Best States in the U.S.A.

The Top Ten

1 California California is a state in the Southwestern United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 square kilometers), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento, and the largest city is Los Angeles. ...read more.

The best and worst state in the US. You can live in somewhere rich like Irvine, Sunnyvale or Thousand Oaks, or you can live somewhere N.W.A (reference to the rap group) like Compton, San Bernardino, or Oakland. It would be hard to rank California in like this.

Let's see...
-Hollywood
-Disneyland
-beautiful national parks
-most populous
-best stereotypes
-if it were separate country, it would have fifth highest GDP, behind only China, U.S, Japan, and Germany
-provides 2/3 of U.S's fruit and nuts
-great weather
-just generally nice people

There should be no debate about this Florida is hot and humid. In southern California the temperature can be in the mid 60's all year round. In northern California it provides some of the best and most scenic national parks in the world including yosemite, sequoia, and Kings Canyon. When people think of California they think of the beach and big cities but they don't seem to remember the variety of places to visit that this wonderful state has.

Mid 60's! Honey, no. It gets really hot and reaches the mid 70's and high 80's most of the time. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

California hands down. It has the most to offer for places to visit. It has the most breathtaking scenery in all the country. Lake Tahoe, the Pacific Ocean, and Yosemite to mention a few. It has the best weather. It also has many outstanding wineries throughout the state which are located in beautiful surroundings. It's great to live in a place where you can travel close by and have so much to offer!

2 New York New York is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic Region. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is ...read more.

Florida is the center of art, talent, development and presidential leadership. Yes it has many rules, road signs and tolls but that is there to contribute to the organization a of this state. There is untouchable law and order and crimes are dealt with immediately. It's towns, neighborhoods and cities are kept safe and people are not worried. At least, I'M not worried. It might like in tourism when you compare it to other states but that is ONE FLAW. There are literally thousands of shops, entertainment venues and fast food restaurants to keep people happy. New York, YOU'RE A WINNER!

Downstate and NYC/Long Island are great if you can afford them. When you live here, you are spoiled for choice and can't accept the mediocrity of other places. Anything North of Westchester stinks, especially Albany and the other towns surrounding it as they are black holes of corruption. People dream of living in NY from all over the world. Too bad it's just that, a dream, for many people. Too many of us have to leave our families and move to other places to survive.

Definitely represents the best of America "New York as well as three other states" that value all people, regardless of gender, religion, cultural interests, family values, or race, America’s hot topic. Pre-9/11 and Post-9/11, New Yorkers know how to treat people with dignity and genuine American compassion, regardless of who is in power.

When most people think of New York, they think of the city with you know, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, but it’s the city with the same name as the state. Of course there are dangerous parts of the state you should avoid going to, but for the most part, it’s kind of a great place to live and visit.

3 Florida Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

This is the best state because it has Disney World, Universal, warm weather and some fine beaches to swim in. Even though the beaches in Menorca are 100x better. It may be humid but just keep drinking and you will be having a ball. Unlike California their are no wild fires because their are no hills also winters are never freezing cold so if you come in the winter then you have cut your cold days short! Florida is the best someone put it up to number 1!

In my opinion, although I haven't been to Florida before, I think that it is an AMAZING state! It is similar to Disneyland, in France, which I've been to before. And it may possibly have beautiful beaches and cruises and it would definitely have many tourist attractions so that would be pretty awesome. This state is totally recommended to people who haven't been to it yet.

I live in Florida, and it is paradise there. There are so many activities to do in Florida. There is Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld, the Kennedy Space Center, Legoland, and the list goes on! You could take a relaxing vacation to Miami or Daytona Beach, visit the Everglades, or visit the state's capital, Tallahassee.

I Live in Florida and let me tell it pretty awesome especially because has nice weather all the time and it's the state that doesn't also its known for its great beaches/ Florida is where all NASA Shuttles take off Including Apollo 13 And Florida is amazing Orlando, Miami, clearwater, and Tampa.

4 Texas Texas is a state in the Southern USA. It is the second largest by area and population. Its largest city is Houston.

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I live in California but it is difficult for our family to afford a house in the Bay Area, where my dad works. Our rent is 3k a year for a less than 1k square foot apartment. I want to move to Texas when I grow up because they have great homes for cheap prices.

I love Tx. it's my state. I'm always traveling. but no matter how much I'm enjoying my visit to a new country I can't wait to fly back to my hometown in Tx. there's only 1 major con, how Texans brag about how good this state is ( I'm one of them lol). Yes, Tx is a great state and worth bragging about, but they are what gives Tx the low rep... Still a great state, love you

Let's face it, New York and California are corrupted to the core by socialism and communism. You want a free and more conservative, tranditional state, Texas is probably the best.

Definitely the best state out there, probably the most underrated as well, when it comes to entertainment we have six flags, the riverwalk, la galleria, the tower of America, and other small gems, with texas having just as much if not more great cities than California being San Antonio Houston Dallas and so on while overrated New York is only known for New York City, housing in our major cities is way cheaper than New York City and Los Angeles where you can buy much more affordable homes/apartments this is what makes me proud to be a texan

5 Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

The most fit state with the most sunshine. Activities and bike paths everywhere. Most people are decent drivers and the cost of living isn't that expensive. Everyone is moving here for a reason! Absolutely awesome state, especially if you enjoy many different kinds of weather. The liberal drug policies are also appealing to me and many other people, but hey if you don't wanna smoke weed nobody is making you. The flag is also very cool and clean looking. Mountains are beautiful. Doesn't get too hot or too cold for much of the year. Great schools and great careers. This is just a fantastic state all around. I can't think of one thing I honestly dislike about it. It's not liberal not conservative, but somewhere in the middle. It's just a great place to live. Great beer too.

Yes, yes, and yes! This state is the absolute best in the nation! There is so much to do there! It has everything: Mountains, lakes, rivers, tourism, forests, campgrounds, large cities (Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Pueblo, Greeley, Fort Collins), great restaurants, decent schools, diversity, great state parks, national monuments, natural sculptures, you name it! I lived in Colorado for ten years, and I can't wait to move back! I live in Oregon, and nothing can compare to Colorado! It is the most beautiful state in the nation, and a great place to live! I can't wait to move back and say, "Colorado, I'm home! " I think Oregon is okay, but I can't wait to be a police officer in Colorado! Thank the Lord for blessing us with this state! I love you, Colorado!

It's a great place to visit with a lot to do. Its also a great place to live. Nice neighbors, plenty of resources, good schools/colleges, many opportunities, etc. Its just a really awesome state! I'd say it's the state of dreams too!

Colorado is the best state ever! We have mountains, awesome ski resorts, and red rocks ampitheater, known as the best place in america to see a concert! You will die an unhappy person if you don't go to Colorado!

6 Hawaii Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America, receiving statehood on August 21, 1959.

I know it seems too obvious to be true but come on, you all know that this state is the best. Literally nothing is wrong with it. Honolulu is overrated and its still one of the greatest cities of all time. Everything is perfection. Once you take your first step in Hawaii and take your first breath of tropical air, you will fall in love.

Hawaii is the best place for vacation. It is a clean island with a lot of excitement.

The place is beautitul. They have nice beaches there and has a warm climate a lot of the times.

It's small though To live in what if I want to go to other states?

You'd be surprised, it's actually pretty large! Not as big as most mainland states, but large enough for it to take over an hour to drive across even the smaller islands. And even then, every single island has a LOT to do. Beaches, parks, mountains, canyons and forest reserves are on every island.

7 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

The Keystone State has been home to the Nation's capitol (Philadelphia 6xs, Lancaster, & York), the Birthplace of the nation, the first true religious freedom state, First place of protest against slavery in the U.S. A, some of the biggest manufactures reside in the state (US Steel, Heinz, Hershey), Home to many of the countries first and/or oldest (Bank, Fire department, University, Art Museum, Zoo, Library system, Medical School, and literally almost every else. ) The geographical makeup of the state is also very diverse, as well as the people and animals which inhabit the state. Pennsylvania is indeed a VERY underrated state.

Pennsylvania is a beautiful state. there are a lot of things to do in Pa. Philadelphia has the liberty bell. Hershey is also a great place to go home of Americas favorite chocolate Hershey's chocolate there's chocolate world. Pennsylvania is also my home state. Pennsylvania is not the best state but still it is a very nice state and definitely one of the top ten best states in the. U.S.A.

Pennsylvania is by far the most underrated state. It has preserved its culture and beauty. Sometimes I think you haven't lived in America until you've toured the Amish and historic areas of the state. Plus, you can't forget that Philadelphia is here, history and all. And what would we do without Hershey's?

I lived here for a few years & It is ok. It has it's good & bad parts. The people we're very Close-Minded, Rude & Entitled when I first moved here in a small country town. Then I went to Philly & the people came off Lively, Hard-Working & Accepting. It has good & bad people. I got a chance to see both.

8 Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

Washington is the best state to live in there are so many beautiful things to see and the wildlife is amazing a beautiful capital building and the beautiful lakes and rivers + all the forests and mountains truly make Washington the best state.

Washington. You can find a happy medium for all. As far as the person who disputed the 60s weather and said they lived there for 18 years and is sucked? Does that mean you lived in every part?

This rain stereotype is awful. Washington has mountains, pine tree forests, and gorgeous summers with long days.

Trees, forests, and connections to the Pacific Ocean, why would you NOT want to live here? It's a great place to settle down afterall...

9 Minnesota Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory.

Cold winters and summers that are not that hot. I love winter, so our cold and deep snow and below zero is beautiful.
I live in Bloomington, it's nice and quiet and safe and we have the Mall of America. The Twin Cities are not dangerous, they are safe and so much fun. We have the best changing leaves in the fall, with gigantic leaf piles.
I have three daughters (eleven, nine, and three), and a dog. I consider this the best place to raise kids.
MOA (as us Minnesotans call it) has an American Girl Store (we love AG), an INDOOR amusement park (our favorites are the log chute and the Backyardigans Swing), a movie theater, an aquarium, and more.
There's Irvine Park in St. Paul, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis.
Minnesota is the best state ever and there is always something to do. Bloomington is a suburb of Twin Cities, so we are part of the Twin Cities, not outstate!

I live in West St. Paul, and all I can say is, a lot of bunnies and trees. Which is a perk. Also, we have Mall of America. You should go check it out if you haven't been there or going on a trip to this state.

Glad to see my home state up so high where it should be. We have amazingly warm Summer's like Florida, and cold winters like Alaska, Minnesota is the best.

Minnesota is great! I like in Lakeville and its kinda by the twin cities. I like to go to the Burnsville mall. oh, and moa, I always go there for my bday. water parks are everywhere too, including the water park of America. in conclusion, Minnesota is great and in my opinion, it's the #1 place to live.

10 Illinois Illinois 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.

Illinois is the best state mainly because it has one of the biggest farming industries in the U.S alongside Nebraska. Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th amendment to abolish slavery. Illinois is also a leading producer in corn, soy beans, and swine. The state of Illinois houses more than 74,600 farms at 357 acres. It has a vast variety of soils which means you'll be able grow and plant many crops. Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Ulysses S Grant, all come from Illinois. Lastly if you are into finance Illinois is your number 1 pick.

I love downtown Chicago! (Besides all the crazed up chig. weather of course) if you're afraid of racism come live here, we're a complete democratic state and very peaceful and nice people so don't worry at all!

What a beautiful state! This is such a nice place to live in. Illinoisans are very kind, friendly, and nice. There is great food, gorgeous places, and the most amazing skyline!

Chicago AKA the Windy City is a nice place to be. A lot of job opportunities right by Lake Michigan and has the 2nd tallest building in the world.

The Contenders

11 Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.

-Diverse

-Has Boston one of America's finest cities

-One of the strongest economies in the country

-The top 2 universities in the world MIT and Harvard

-Beaches

-Six flags

-Largest mall in new England (Natick mall)

-First state to legalize gay marriage

-Lots of history

-close to New York City

-Universal healthcare

-#1 in education in U.S. and #8 in the world

-One of the wealthiest stages

-Valentines cards, birth control, and basketball were invented in Massachusetts

-Thanksgiving originated here

-one of the greenest and healthiest states

These are just a few things that this state has to offer or gave the world. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one if not the best state in the U.S. and the world.

This is the stereotypical New England state. People love baseball and sea food and the ocean. Well most would visit Boston, I think cape Call of Duty is the best. Calm water, beaches and great white sharks. This cape is the best part of the state.

I'm a Bostonian and I can tell you that Massachusetts,New York, California, Washington and Connecticut are the best and best educated states.

I do like some other states more but I feel so bad for Massachusetts because it's 38! Boston, Cambridge, Cape Call of Duty, Martha's Vineyard...

12 Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

All the history, amazing food, beautiful views, what more do you want? It's sadly being corrupted by some, (So many military people, and so many northerners) but you can thank this state for the best presidents and more.

Hello, the best state your looking at there would be no United States if it weren't for Virginia because it is the capital of the white house.

What is Virginia doing on this list? This state is the WORST! Rude people, Ghetto, and this place is disgusting. The only good thing about Virginia is Bucsh Gardens. that's IT.

They also steal jobs from Maryland, and they are all crybabies.

This state is the most beautiful, underrated state. Great people, great services, it"s the American dream.

13 Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

This state is underrated. The schools are great, and the people are awesome. Most people just think of this as a cornfield wasteland, but Ohio is a great place to be and live

Ohio is the best we have 2 football teams and have the best soil for growing food we also have the Appalachian mountains which are beautiful and Cincinnati has kings island and in Sandusky cedar point and we have the first person on the moon and Putin bay. beat that.

So nice... Central Ohio has some of the biggest houses you will ever see. We have great education, and are learning concepts most learn in adult years. by the way... California is overrated!

Ohio has every thing really cars the first person to step on the moon everyone is an idiot.

14 Maine

As someone who lives in Maine, I can easily say that Maine is a great state, low crime rate, quite and peaceful neighborhoods up north, great scenery, and a great tourist sight. If you visit Maine I recommend you explore the entire state and do some sightseeing, don't forget to buy a bottle of Moxie a soda only sold in Maine you'll have a 50/50 chance of liking it though. The only downside for me is the winter and snowfall that can occur even in April.

Where else could you find beautiful scenery and rivers? Maine! Friendly people, quiet, and beautiful.

The people here are ultra-friendly. +1!

Beautiful and underrated state

15 Maryland Maryland is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

I was born in Maryland, it was the best, sometimes I wish I stayed in Maryland, I left my best and first friend in Maryland. I wish I never moved to Michigan, but I guess Michigan is good.

There would be no Washington DC if it were not for Maryland. It may not be the best state ever, but it is an extremely important one.

The most important state is Maryland. Washington DC and the White House and all of that important stuff.

We have awesome things and we have Delicious crabs and we are proud of our state

16 Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.

I am from Oregon but I now live in Texas. Oregon is awesome ith fresh air huge trees and large hills

Lots of snow. Oregon has the best rain and gardens. It's great!

No sales tax and just about 24/7 perfect weather

No sales tax

17 Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

Tennessee is awesome. I just think woke people are to lazy to come to Tennessee. Tennessee is fabulous.

The king of rock was born their, T.V. show, and tennessee whisky

Tennessee is the best state ever

I live in Tennessee

18 Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

I live here and its like a bubble, you are amazed with other states weather and people. Though a lot of people are saying that we are ¨Crack heads¨ every states has ghettos and our capital city here is one of them. If you want to go to somewhere nice, go to Scottsdale or Flagstaff.

Nice place not to forget about the lakes and snow!

Lakes In Summer

Flagstaff In Winter.

The desert is a great place to look at in the sun.

My home state is definitely my favorite state

19 North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Friendly people, fairly cold winters, and hot summers. Pepsi was invented in North Carolina and so was airplanes. Great beaches, and lots of things to do!

Mountains, Foothills, Beaches, Fantastic Food, Our State Magazine, face it... North Carolina has it all.

Carowinds is so much fun, Greensboro is awesome, the mountains are amazing, and the beaches are great!

Charlotte is the place to be!
I have almost spent 1 day here!

20 Alaska Alaska 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.

Alaska is a beautiful place to live, to visit, and to stay. Alaska was declared a state on January 3, 1959. America did purchase Alaska in 1867. Alaska has evolved into a great place with endless adventures and hikes. Beauty is from every angle. There is a giant chocolate fountain here in Alaska! And great food, nice people, nice houses, all you need to live. This is my favorite state, (Besides California)

This place is so cold that people would have a hard time adapting to living here.

Lakes, mountains, cold winters and chilly summers, and kind people. Awesome!

Alaska is #15 on both most and least hated states. I don't know why

21 Wisconsin Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Best State ever. We have the best cheese in the country. The dells is really fun! Lots of fun activities! We have fishing and hunting. Its beautiful. We have the Packers ,too! Go Pack Go. We have beer and cheese. Living in Wisconsin taught me a lot. But most of all, it home.

We should be higher on this list! Wisconsin has the world’s largest organ museum, we have the largest indoor water park in the world, is the birthplace of Harry Houdini, and won the race to be the first state to accept the 19th Amendment, giving women more rights. If this list doesn’t get higher, I honestly don’t know what will.

My home state! We got it all here, cheese, beer, bratwursts, and good sports (Go Pack Go). And the weather is really nice and mild in the summer, and snowy winters (I really like snow). Wisconsin should be at least in the top ten! -PackFan2005

The land of cheese and beer, need I say anymore, where else can you expeirance all types of weather in four days?

22 Michigan

Number 24, WHAT! Michigan is awesome. It has the longest coastline in the lower 48 and is magnificent. People say Detroit is dangerous, but it is not that bad. Detroit is close to both Lake Huron and Erie, and is situated right on lake st Clair. Sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore is underrated compared to Yosemite and Yellowstone. There are tons of beaches in Michigan and no sharks, just friendly lake sturgeon.

A lot of people have cottages up in Michigan and you could go fishing in a bunch of lakes to choose from. Pure Michigan.

I am from Michigan and it's not so bad. Well, except for the Flint water crisis.

Detroit is awesome and probably has the greatest airport in America

23 Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

It has everything and its not top 5?!?!

I live in and was born in Louisville and how is this not top 3? Muhammad Ali, KFC, And 2 straight NCAA Championships from Kentucky.

P.S GO CARDSS

KFC and the Kentucky Wildcats

24 Utah Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

TheTopTens is based on here, want proof? Go to the Terms of Use and the number 19 of it, it's says "The Site, any information provided from it and the Terms of Use are given and made in the state of Utah, United States of America."

Uh... Have you seen our National Parks. That's right. Utah has everything from the best snow on Earth, to beaches by our Great Salty lake. We get wonderfully warm summers and beautiful white Christmas's. Yeah. Utah is the best ever!

Contains some of the best National Parks in the United States. Hosted the 2002 Olympics. Has the greatest snow on earth...could I go on?

I LOVE IT HERE! There are great national parks, lagoon, fan x, a TON of concerts, hikes, lakes, and so much more! It's beautiful!

25 South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

I live in Columbia and it's a really good place to live! The education may not be the BEST in the US but we still learn what we need to learn in order to be successful in life! The city is very nice, the state parks are great, and the people are friendly! South Carolina is really not as bad as people say it is. It's a great place!

I like how South Carolina is right below North Carolina on this list, just like it is on the map.

Nothing could be finer than being in Carolina...

Loving SC

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