Best States in the U.S.A.

The Top Ten Best States in the U.S.A.

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. more.

Let's see...
-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

Wait, California is a state? I thought it was, like, a foreign country or something

The guy below me that said it is in the mid 60's all year round: you're an idiot and you clearly don't live in California if you believe that laugh out loud I lived their for 18 years. Hated every minute. Crowded, expensive, rude people. This and New York are 2 of the worst states to live in. Only plus side of California: Orange County, the beach, anywhere except LA, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Basically anywhere but the big cities.

Calm down. I live in California and there are so many tourist spots and nice scenery. This is a good state, you're just focusing on the negatives. - missyweirdo

It’s not very affordable, but it has beaches, waves, those supercars in rodeo street, supplies, people, cities, good condition, and high GDP. Besides the pollution and prices just live here if you can!

2 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.

The Florida Man news makes it show how hilariously stupid some floridans are. And Family Guy also dissed this state. - Mattblue66

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.

Trash state full of the dumbest people to ever exist. If something stupid happens in any other state, it's probably fake. If it happens here, it is probably true.

This state is so awesome to live in! It's like you don't even have to travel that far to feel like you're on vacation. Florida just has the vibes that everyone wishes they had.

3 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 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! - davakoh

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.

New York is worst thing I've herd of it's too populated I'm a country boy listen to rock back there all I would here is kiss pop rap nothing good I would let kiss kidnap me my ant is from New York she's not really my ant she's my cousin there horrible I live in Oklahoma they live in Texas Houston just had a horicane there but she tells her daughter your not gonna turn out like your brother in front of her son they never really bonded Doe but he's one year younger he basically locked in a cage he's not really locked in a cage the only time he gets funtime is with his dad

The lake effect snow is awesome! (Especially Tug Hill) Florida completely sucks in all ways and only the mountains of California are good.

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

Everything is literally bigger and cheaper here in Texas. Houses cost like half of what they are in California

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

This list is false. Texas is the obvoius choice. Everything great about the other states, we have the equivilent or better here.

Best state ever I'm from tx and I loved every minute of it can't believe its not number 1

5 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.

If not for the extreme cost to live there, I would vote Hawaii number one. It’s basically paradise.

This place is GORGEOUS! I love it! Every corner of Hawaii is beautiful and amazing!

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

6 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. - 10Jackson

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!

This state is so fun my aunt and grandpa moved here from misery and I visit there sometimess and the mountians are cool the only problem is colombine

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!

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

I live in Pa and there are tons of fun things to do here. We have hershey park, knoebels, dorney park, and so much more. There are some parts of Pa that can be bad but overall I love it here!

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 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. - chronicpack

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.

Why is washington 10th?

9 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 Uslysses S Grant, all come from Illinois. Lastly if you are in to finance illinois is your number 1 pick

I live only an hour south of downtown Chicago, and the city is beautiful, epic architecture, great music, and amazing food, the only issue is the gangs in the outlying neighborhoods, but Illinois has some scenic places as well like starved rock, and garden of the gods

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.

From big cities to country! Illinois is a great place for tourism!

10 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.

BEST STATE EVER! I'm glad it's higher than I thought, but it would be nice if it was higher.

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. - Beatlesboy9

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.

Minnesota is awesome. VIKINGS!

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

Bruh, Virginia is practically the reason this country exists

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.

IT IS THE BEST! We have the Jefferson's House and Washington's Too!

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.

12 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.


-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


-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.

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

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 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...

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.

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 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.

Beautiful love it hear steam valleys look up hocking hills state park

Cedar Point is one of the greatest amusement parks I've ever been to, Cincinnati is a great city, and the whole state is just a beautiful place

14 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.

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

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.

I love this state, better than job snatching Virginia - jackson734367

15 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. - BlackMetalHoundoom

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

I'm glad to see Maine so high up. - BrideiMacBella

Beautiful and underrated state

16 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. - ninja122710

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

Tennessee is the best state ever

I live in Tennessee - SimpsonsFan1989

17 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.

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

No sales tax and just about 24/7 perfect weather

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


18 Michigan

Just a Maryland girl living a Michigan world. That is what I am...

I am from Michigan and it's not so bad. Well, except for the Flint water crisis. - Mattblue66

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.

19 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.

Yeah that's right! Warm weather, good education. The only thing missing is a beach, but WHO CARES?!?! There's pools, resorts, good community, SUN TANS! Best state EVER! One reason other states have more votes is OVERPOPULATION! (no offense, they're great, but you got NOTHING on AZ! )

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

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)

Most underrated one
people think that there's nothing
but it's one of the most beautiful states - Zalgiris

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

Why does everyone hate Alaska's cold weather

21 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?!?!

KFC and the Kentucky Wildcats

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.


Kenton - Absol

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

Its an amazing state honestly... real pretty and the dells is so much fun!

I live in a small town but lots of fishing and huntig really great

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

Not many bad things about this state just an overall great place to be

23 Vermont

I simply can not think of a single downside. No crime, beautiful nature, good economy, civil liberties galore. I think the likes of Washington and Franklin, the great men who built this nation, would be impressed with the world of Vermont.

Awesome state! Great camping and scenery! - VGCI_Plays

What a beautiful state!

Someday I will get out of Nebraska and come here. Mark my words!

24 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!

The best state to live in!

25 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."

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!

Awesome skiing, scenery, and national parks, successful economy, hardworking people.

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!

26 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...


27 Georgia Georgia is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies.

I vote this because I live here down side is that the weather is about equal to Death Valley's temp

You know I'm going to vote Georgia because I live here----I think most people did the same thing for their states :) I don't have anything against any other states but I like them all! They're all unique!

Georgia has lakes, good weather, four seasons, nice people, diversity, black women and ATLANTA. I live here and can't get out of here. It's safe, there are jobs, nice people, it's affordable, fun and much more. Come and find out for yourself. Other states suck big time.

Obviously the best state

28 Idaho Idaho 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.

Should be named idahoe. Cool cause of that only.

29 Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña.

Montana in my opinion is the most underrated state, and it is beautiful!

There is no other state as beautiful as Montana. Just Google "glacier national park" or "Beartooth range Montana" and you'll see exactly what I mean. No other state even comes CLOSE to the beauty of Montana. I mean, California has the Sierra's but they pale in comparison to the glacially carved Northern Rockies of Montana.

Glad its #19. Don't believe the myths that the snow never melts. It's full of mountains and places to explore, such as the sadly dwindling Glacier National Park. There are some great places to live such as Missoula and Bozeman that are always overlooked.

Montana is so pretty. It is a awesome state. Yellowstone National Park is in Montana. - ninja122710

30 New Jersey New 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.

NJ should be getting so much more attention. There's so much rich history and culture here. Atlantic City and the Edison Tower are amazing too!

If you don't live in Newark, Trenton, Camden, Paterson, or any other ghetto here you will live in a great neighborhood at most 1 hour from either NYC or Philly, 2 of the greatest cities in the world. Jersey shore isn't trash like MTV portrays it. You should check out towns here like Franklin Lakes, Saddle River, Alpine, Upper Saddle River, Mendham, Mountain Lakes, the rest of Morris County, Somerset County, Essex Fells, Montclair, West Orange, Livingston, Cherry Hill, Princeton, and places like this. The wealth here is crazy. Your hair will be blown back. This is what Jersey really is. Go to Long Beach Island for a weekend and tell me you want to leave and I'll call you the biggest liar ever for saying that. (Which you are)

welcome to the richest, coolest, densest, former smartest, underrated, east coast, home to the most talented people- state in America. p. s. Atlantic City rules!

Cold winters, sunny summers, friendly people, and nice and quiet! New Jersey rocks!

31 Nebraska Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln.

If you live in Nebraska, I highly suggest Lincoln, not Omaha. Omaha is has a lot more crime, lousy parks, is not bike friendly. Of all the places I've lived Lincoln has the best bike/running trails. - tatef87

Well, this list might as well be the most populated states in order - tatef87

Nebraska has really good places to get jobs. It also has decent weather in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. We don't get earthquakes, tsunamis, nor hurricanes. We do have tornados (rarely), hailstorms/snowstorms, thunderstorms/rainstorms, and very, very few floods though. Nebraska has a high education system. In my opinion, Omaha is the best city there.

Nebraska is just for the rich farmers and do not care about the working poor. I know I was born there and now I am stuck in Columbus, Nebraska where there is only a Walmart, HyVee and Save Mart Store to shop in. What a disaster I wished I stayed In Lincoln, Nebraska because there were some Democrats there.

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

Great snow, great desert and scenery, and no taxes! It's a paradise for libertarians and ancaps like myself who enjoy beautiful scenery like this state has to offer. Also, if you're a partier, Las Vegas is great for gambling.

Las Vegas really makes Nevada popular. If you go there you at least come home with $100.

It's more than Las Vegas or Reno here in Nevada. Area 51 is located in Nevada!

The warm and hot desert makes it a great state.

33 Alabama Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

As an Alabamian, I have to say that I love my state! Sure, some people are mean and racist, but you have to understand that not everyone who lives there is. The traffic and construction could be better, but overall, it's a pretty great place. I love my state! - PandasNGaga

Best state in the US

Worst state. Very racist. Especially in the 60s

This is a great state why is it 44 it's got a population of 4 million people it is 52,000 sq miles 100% of the people are nice

34 New Hampshire

So under rated this should be at least be in the top five NH for life!

I love New Hampshire because of how peaceful and beautiful it is

Boy number one! Or at least five

Best state I lived in.

35 Wyoming Wyoming 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.

Has the Yellowstone National Park

You thought Wyoming was real now scroll back up

Wyoming does not exist

So peaceful

36 South Dakota

I live here and you don't get more culture than South Dakota. There is Mount Rushmore, The Sioux river, Lots of legends of outlaws, and great state parks. South Dakota has some friendly small towns you'll come across and some decent sized cities. There are even great museums! Sure we don't have all the bells and whistles, but South Dakota is good ol' folks

More wars and history than any other state, not to mention Crazy Horse and Rushmore. This state has everything, except for fame apparently

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

Great colleges! Amazing, clean cities to live in! People are also very friendly!

Since I live here I feel obligated to vote for it... But it's not that bad..

I only voted this cause I’ve lived here half my life.

38 Oklahoma

Yuh Oklahoma, 47th worst state on the news, 34th best state on the top tens.

Oklahoma, though forgotten, has the some of the nicest people I've met. They have 'big' cities and lots of traffic, but aren't rude like in other places and are patient.

People say Oklahoma is boring and has way too many tornadoes. Okay how does that even make sense? How could you be bored during a tornado? At least Oklahoma isn’t a state that has erosion issues (California) or a state that calls you racist for simply saying the word “black” (New York).

39 Iowa Iowa 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.

Provides food for the whole world. Mile after mile of corn fields. Lots of pigs and cows.10% of the countries food is from Iowa. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITH OUT IT! - cfb

Iowa rocks so shut up. the whole state doesn't smell I would know

Best state because slipknot - X4AJ

Is it not surprising that the most polulus states are ranked high in the in polls.

40 North Dakota North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889.

Quiet, cold, and beautiful. So much to do in North Dakota!

One word: Oil. - X4AJ

Thank you this is probably the first thing I hear something postive in this godforsaken website
I'm born in North Dakota

North Dakota is the best state in the us people are kind and friendly, we have the best economy in the u.s since we are the biggest producers in wheat barley corn bean and many other crops since 90 pecent of our land is farms and oil rigs. withought us the u.s would loose 4000 nukes and would loose the b-52 bomber. and were are argueably the most beautiful state in the u.s with thedore roosevelt national park.

41 Louisiana

I've been to New Orleans, and it was so much fun! I don't think I would live in New Orleans, but it's such a fun place to visit! - PandasNGaga

Food is good.

Best state

"Kentucky, LOUISIANA and... "
Go to the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street!
They have the best binyet's there.

42 Indiana

People are nice, in Indianapolis, they have the #1 children's museum in the United States! Also, lots of sports and fun museums to go around! Even in the biggest metropolitan area in the state totaling at over 1.7 million, (Carmel-Indianapolis) prices for houses are very reasonable! Also, there are nice colleges, like Purdue University.

Affordable, friendly, and full of opportunity. You can afford a home easily, and apart from Gary and some parts of Indianapolis, most of the state is very safe. Taxes are reasonable and the overall cost of living is nice and low. And any time you want to take a road trip, it's easy - you're at the crossroads of America.

We have colleges, colts, Indianapolis and fort Wayne, and best of all CORN! So lets be honest everybody loves corn!

Indiana is the second largest producer of ice cream...
Has lots of country rural areas...
Has some of the best hospitality in the world...
But who can say no to ICECREAM...especially indiana's hommade!

43 New Mexico

It is a beautiful state and the state to have the most culture, really neat and awesome state. Beautiful time for hiking

#39? It's so much better than California!

Stop criticizing New Mexico, it's a nice, unique place.

Nice and warm weather is just what we need.

44 Connecticut

Even though it is expensive it is very good with the school systems and has lots of trees

There is so much to love about Connecticut.

This would have been higher. It’s the most underrated state. Middletown is always the best.

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

Rhode Island should defiantly be much higher than this. Yes it is small but that means I can get to the beach, the city, the mountains or a body of water in under 15 minutes. We have all 4 seasons and not many states have that. Who wants to be sweating 24/7 in Florida. Or freezing your butt off in Maine. Not to mention fall is gorgeous with all the different colored leaves. Plus we have things that others states don’t have (which are great) like coffee milk and dels. So Rhode Island should defiantly be higher on this list

48? Rhode island is a nice looking state, I bet this is way at the bottom because its tiny. Don't judge on the size!

46 Delaware Delaware is one of the Mid-Atlantic states located in the Northeast megalopolis region of the United States.

It's great mainly because of it's proximity to better places. You can get to Philly in less than an hour, Baltimore, New York City, and DC in less than two hours, and Boston, Toronto, Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and several other cities within eight or so hours of driving. Also, Joe Biden, Fight Club, and no sales tax. - ColinH

47 West Virginia West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, more.

I can't believe this. I was born in Ohio. I lived there most of my life. Since then I've lived in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and I easily had the best experience in West Virginia.

What the heck?! West Virginia at last? THIS IS A DISGRACE! - Mooshroomsrock17

Oh come on, WV is a great state the only flaw is that education isn't the best here & job opportunities are a little scarce but other than that WV is great, Much better than California.

Pity vote. Is it that bad here?

48 Mississippi Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

Mississippi is a state in the South of the United States of America. Most of its western border (with Arkansas and Louisiana) is the mighty Mississippi River. Tennessee lies to the north and Alabama to the east, and it has a small coastline on the Gulf of Mexico to the south. - chronicpack

This is home to the KKK

Just because it has a bad flag doesn't mean it's bad. California's 100 times worse! - Maddox121

Redneck nation

49 Kansas Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area.

Kansas is a great place to live. We have nice, warm summers, and cold winters. The people here are also pretty nice. I've lived in Texas, California, and Kansas, and Kansas is by far the best place out of the three.

I’m from southwestern Kansas, so the weather where I live is different from most of the state, but we generally get warm summers and quite mild winters (rarely gets below 40 degrees Fahrenheit). Contrary to popular belief, tornadoes here are quite rare. In the 12 years of living here, I’ve never seen one, and only have gotten a warning once. Sure, the landscapes are pretty boring but there are some nice hilly, rocky, thick forests in the southeastern regions. On top of that, living here if very cheap.

There are farms and crap, it’s below zero in the winter and over 100 in the summer. There’s like only one nice city and everything else is rural crap. I mean there are sunflowers and a mountain that isn't even a mountain. I mean we have some good BBQ in KC but western Kansas is boring. The sports teams are decent but they’re technically in MO. Plus it’s flatter than a pancake.

50 Arkansas Arkansas is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Its name is of Siouan derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians.

I got family down in Arkansas, the northern part is beautiful, lots of caves, wildlife, and crystal clear spring fed rivers, and their southern American culture still lives on like it has for the past century

Arkansas got that southern pride! Once you visit the southern delta of Arkansas, youll find true simple living! And a little of mamma's cornbread! THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN!

Arkansas is very cheap. Check CNBC.