Worst States In America


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1WyomingWyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, but the least populous and the second least densely populated of the 50 United States.

The absolutely most miserable place in America. I have lived in 7 states and Wyoming has the least to offer. Pretty vistas get old after awhile, especially in freezing temps and mean spirited people.

Is it ever not freezing in this state? Great state to kill yourself in whether from driving on I-80 in February or from the misery of being cold and miserable most of the year.

Wyoming means in Jibberish: No state here. I have cousins who live here and they are the only people within 7 miles! My mom had me here and moved to Colorado (a GOOD state to live in) because she thought it would be horrendous to be in a classroom of 4 people.

Take it off #1! Wyoming is absolutely gorgeous and hospitable! Fresh air and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

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Mississippi does not need to change their flag. Yes, racism is bad, but why can't we just put the past behind us? The majority of racism happened in the 1800s, and we are in the 2000s now! Why can't we just forget about that, instead of everyone labeling you "racist" for something that is nothing of the sort? - Alpha101

I moved here from up north and this has been the best place I have ever lived... Friendly people... Low taxes... Small school systems and cost of living is great. Lots of entertainment and site seeing in a short drive in any direction. Glad I made Mississippi my home.

I live in Mississippi, and HATE it. There is NOTHING to do and we can't even get in our own gulf! The beach is nasty and there isn't anything fun for little kids to do.

Wyoming might be sparsely populated, but at least the population isn't made up of ignorant, racist, fat, bible thumping rednecks

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3Rhode IslandRhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States.

Who cares if its tiny have any of you ever been there?

High electric and gas rates, corrupt, taxes high, crowded as hell, run away!

Highest unemployment and everyone's miserable.

Rhode Island is tiny as hell.

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4New JerseyNew Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware.

New Jersey is actually one of the best states! Why you ask? 1) It is one of the richest states. 2) It has great public schools. 3) Beautiful, safe suburbs 4) Beautiful beaches 5) Being in the Greater New York City area it has great job potential and wonderful entertainment. There are also many beautiful lakes. In other words... New Jersey ROCKS!

New Jersey causes me hardcore anxiety and depression.

Um why is New Jersey here it's actually AWESOME!

Best state ever you California lovers. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

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5NevadaNevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Every where. Is bad except Las Vegas

Would not live anywhere else especially California

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6IowaIowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

7th highest property taxes in the country. High heating bills, low wages. the reason it's always on the best list by stupid city ratings is because there is no one but old people who live in Iowa. Real estate prices are way out of sink with the wages. Corporations and Insurance companies own the City council men. It's freezing from Oct to April. If you want to get in a car wreck from the snow and ice, or break something from a fall on ice, then move to Iowa. You'll be out of money in 1 year. I guarantee it.

The entire state smells from all the farms kinda gross.

Iowa is really boring. The only thing that came out of Iowa was Slipknot - SirSkeletorThe3rd

All this hate isn't deserved. It is great.

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This states is boring and really cheap. And tiny buildings as you can laugh are there also lol. Phoenix have small buildings and Tucson have tiny mini buildings. Well King Kong or another 9/11 attack would not attack building as well but Arizona sucks. Go to California, Nevada, New York, Florida, Colorado or Illinois at least.

Why isn't it in the top 10? Its sucks! Too many people there are racist.

I want to get out of here. Nothing to do. Just deserts and cactuses mostly, at least where I live. The heat is unbearable.

On GPS systems it says "in one mile more of sand turn left on more sand""in 3000 miles of more sand turn right on some more sand"

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8CaliforniaCalifornia is the most populous state in the United States and the third-most extensive state by area.

High unemployment. You can get a mansion elsewhere at the price of a shack here. Drought. Idiot government who spends all our tax dollars on Bullet Trains, and raises taxes. Terrible traffic. Illegal immigrants. Many people crammed onto the coast. Chance of a super quake. Weather is just hot, not nice. I would love to leave California if my money to move elsewhere wasn't taken to fund the Bullet Trains I will never need to use. - UglyBull

This state should be number 1 on this list. I moved here for a job after the military and have regretted it since the first day. Seems like 1 in 4 of my neighbors actually has a job.

Can't go anywhere without the gangland/prison mentality that infects this state like a cancer. I hope I can get out of this toilet of a state and go anywhere else. Let the garbage that lives here and loves their welfare state fall into the ocean for all I care.

California is BOMB! They have one of America's icons such as Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Yosemite National Park. Why are you people hating on this state?

I was born in California. The weather is good! Better than Texas, my current home

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9West Virginia

A Beautiful State, however, jobs are scarce and a lot of those working have to deal with uneducated people in management positions. There is also a, 'You will do it or your replacement will' mentality. The pay scale is also low in West Virginia creating more poverty and working poor. Education is hampered due to cost and the taxes on small business is horrible.

This whole place sucks. The people are nice but the poverty is unbearable and "education" is garbage. Just a disaster.

Disaster. It's the depression state, and one I always forget exists lol. There is nothing to do here, so you see why everyone is depressed.

A place for Hillbillies. They can't understand education and how money works cause they're so inbred and they can't even count to 4 - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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Florida I'd say stink, stank, stunk. Florida stinks! And I'll show you,
Lots of storms,
Lots of people smoke,
Lots of its meager cities are shrinking Like...
Oh, by the way there NFL football teams stink, most of all the jaguars SUCK

Let me guess this happened in Florida - bashed11

This is my favorite state! It actually has things do to and a clean beach.

Hater below, have you been to Florida?

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The Contenders


NEVER LIVE HERE. Boring, hot, humid, rainy. Winter is fine. The only reason to even visit is New Orleans.

It's probably going to be under water in 9 years and there is lots of drunks.

New Orleans is full of gangs and drunks. Louisiana is humid as hell. It's so boring.

Outstanding beaches, New Orleans... WHY YOU HATING ON THIS ONE?

12New YorkNew York is a state in the Northeastern United States and is the 27th-most extensive, fourth-most populous, and seventh-most densely populated U.S.

I'm from New York, and everything there is horrendously overrated or downright terrible. It's overpriced, overcrowded, crammed with the most awful people, terrible education system, absurdly high crime rates with no gun freedoms or decent police force, a culture of status and ignorance, corrupt government and law enforcement, I could write a book listing all the reasons New York sucks. Smug New Yorkers think that NYC is the cultural capital of the world, however there is literally nothing exclusive to NYC other than the size of the cockroaches.

Laugh out loud someone put Tennessee in twice, it is/was 34 & 44 on this list

Horrendously overrated? Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Coney Island, etc are boring. Yeah right.
Terrible education system? Really? The schools in NY are great, and there are many Ivy League universities.
Awful people? Please, you're probably just living in a trailer in Alabama, watching the Jerry Springer show and asking for a coke when you mean Mountain Dew (IT'S SODA, dammit! ). people here have actual hygiene, something the Deep South lacks. I can tell you're from the south, because they hate us northerners.
Absurdly high crime rates? Then why do I live somewhere completely safe? Hell, I don't even feel threatened walking around NYC. No police? Please.
It is the cultural capital of the US. You will never find a city with more cultures.
Size of the cockroaches? I think you mean Florida...

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13NebraskaNebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln.V1 Comment
14IllinoisIllinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.

Democrats have ruined Illinois and Chicago. High sales & property taxes, violent crimes, illegal immigrants, public schools are worse - children cannot read, unions are corrupt just like most of Illinois politicians (Dems & Republicans). Politician in Illinois only care about where there next buck is coming from for their pensions and health insurance, they could care less about the people. That's why America is on the decline, look where the president came from; another crooked democratic liberal that cares nothing about the US or hard working Americans not asking for handouts and welfare.

Illinois is the only state in the nation that still does not have a budget. Colleges are suffering layoffs and may be forced to close. They will lose their accreditation Social services are suffering. Can't wait to leave

Lots of rats. The people living there don't even like it. that's why they all go to up north Wisconsin every chance they get.

Illinois is just a big city and no wildlife - alaskangirl62

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15AlaskaAlaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

Everyone just can not say anything bad about this beautiful state which doesn't deserve this kind of publicity Alaska is like a cold Hawaii it's beautiful and it's huge I mean two time Texas and amazing high mountains and lots of cool wildlife that will blow your mind so in my opinion Alaska has no business being on this list at all although it may be a little chilly it's nothing a real person can't handle at all so don't hate on my state as a total Alaskan girl I will live here my whole life and stay proud of that choice. - Hanpan

I would never put Alaska in the top ten worst states this should be number one state in America (not California)! - alaskangirl62

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16New Mexico

Ranked as 47th worst state for business, 20% poverty rate, one of the most dangerous states in the country, has ranked 49th or 50th for child welfare for years, second highest heroin overdose rate in the country, in the bottom five states for education, the Albuquerque "International" Airport only has direct flights to 23 cities, police departments at the city, county and state levels have trouble filling their ranks, unemployment went from 6.2% in October of 2014 to 6.8% in October of 2015 while the rest of the country recovers, lost 11,500 in population in 2014, filled with stupid people who elected Susana Martinez twice. Mother Jones did a story on her a couple years ago entitled "Is Governor Susana Martinez the next Sarah Palin? " Unbelievably corrupt but it never makes the national news because only 2 million people live here and that's shrinking. It's the second worst managed state in the country. The secretary of state just resigned because she spent campaign money at various ...more

I live here and it still sucks. Nicknamed "Land of Entrapment" for a reason. Only good thing to come out of it is Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Hot air balloons just aren't that exciting.

What's wrong about NM? I lived in Albuquerqe almost 2 years and it was great- people are friendly, no racism, no poverty. This state is good!

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I hate how everyone hates Michigan cause the first thing that comes to mind is Detroit and Flint Michigan is probably the best state we have so much fresh water coastline. Michigan would be one of the best states if we just get rid of Detroit and Flint just cause 2 city's are horrible does not meant the whole state is.

Really, I think Michigan gets a bad reputation from all of the bad stuff surrounding Detroit. But there are people that are trying to change this, and apart from that Michigan's really a beautiful and great state.

The only thing bad about this state is the crimes around Detroit

It is complete ass.

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Alabama is The worst state in the southern United States

Alabama sucks it is poor boring stupid people here I will not ever live here again

Good place to be from. Can't understand what ever it is they speak. Strong, proud racist history. Lots of stupid people that like to repress people.

Rednecks. Poverty. Nothing to do. Just horrible.

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19IdahoIdaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

People who were born here love it; everybody else looks at them at says, "Really? " It's beautiful, but more addicts, drunks and homeless than anyplace else I've lived. Poor education, poorly managed cities, corrupt politicians and high poverty. Mexico does not send New Mexico it's best citizens...just saying. Cost of living and housing is reasonable, but housing value does not appreciate much. Great for retirement if you don't care about investment value of housing, and if you live in a safe, secure housing situation.

I was eating some mashed potatoes while typing this comment. - SubliminalMessages

20MissouriMissouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.

Everybody in this state is an idiot.

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1. Iowa
2. New Jersey
3. Mississippi
1. Wyoming
2. Rhode Island
3. Idaho
1. West Virginia
2. Mississippi
3. Tennessee

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