a great state to live in. You can do pretty much anything. Mall of America is REALLY HUGE!
There's a Nickelodeon themed amusement park, and has a ton of rides. There's also a One Direction Store, American Girl Doll Store and Sea Life. Most people think that Minnesotans talk all funny and stuff, but to be honest I've never heard anyone with a Minnesotan accent in my life. Minnesota can get really HOT in the Summer and really COLD in the winter. This year of 2013 Spring came in March for a week and then left! So we had a really LONG winter, it lasted till the end of April. We have a lot of lakes, in my opinion they're more enjoyable then the ocean. Almost anywhere you go in Minnesota you'll most likely drive around a lake. We have more shoreline then Florida, California, and Hawaii combined. Also, Valley Fair is a great amusement park and the largest one in the Upper Midwest, it's located in Shakopee, Minnesota. You're looking for a place to vacation come to ...more

Minnesota is an incredible state to live in, especially the Twin Cities. If you're a hunter or fisherman, there are beautiful woods and over ten thousand lakes. If you love the arts, Minneapolis-St. Paul has more theaters than anywhere in the U.S. except New York and Chicago. Minnesota has great vacation areas like the North Shore of Lake Superior, the Brainerd Lakes area, and the Mississippi River bluffs area. Yes, it gets cold in the winter but that only adds to the variety of things to do, including skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. As for it getting too cold, you can always put more clothes on! I'd rather have that than the oppressive humidity in other parts of the country. The winter is long and the spring isn't always great but the summers and autumns are incomparable. No place is perfect, but the snow plows clear the roads quite quickly in the winter, even after heavy snows. All in all, there is no better place to live.

Minnesota is beautiful. If you go driving up north you'll fine thousands of gorgeous lakes. The weather is nice because, despite the cold winters, we have very warm summers, but they aren't unbearably hot like in several southern states. The Twin Cities are a very exciting urban destination, but there are tons of beautiful wildlife areas not far from it. Biking and walking paths are everywhere, and people are really nice. I just love Minnesota.

How are you here?

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15Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is such a great place- it's so relaxing and laid back. We stayed in the country and there was no graffiti except a smiley face. We stayed around the Mennonites and visited Amish- I think that it was kind of a God based society and that was very nice! It was very peaceful and relaxing and everyone was so nice! I would go back again if I could!

I live in Pennsylvania. My grandmother and I always talk about how this state is certainly a gift from God. The mountains are beautiful, the fall foliage is beautiful, and my favorite place in the whole state has to be Dauphin County. This state is full of smiling faces and a beautiful culture that has lasted for centuries.

I have been to every state, and currently reside in California but I voted for pa because how great there food is and how beautiful it is. The only thing I dislike is how hard it is to spell. Now that I've been here I don't want to leave

It's an awesome state and who ever doesn't like Pennsylvania that's just sad

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16Michigan

I think Michigan is one of the most underrated states out there, and it's a shame it gets a bad wrap as being a violent and rough state. Sure we have Detroit, a city which is struggling badly, however if you ever visit Detroit you'll realize it holds an incredible sense of pride. A sense of pride many thriving cities would kill for. But regardless of your opinion on Detroit's current status there's a lot more going in Michigan than Detroit. Michigan is quite unique for handful of reasons, Firstly the lower peninsula is one of, if not the most recognizable states from outer space... It looks like a mitten. Secondly we're just about the only state which is made up of two separate land masses (the Lower Peninsula and the UP (upper peninsula)) separated by the great lakes. I'm always amazed at how many people don't realize Michigan has two parts, and that they are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. The Mackinac Bridge is so underrated it kills me, I mean the thing is 26,000 feet long, it ...more

I don't see why people think Michigan is a death trap. Other than a few areas it is an ideal place to live. I have lived there for all 14 years of my life and I love it here. You get to experience all kinds of weather no matter what you like- snow, sun, rain, fog, etc. Although it has been a joke my whole life how it can rain for like 2 minutes and then stop for like 15 days and then come back. It would be like 30 degrees all week but on Wednesday it would be like 65 and then it would go back to 30s. And what we say when that hapenns is- " It's Michigan weather! " laugh out loud I love it here.

Amazing state for pretty much all seasons. We have the Great Lakes and are the only state with two masses bringing us into one. Only state that actually looks like something: a mitten. Sometimes called the Wolverine State even though there are no more wolverines in the state. Great golf courses and great for hunting and fishing. When people think of Michigan they think of Detroit and the crime, but that's not who we are. We have some of the most amazing views in the country and some of the nicest people. Home of Faygo, Ford, Coney Islands, and General Mills Cereal. Kid Rock, Enimen, Madonna, and more came from here. You can cross right over to Canada from Detroit. Amazing colleges such as University of Michigan and Michigan State. Home of the Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons. Besides Detroit and Flint, it's a relatively clean and safe state. Perfect place for a nice relaxing weekend in cities like Traverse City.

Best u.s state

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17New Jersey

Many shows and films take place here. It borders NYC and Philly, and has beautiful beaches and boardwalks. Atlantic City, Hoboken, and Jersey City. A lot of famous people are from here, A LOT. Princeton is here. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and other stuff here, and Albert Einstein lived here and taught at Princeton. I'm amazed it's ranked so low.

Number 17? That's insulting. George Washington is rolling over in his grave. He crossed the Delaware river into New Jersey to win one of his finest battles, Walt Whitman final resting place is in Camden, world wide landmarks like RCA and Campbell soup, New Jersey birthed the finest military leaders this country ever known in storming Norman and bulls Halsey. Grant it where abrasive, but that's what makes us special. That's why we should be much, much higher...

New Jersey is the best and most popular state in the entire world ever. It bleeping rocks. It has green fields, clear blue water, and lots of amazing animals. You will fall in love.

The most diverse and progressive state in the United States.

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18Alaska

Alaska is amazing and I lived there for 4 years and I would move back there to live their for the rest of my life. You are more free there to do whatever kind of stuff that you like to do. You have more fun their both in the summer but especially the winter. The animals there are cooler and better than other states, and there are a bigger variety of animals and wildlife their. You also have the northern lights and really cold winters there which are fun.

I was born and raised in Alaska for 15 years have been in Texas for 9 years and with me hearing there concerns I'm like what it's not like that they think it's cold all the time and dark and we have more open area to explore more animals then they do we have a beautiful ocean and we have more stuff to do during the winter time to have fun and also during the summer they are missing out

Alaska is so amazing and beautiful, there are so many different types of animals there and everyone thinks it is always cold and dark but it is only like that in the winter in the summer it has really nice weather. Plus the people there are really nice.

I've always though Alaska was just snow, snow, and more well, snow. But now, after researching, I've noticed. Alaska is as beautiful and many states combined. I want to go there badly...

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19New Hampshire

Best state to do anything from swimming to hiking even some city stuff. It is really tucked away, but is a little more densely populated than Maine. We are nicer than we get credit for.

One of the best places to go hiking skiing tubing and mountain climbing also has mount Washington

I LOVE New Hampshire! I live in California and every so often I fly over to see my cousins and I love it! This should be #1!

Since they've voted for Trump, all I can say is that this is the best state in America with people who can think for themselves without media brainwashing. - Mrveteran

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20Tennessee

It's such a beautiful place to go to! I love all the great places to see and there is tons of stuff for families! Tennessee is the place to go!

I've been to several places on vacations.While I loved them, I'm always glad to get back to Tennessee where you always get at least one or two friendly waves a day from passing cars.

Tennessee is a wonderful place to stay. It's snows just a bit during the winter. I used to live in Tennessee, but now I'm in Florida. Not so fun. It's way too hot, very hot. I've lived there for 9 years. Don't ask! I'm a child. I really miss Tennessee, my birthplace.

I'd do anything to go to Chattanooga, Memphis, or Nashville.

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