Top Ten Friendliest U.S. States

Here is a list of the most friendliest U.S. states.

The Top Ten

1 Minnesota 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.

This is a joke, right? I've lived in 7 states, visited 32 others. Minnesota (where I currently live) is by far the WORST state in the U.S. with the biggest jerks ever. Walk down the street and 3 out of 4 people will not say hello back when you say hi. They are mean, demeaning, foul, disgruntled people. Everywhere. Every store is bad. Non-profits are horrible. Churches suck. Now if you visit from out of state during a big thing like Super Bowl they all become very FAKE and ACT nice. They're not. Minnesotans are passive-aggressive, acting kind but in truth being very mean and will screw you no matter what. The Twin Cities are the worst, Rochester isn't much better, some small towns might be better but overall Minnesota is a horrible state. - MarkStevens

I have lived in Minnesota since I was in 7th grade. Then moved back east where most of my family lives because I never felt like I belonged in Minnesota. I moved back to Minnesota 12 years ago and still currently live in Minnesota I am now 41 years old single for 4 years now. And I can not find love nor can I find a good group of people to hang around because no one has been welcoming. Nice yes but fake nice. Not welcoming or belonging. And every one wants to feel like they belong. I am not happy here at all.

I usually would not comment on silly lists like this but reading the negative things people are writing makes me upset. There are kind and mean people in every state and to answer the person who said he has been in 32 other states so have I and so have other people. I have also traveled over half way around the world so what. It is true I find Minnesotans to be some of the kindest and nicest people and that's why I choose to stay in this beautiful state.

I survived 4 winters in Minnesota! I felt that the people were as cold as the weather. I am stunned that it was named number 1. What is the criteria for this study or is it merely someone's uninformed opinion?

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2 Iowa 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.

I drove thru Iowa Des Moines in particular, people were so so friendly. My thoughts were very friendly, helpful etc, not a lot of money going around, just a down to earth place. - Debbie880

Well it's very German. So obviously people are better here.

The best place you could ever ask. Super nice people in Iowa everywhere.

Even at the local Starbucks people are considerate. I was babysitting a kindergarten 5 year old boy and he had to go to the restroom. Someone came up to me a few minutes later and informed me that the door was really heavy so he might be having trouble getting out. How sweet! Then a lady pointed out and helped pick out a LEGO piece he had dropped.

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3 Colorado 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.

Colorado is beautiful, not as sophisticated as the east coast but beautiful and more laid back for sure if you enjoy the laid back lifestyle. Denver is a bit more to do, Colorado Springs, good places, so many leave the cold and move to Florida though. - Debbie880

I'm from Colorado I take lots of trips there and what I like is that everyone is so friendly and helpful

Rudest state is florida and new york

Best state ever! Never leaving

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4 North Carolina 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.

Unfriendliest state I've ever lived in!

NC is ok, but the real people are on the West side, friendly people of the Blue Ridge mountains, remember, people come down south to retire because of the traditional values, no one goes up North to retire!

If you care about the Civil War, move here. This is a horrendous state.

Can say much for the west coast but been to every state on east coast... There r some real losers to but I gotta say NC is right there on the top. I'm thinking the civil war and racism comments are politically driven.. as a whole I noticed people in the north were the most racist and southerners truly respect all people and are much more diverse. Mass sorry but you the worst!

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5 Washington 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.

I visited for 2 months, Federal Way near Seattle, loved it, People were not overly friendly but cordial. Its cold in the winter, it is a very nice place though. I would like to try the eastern part of the state. - Debbie880

Washington is an open minded and open hearted city.

They will talk to you but don't want to live with black folk's

Ok why are we 15 for rudest but 3 for friendliness too. That kinda describes the weather here too though

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6 Oregon 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.

The most hate filled state I've lived in. Not welcoming of others, especially their neighbor to the south. If you're not one of them then you're not one of them. If you lean even an inch to the right then you're just might as well not even bother trying to have a sensible conversation with anyone, plus they smoke too much pot and let the homeless crap all over the sidewalks from Portland to Medford.

I grew up in Oregon-left to enter the Navy at 19-stationed in Florida-which I loved-traveled the world-but nowhere compares with the compassionate nature and be who you are attitude of Oregonians. Too bad people from California complain about our beautiful state-spent two years in the Navy stationed in California-didn't like it all.

Very friendly

People will go out their way to help you I'm from California and I appreciate the nice gestures.

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7 Tennessee 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 has some really nice people but a lot are homophobic

From Memphis, every time I go somewhere else in Tennessee everybody cool, but here in Memphis all we wanna do is act tuff for no reason

I have met some very nice people and then I have met many others that have called me a yankee just because I moved here from another state and others that have asked me if I'm even a real Christian since I'm from one of those Northern States. I originally thought everyone was so nice until I started noticing people be nice in front of their "friends" and then talk nasty about them the second they left...oh yes and "Bless Your Heart" not nice at all...It is a beautiful state though and if you can stay around the decent people and don't let the other ones get to you then you will be ok...

I'm originally from California and when I first found out that I would be moving here a few years ago I was dreading it... I thought that everybody here would be hicks or Bible thumpers but it turned out that everyone is SO WONDERFUL! People here never walk past you without a hello and how are you doing? They always invite you over to "eat somethin' good" and the food is amazing. I miss Cali but I definitely don't mind staying in this sweet friendly place. And no not everyone is stupid here like most outsiders would think, in fact almost everyone I know is well educated

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

I was visiting NY with my daughter and we went and rented bikes to ride around Central Park and the gentleman who rented the bikes to us said that out of many tourist his favorite are the people from Texas. Ironically after reading these comments, I have to say that the man who rented us the bikes was black. I don't doubt racism exist but let's be honest here, prejudice is part of ALL colors. I was raised in poor, predominately black area, and "darker" blacks got made fun of and as a general rule is "less desired" from many in the community I was raised in, and then we also have to address white discrimination, I was the only white kid in the school and I was made fun of, picked on and stereo typed a lot. There was one white girl and I did not like her at all. I liked many other pretty black girls and said so. Once these other girls heard I ended up having a black girlfriend. All the identity politics of today is such a lie and tool to divide and get votes. Anyway, Texas is the BEST, ...more

Texas people have jobs (abundant commerce) therefore they are happy, kind, friendly and helpful. As stated above Texas still provides quality education so they do not fit the "ignorant southerner" misconception. It is a multi-cultural state and true Texans do not accept racism and WILL stand against it when it arises. There is so much to see and do, theatre, museums, pro athletic teams, and so many restaurants, cafes, coffee shops. you could visit a different restaurant every day for years!

Texas is the best! I lived in Jersey, upstate New York and Gainesville, Florida but Texas rocks!

I have lived in five states and traveled to many others. Texans are the nicest and most helpful to strangers. I was most impressed that the people working at Wall Mart went out of their way to help me find what I needed during my first week in Amarillo. Years later I'm srill here.

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

We moved here from Florida and we love it. Everybody is kind and welcoming. Also so pretty here. We love it. One bad police officer does not make the entire state bad. People who live in Georgia were very upset with what happened.

Every one there is so nice and is willing to take a e extra mile extra mile each day

I don't know

Ay we number ten. Its probably because we don't hate, we discriminate.

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

Virginia use to be super friendly, but it has become a new home for a lot of New Yorkers and people from other parts of the country who aren't as friendly and move here for lower taxes and cheaper housing prices. Everyone says how "friendly" Richmond is. Maybe 15 years ago. Now Richmond is just very blah and people are aloof and don't say hello to you some times even when you're walking down the street. The Shenandoah Valley by far, is the most friendly region of Virginia. The rest of the state is a mixed bag.

Lived in Virginia all my life, and I've got to say it is a wonderful place to live, but it has some flaws. About half of the people here aren't that sociable and would like to be left alone, especially in the larger populated counties and cities, so don't expect to be making friends off the bat if you move here. I would also recommend taking a vacation to Virginia before making your finale choice. If you go to the countryside, the coastal area and the mountains, more people will probably be open for a conversation with you. There are also a lot of good, interesting and cool museums in Virginia, so if you like to see and learn more about something, you should check them out.

If you lived in a small community, yes. The majority of this state isn’t really kind

Chesapeake and Norfolk are intensely rude and snobbish, I mean they've mastered rudeness to an art form. Can't wait to leave. What do they have to be so snobbish about is the question of the day!

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The Contenders

11 Massachusetts 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.

Hard to categorize and I have lived here my whole life. Def. not outwardly friendly none of New England is in my opinion. Def. liberal leaning so you will be attacked verbally if you are conservative leaning esp at the liberal universities (I know I went to one and have worked at them for 16 yrs.) That being said while not outwardly that friendly I laugh at how some of the southern hospitality states have high crime rates and the south in general. New England isn't outgoing but it is one of the safest areas. However when visiting Colorado I had more strangers say good morning to me in one week than my entire life in MASS>

I've lived in Massachusetts for many years and they are the worst people ever. How it made the list is beyond me. - chrichmich

Almost got killed by doctors in Boston. People are very dishonest, they lie to my face all the time. They are also very mean and rude and fake. I've traveled a lot around the world, I think Boston is the worst place with the worst people by far.

Lived here 30 years. Lots of great things, but a very difficult state to make friends in. People tend to be closed off and insular.

This is true. I was born in Massachusetts and found it tough to make friends. People do not trust each other. When I moved to Rhode Island I actually found people to be a bit friendlier, so I cannot understand why Massachusetts is ranked 13th and Rhode Island is 49th. - alg2468

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12 Maine Maine

Uh one time I was walking around in a Walmart in Maine and some random girl said "Hi I really like your shirt" and I freaked out and ran-

People will wave at you even if you’ve only looked at them once

I live in maine, and it is full of nice people. Random people will say hi in a store

If your from away, stay away is mostly what you will hear in Maine. They like tourist money but not tourists...they like flatlander money, but not flatlanders...

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13 California 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.

Born in CA 1957 I'm DONE with their rudeness, fast drivers, mean people. give me 5 acres of pure heaven in another state. Neighbors can see into your house, neighbors kids crying none stop, dogs barking, loud base sounds, gangs taken over the beaches, homeless sleeping on your front yard. I have lived in Manhattan beach, La Jolla shores, second home in Palm Springs. Done with California! Time to retire to a another state.

I have visited and also have lived. it is a mixed bag. LA cities( LA County) Long term residents, not there to be in the industry from some place else are the nicest people, newly moved there and keeping up with the jones type, which there are plenty there, are rude. Venice Beach, Marina Del Ray, San Fran, San Jose, in my personal opinion are the friendliest in California.

I grew up in southern CA about an hour from LA. The people are stuck up, rude, and think they are all better than you. It's a great place to visit; there are so many wonderful places and aspects about California, but the people aren't one of them.

I have just recently been to California, though it's interesting people in LA are rude and unhelpful, I went to Santa Barbara and it was a bit better. New Yorkers are much friendlier than in LA. It's a shame because there are some beautiful parts of California

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14 South Carolina 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 Was very scared about moving here from Virginia but the family came down to myrtle beach for vacation for 40 years and now We live n Myrtle Beach Ad Every One Is So nice

We are very freindly to everyone

South Carolina is a great state every body is so nice!

It's a utopia for sure. Everyone is friendly, polite, hospitable, helpful and caring.

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

We are literally the nicest people on earth

The only exposure I have had with Nebraskans was when I was in the Army. Everyone I met who was from Nebraska were extremely affable and relatable. I love that because that is the way I am :). I have always wanted to live in NE, but moving from SC to NE is a big jump unfortunately. I love my USA. May the Lord bless our country.

I have lived here my whole life and I plan to stay here because everyone in this state are so polite. They’re also very respectful and they would be the ones to help you out if you’re stuck on the side of the road. I love this state!

Nebraska is culturally and demographically very similar to Iowa so I have no idea how it ended up #34 and Iowa #1.

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16 Indiana Indiana

I agree with Indiana sucks and the police here are tyrants.
The weather is awful summers are short and mild but cold weather is dominant here its gray most of the time. Don't go there.

This state is friendly but I have advise to never go to ohio

Indiana is a mixed bag of people depending on where you go you will either love it or hate it. Possitive things are nice people, great craft beer scene, affordable housing and the downtown area is getting better every year. Negitive things some people definitely have the "hick" culture down and they live by it, we do have a bit of a meth and heroin problem but those people tend to stay away from the populated areas, amd ithe downtown area is surrounded by ghettos but over all I don't mind it here

I just moved from Indiana to Florida. I grew up in Michigan. As far as friendly goes both of them states are way more friendly than Florida. The dismissive attitude in Florida I could live with out. The weather makes up for it.

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17 Kansas 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 should be higher on the list, I've lived here my whole life and I disagree with the person who says they met people who bragged about themselves or used zero manners, I have met people like that, but I've also met people in other places who were WAY worse. But then again that person seems to have been around, I won't fully explain why you're wrong but I hope you get it.

Sweetest, most caring, humble, and overall most considerate corn fed people. God’s country.

I have lived in Kansas for several years and have very rarely met a person that is rude whatsoever. pretty much all the people here are nice and very considerate.

I lived in Kansas for 20 years, had traveled a lot, and had never met anyone anywhere in the country with such self-infatuation. People openly bragged about themselves, used zero manners, and exhibited the paranoid-Christian conservative white mentality that put Donald Trump into the White House. (How did Hillary lose Arkansas)?

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

I have traveled from state to state but Wisconsin in my opinion should be at the top I know we have bad drivers but we only drive like that in the winter cause the ice is so thick and are cars slide but there is always a friend to help you last year my car tire went flat and I had a a spare tire but I didn't have a Jack so a stranger pulled over and helped me he helped get his Jack under my car and put the wheel on my car then I was back the road

Wisconsin should be higher. Everywhere I go in my small town someone always waves or smiles.

Depend what of Wisconsin yet most is GREAT!

Hands down Wisconsin has the nicest people

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19 Oklahoma Oklahoma

Been all over the world. Oklahoma has the nicest people I've ever met.

I am an Oklahoman born and raised here all my life... I'm from a small town (Ft.Gibson) and it has a very low crime rate, great schools, and wonderful people. There are lots of small towns in Oklahoma just like mine, small but supportive communities where morals and values are upheld and encouraged. There are wonderful people all over the state! It's an Oklahoma thing...

It is neat how they are friendly and there flag represents friendship and peace

The people here are so friendly. If you ask someone for directions, they will help out and sometimes drop want they're doing to help. I have never met a rude person. People will always hold the door open for you. It's the little things

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20 New Mexico New Mexico

A beautiful and peaceful place. I plan to spend more time in New Mexico.

I have been to 44 states and spent quite some time in each one. New Mexico to me is a special place. I'm a black American and feel less disrespected here than I have in other states. Less materialistic, laid back, somewhat diverse, and they don't appear to tolerate any one race trying to play ruler!

People are more friendlier in New Mexico then any East Coast states

New Mexico has a unique history in the US and with Santa Fe being the capital, has an eclectic population and with that culture, arts, history, natural beauty, and a laid back pace with city attributes. It's the best of many worlds including a healing mecca of the US: body, mind and spirit.

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

so so

Why is this below MASSACHUSETTS? Are you kidding? This should be in the top 5. Welcoming, humorous, and very caring people. While the weather here is about the coldest in the lower 48, the people here are the some of the warmest you'll ever meet!

Met some of the nicest people in Montana!

The only reason Montana is this low is because you haven't been here

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22 Missouri 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.

Born and raised in Missouri, this state has some of the nicest people I have ever met. People don't care who you are or what you need help with, they will strike up a 45 min conversation while helping out and then say goodbye for 15 solid minutes.

This use to be a friendly place, but it isn't anymore. We have a lot of people retiring here from California. Yuck.

There are lots of friendly people in missouri but also lots of drug using,racist and ignorant minded people.

Missouri > Massachusetts

23 Utah 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.

The Mormons are super nice and Utah as a whole gives the most to charity.

They donate the most

I grew up in Utah and didn't fully appreciate how amazing the people are until I moved elsewhere. I have travelled all over the USA and Europe. I lived in Michigan, Ohio and Ireland and I can tell you that Utah is the friendliest and most beautiful place to be anywhere.

Good state this is

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24 Florida Florida

I can't speak for the rest of the state, but coastal south Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami) is horrible. The people are self serving and just plain nasty. Miami is riddled with crime. The traffic is beyond bad and the weather may seem nice at first, but 80+ degrees the entire year round with 1000% humidity gets really old really fast. The colleagues of mine that have not yet left are all making plans to leave this terrible place. I, too, plan to leave as soon as feasibly possible.
Northern/Mid/Western Florida may be okay, but here it is definitely a human-garbage wasteland.

Florida should bed dead last

I moved here to work, from the Midwest and I have never witnessed such unfriendly people in my lifetime. It is hard to stay happy in this state.

I live in Florida and everyone I've seen or talked to were very kind

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25 New York 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.

All the New Yorkers I met while there were nice. They talk and walk fast and I liked it. And they love showing off their city!

People always assume that since people don't talk to you in Manhattan, that they are "mean" or "rude," but the truth is, the just want to get to where they are going. If you ask a New Yorker for directions, they would be more that happy to give them to you, just may not go out of their way to do it. This doesn't make them unfriendly, however.

People in NYC are WAY NICER than people in Boston

I'm tired of people stereotyping others just because of what state they were born in. I get that this list is based off of the majority, but not every New Yorker is rude. I lived there for quite a while and my friends were all nice. :/

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

After nearly 30 yrs in the military I've met people from, and been to almost every state. Bar none the friendliest people in the country are from North Dakota!

There are some nice people I will admit, but for the most part, there stuck up, rude, it’s the right wing nut job way or the highway, and for myself. I’ll take the highway right the hell out of that worthless state.

People in North Dakota are very friendly! They are also sweet and caring.

Just good ole down to earth folks

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27 Ohio 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.

Nicest people ever. Hands down.

Visited Ohio and they were friendly and helpful. On the roads, they don’t beep at you and let you merge with a friendly smile. One of the nicest states we have visited. I would say Tennessee and Texas are right up there with them.

The people are the friendliest. Open and will talk to almost anyone!

I'm born and raised here. I stay around northeast Ohio, some people are rude and mean but a lot are nice too. There's a good variety of people, and you usually don't have to go far for anything as it's fairly dense over here. There's plenty to do here and people are relatively easy going and nice to talk to.

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28 South Dakota South Dakota

Minnesota drivers are very pushy and sd drivers are not pushy at all

South Dakota is an amazing state it is beautiful here come here in summer

Most of the drivers here are complete jerks. People are often pushy. Weather's horrible. Wouldn't recommend coming here.

South Dakota should be at the top, I'm from Minnesota, and I can't walk five feet without someone stopping me asking for a photo, or striking up a conversation with me. They are definitely not shy and very extreverted

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

I love it here great school's,restaurants, Lots of churches, and it is not racist at all
Mostly clean too

Everyone smiles here. If they hate you they don't show it.

I've lived here my entire life and it's absolutely awful! The people here may be friendly, but they're often racist and pretentious. As stated by someone else, "friendliness is fake and centers around Southern Baptist"s. If you're looking for diversity or to surround yourself with open-minded people, don't visit here.

I have lived in about 15 states and I recently moved to Kentucky. I see no reason to leave. I am in Lexington and it is actually very diverse here. Lots of churches, synagogues, and mosques and there doesn't seem to be trouble with that. People are great here except when they get behind the wheel and then they turn into monsters. But I guess that's everywhere

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30 Alabama 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.

To be really honest the people in here are very friendly and not rude - Sweet_tv

My son moved here from Virginia, & I go often to visit him in Prattville, it’s just outside of Montgomery. The people are so friendly, & I look forward to visiting this lovely State.

The people are so kind and thoughtful!

I was born in Alabama. I have lived in 17states and traveled to 43. Alabama is a great state with warm and friendly people who are always willing to lend a helping hand. Beautiful lakes and the gulf beaches are breathtaking.

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31 West Virginia 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, ...read more.

I've been to almost every state and lived in many. West Virginia should be number 1.

How in the world is West Virginia not rated number 1?

One of the better places in the East for sure.

I just finished my vacation here and for now I rate this number 1!

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32 Louisiana Louisiana

The Cajun Navy (great flood of 2016) is an excellent example of the friendliness and helpful nature of the people of Louisiana! The people who had trucks and boats seemed out those that needing rescuing or help - way before any governmental help would even try. They also headed to Texas during the hurricane flooding of 2017. I grew up in the outskirts of Baton Rouge. The people here have hospitality, friendliest, and give you the shirt off their back when needed.

Southern residents of Louisiana (everywhere south of Alexandria) are the nicest and funnest people you will ever meet. Residents in northern Louisiana are a whole different breed and rude as crap. This is coming from a 25 year northern Louisiana resident who left the state because of the NWLA people.

This is a joke that it's not even in the top 10

Um I don’t know why people think this place is so nice. a lot of people the age of 17 and younger are complete jackasses

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

This is possibly the best place you could possibly live or visit.

Great state!

Super underrated state. Some of the nicest people you will ever meet are Arkies.

Arkansas is misunderstood in many ways, and generally ignored, so I'm not surprised the down home friendliness of its residents is being overlooked yet again.

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34 Wyoming 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.

I didn’t know there was a 50th state

35 Alaska 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.

I have lived here all my life. People are very superficially nice. Someone can hate you so much, but they'd be so nice to you.

36 Arizona 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.

Horrible dating scene. I'm from Ohio and found out fast that it is super hard to make friends here and establish real connections. Most people here are two face, only care about themselves, their status, or who they can use next. Do not move here you will regret wasting years in this state.

This statement is also what I have found. Outside the large cities, the smaller city that I am in is so helpful and very nice. I have lived, for at least a dozen years each, in Texas, California, Colorado and Minnesota. Glad to be in Arizona!

Lovely, live-and-let-live folks outside the bigger cities. People look out for one another here, but aren't nosy or meddlesome. Tucson is backward, insular, anti-growth and stuck in the past. Phoenix is big and can feel impersonal, but the suburbs are nice.

37 New Hampshire New Hampshire

I have traveled to many states in the union and have lived in central New Hampshire for many years. I have found that he closer to Boston you get, the more rude people you will find.There are mean, rude and inconsiderate people everywhere, no matter what state you live, but in New Hampshire you'll find some of the most friendly people in the central to the northern parts of the state. It's a wonderful place to live.

I have lived in many different states across the U.S. This will be my 28th year in Southern NH. It is very difficult to make friends in this state. It has taken twenty years to get to know people. The public is very cold and rude. If you say hello to someone on the sidewalk they turn their head and ignore you. Siberia is probably a better place. I will be retiring elsewhere.

I am in my late 50's and have lived in a number of states. Without a doubt, I have never been so unhappy as I am in New Hampshire! Cold and vicious people."Live Free or Die"? NOT in New Hampshire!

This state has many residents originally from Massachusetts, and many of them are not too friendly, especially in the southern part of the state and large cities. The northern rural areas are friendlier. - alg2468

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

Hawaii is low on the scale because outside of tourist areas people can be really horrible. There is a lot of racism here toward white people mostly. There is racism between many of the brown skinned races as well. It's so sad. Aloha is dwindling just like any place would when there is so much poverty. Although this is the case you could also meet some very amazing people. Tourists in Maui have confided in me that Big island people are much nicer. So I guess it depends where you go. It's not personal though, people become jaded by their situations. People in Tennessee are nicer for sure.

I am shocked that this place is so low! I went on this website only because I vacationed in Hawaii and was completely blown away by how friendly everyone here was! Everybody I met was extremely welcoming, helpful, and also family oriented. I have never been so content meeting new individuals

This poll is stupid

Are you folks kidding me? You better count your votes again. Hawaii is so friendly and they’re not even in the top 10? Something is wrong with this voting system.

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

Maryland is good

You guys clearly don't know how this state is like. There is a bunch of friendly people here.

Okay...if you have hatred in your heart of course you will find only horrible people and think it is a "horrible state."

You are in a "horrible state of mind" to say that about the entire state of Maryland.

I hate Maryland; horrible people and a horrible state.

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40 Vermont Vermont

I still remember when me and my family were visiting relatives in Vermont our car skidded of the road in the heavy snow we weren't used to driving in usually, being from the south. Well, almost immediately a whole host of people stopped along the side of the road to help us, even though it was very late! Luckily no one was injured, but our car was not working for the time being and we were still far away from our relatives' house. This is the best part. One lady who stopped offered to take us back to her house, and we arrived in a warm, bright house just a few minutes later. She and her large family gave us socks, warm clothes, and hot chocolate, and I remember playing with her kids and thinking that it was the best sleepover later. The next morning we left and continued with our vacation, but I'll never forget the generosity and kindness the Vermonters showed us. I still have the socks!

I was visiting Vermont and the people there were all so nice and open to strangers, proud of their town and little community and in touch with their wonderful natural environment. People driving tractors waving you by, pedestrians smiling at you, very nice.

Not true

People from Vermont are really different. They are really nice and helpful to anyone, no matter what state you are from. Vermont is really safe and you will feel very secure there.

41 Idaho 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.

I have lived in Idaho for over 10 years. I immediately felt like it was awful but stuck it out for my career. I can honestly say that I have never met so many people who are polite on the surface but uncaring, shallow and absolutely couldn't give a crap less if their neighbor died. One example: I am shocked at how frequently someone experiences a misfortune of life (illness, divorce, financial issue, etc) and the response is they were a smoker, or who couldn't see he was a cheater, or obviously they can't manage a budget. Judgement without compassion. Horrible, horrible place.

Most people are super nice. If your car broke down on the road/highway someone will pull over to help.

Lived in Idaho for about a year and that was enough, moved back to Minnesota

I moved from California and I can 100% say people are nicer here and more high quality ie not drug addicts or homeless people.

42 Rhode Island 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.

The airport sucks, Twice I landed, got off the plane and no pre arrange wheelchair was waiting.

You have mean and nice people in Rhode Island - it depends on who you meet and where. It has a bad reputation because it's a small state. The media does not stress it's natural beauty and focuses on its corrupt politics. Generally people in the smaller cities and rural areas are friendlier than in the large cities, and if you are friendly and say hello most do respond kindly. This state does not deserve to be ranked as 49th; it should be about average.

Probably the rudest people of all. Rhode Islanders are proud to be arrogant.

This place sucks

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

This place is uhh good in certain areas depending on the people you meet as well otherwise your playing with fire

It sucks

Full of great people

Nah. Wrong. Nevada is great

44 Connecticut Connecticut

Lived in CT all of my life. Adults are snobs, kids are disrespectful, drivers are ferocious. The only "friendly" people here are the seniors. The second I have the opportunity to move I am grabbing my mom and getting out of here!

People here are very judgmental! Seems like everyone is in a rush, and many people are pretty self centered. There are decent people though too.

This state has very rude unfriendly people in the large cities, which are very depressed economically, but friendlier people in the eastern half which is more rural. - alg2468

A lot of miserable angry people who let it out when they drive.

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

People tend to be quiet and reserved. But they are very helpful and they genuinely care for each other, especially outside of Wilmington metro area. I have lived in different states and while many are all "smiles" and "hellos", it's very superficial. In Delaware the caring for each other runs deep. They are also very open to newcomers. They won't knock on your door the day you arrive with an apple pie, but they will immediately step in to help if you're in trouble. Great little state.

Horrible state people are rude always with their nose turned up. I felt more in a community the time I spent in Ny then in Delaware. And don’t travel to Wilmington nothing but drugs. Sad

Nice people.

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

I love driving in PA, well maintained roads, educated drivers. People do slow down to let you overpass them. Don't judge the whole state by the big cities.
I miss Kinzua's dam and the beach

I was born and raised in PA, lived there for the first 25 years of my life. I think overall, it's a friendly state, with some areas being more friendly (Altoona area) and others being more unfriendly (York area.) Where I lived (Wilkes-Barre area,) people are mostly good and willing to help someone in need, but are perhaps depressed as the area has become very crime ridden in recent years due to an influx of out of area people, who, dare I say, might not be so friendly?

Philadelphia is the troublesome of Pennsylvania.

People in PA are high strung, and cold mannered. I was born and currently live in PA, but have lived in North Carolina, and Florida as well. Both places were way more friendly than here.

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47 Illinois 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.

I live here and I've found that yes, not everyone is very polite, but majority is. Also, supposedly the midwest is one of the nicest regions around, with a diversity of friendly people.

Totally not any gun violence here - DeathGripsStayNoided

nyc sucks

I heard Chicago is an amazing place. Beautiful skyline and the lake lining the whole Eastern side of the city is just gorgeous. As well as an amazing place, I also heard they have amazing and outgoing people, despite being a big city. One of the biggest in the country!

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48 Michigan Michigan

Having moved to New England after having lived in Michigan most of my life, I am constantly asked why I am so nice and so honest...would move back in a heartbeat if I could...

I have lived in the lower peninsula my whole life and people are somewhat friendly, though the upper peninsula is very friendly

I grew up in a small rural town in Northern Michigan. It was very non-welcoming to people of different ethnic backgrounds...very racist. I also traveled to many other parts of the state and found the people in the upper peninsula were the friendliest. The southern half was not inviting. I will never go back there.

I left my fiance after moving there with him so he could be near his family. It was because of the people. Even his friends were unfriendly. Worst & rudest I've ever encountered.

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49 Mississippi Mississippi

This must be a joke 49...really? Should be 1 or 2. We treat our neighbors and strangers as if they were kings. We give to those who have little even though we barely have anything ourselves. We are taught to treat anyone they way we want to be treated. We ask what would Jesus do? I am not biased because I live in Mississippi I'm just honest.

Mississippi is a very warm and friendly place! It may have its issues, and some aspects of the state are a little misunderstood, but the southern hospitality is really prevalent.

This is the hospitality state! Should be the first one! Such friendly people and everyone knows everybody.

BEST STATE EVER!

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50 New Jersey 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.

I am from New Jersey and I could say that New Jersey is a great and friendly place. All these people are wrong and have apparently never been here before. They are idiots who are wasting their time coming here and talking BS about my beloved state. I have been living here my whole life and have never come across people who are making " being mean, aggressive, and exceptionally rude into an art form". So before you believe what these people are saying, know the actual facts. *Mic drop*.

I was born and raised in Hoboken, NJ, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. A ten minute trip by subway to NYC and an even quicker ferry ride. Lived there 50 years. We definitely deserve to be last. I struggled my whole life by being a nice kind person in a state that has made being mean, aggressive, and exceptionally rude into an art form. We avoid eye contact at all costs. People here literally will hate or distrust you if you show any human decency. My many years of always "doing the right thing" have only resulted in being shunned, mistreated, and collectively being ripped off and being taken advantage of. It's even completely affected every member of my own family. Look at our last Governor, the former "bully in chief". I'm a highly intelligent perceptive man, so please trust me when I say the people of New Jersey take great pride in being as mean and as cruel to others for no reason as possible. EVERYONE drives like a maniac at 90 plus on the highways and don't care if ...more

Most people probably just review NJ based on what they have heard in movies. Everyone born outside of Jersey is jealous. If you don't come from NJ, sorry.

Depends were in jersy your from - Tikva

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