Top Ten Friendliest U.S. StatesTopTenJackson Here is a list of the most friendliest U.S. states.
The Top Ten
Have you ever heard of Minnesota Nice? It's a real thing. There are many good qualities of Minnesota and its people. They are nice, generous, polite, helpful, considerate, hospitable, mindful and many more. And plus, it's a beautiful place, with all those thousands of lakes and forests decorating the state. It's a wonderful place no matter what season it is. You betcha!
I live in Minnesota and I can verify that we are awesome!
I live in Minnesota and everyone is really kind here. Not everyone is the best thought, because some humans are mean, but in general, strangers I've met are always nice to me!
Hey, we're first!V 21 Comments
I feel like Iowa should be up a little higher I've never ran into anyone that's rude, and I'm currently 16 so hopefully it doesn't change
Spend time at a hawkeye tailgate and you will see just how friendly everyone is. Complete strangers will talk to you, invite you to meet their group, and share food with you.
Growing up I'd always see my parents wave and smile at someone and they'd smile back. I'd ask 'who was that? ' assuming they knew them, and they'd just say 'i don't know'
Born and Raised - codydoestuffV 12 Comments
They will talk to you but don't want to live with black folk's
The most friendly! People in Seattle are friendly, they watch out for bad things, and it is really cool! - TopTenJackson
Smart people with a smart elected government. They take care of each other.
I love and miss my Washington! I currently live in Buffalo ny and find it the meanest evilest place I've lived in-I am definitely trying to move back!V 5 Comments
I've lived in Texas, California, Puerto Rico, Florida, and have constantly visited many states in between. After moving to Colorado, I realized it has one of the friendliest and most welcoming environments by far. The mountains and scenery are gorgeous, there are lots of fun outdoor activities available, and you feel a sense of security everywhere you go. Everyone is compassionate and you don't need to be checking for any shady characters 24/7. I absolutely love this state!
Pot was the WORST decision ever, bringing an influx of more beggars who are unwilling to work and inept drivers. Sobers are sick of paying for the consequences of drunk governor's decisions.
I personally have live in Colorado for my whole life, yes there sometimes is a homeless population, if you dig deep you can find some amazing people. Many people are happy to help. Of course there is the occasional sketchy town but overall wonderful place.
I've lived in California for most of my life and have driven through most of the US, and Colorado is by FAR the best in every respect, maybe Texas is comparable, but other than that, Coloradans are the nicest and most compassionate people out there. Even in the big cities, [Denver and Colorado Springs] the people are still very kind helpful.V 7 Comments
Passive aggressive to the max. They will smile and shake your hand and insult you the second you leave.
Incredibly passive aggressive.The little time I spent on the Oregon coast people seemed nice, but in a lot of the major cities I have experienced predominantly passive aggressive behavior. Most of the people I first met were very nice with a welcoming smile, but their comments were subtly insulting. They may be nice to other Oregonians, but the message that outsiders are not welcome comes across quite assertively.
Central/Western Oregon is by far the friendliest place in the USA.
My mom grew up in Oregon, so we'd visit family there occasionally. Always loved how nice everyone there was, especially compared to the Northeast, where I'm from. Just don't ever call it "Orey-gone."V 5 Comments
Lived in NC for over a decade, racism is definitely still alive and well. You will also find discrimination in the work place if you are not a southerner you will be passed over for raises, and promotions. Southern folk will smile to your face and stab you in the back. They still have a problem with the war they lost.
It's not one of the most racist states as previously stated that person was probably from New Jersey that made that remark.
I've been to almost every east coast state. North Carolina wins hands down, particularly the western part of the state.
Western North Carolina is far the friendliest by far. I Have traveled all the lower 48 for 38 year's as a long haul Truck Driver.
This list is not even close to being correct.
I use to think Texas was friendly but South of Houston I met some of the Rudest people Yet.
IOWA is not friendly. People in Minnesota or completely Not wrapped together real tite.
I have visited Texas many times, and the folks there are great! Texas is also known for great schools and colleges with nicely landscaped campuses that are well maintained. Most importantly, Texas is a reasonable place for small and large businesses interested in relocating or expanding their operations, and reasonable cost of living.
Texas is the friendliest Been to 42 states and Texas is the friendliness by far. People always greet with a smile and are willing to help. Also a nice place to drive. San Antonio/South Texas is the friendliness part if anyone wonders.
Texans are by far the friendliest people! Nobody could be anymore generous, polite and hospitable then Texans! - nmk
there niceV 13 Comments
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
From Kentucky. Living in northern Alabama. My trips to Tennessee have been met with consistent kindness and genuine Southern hospitality. Seriously well mannered people. Nashville is the friendliest city you'll ever find.
I have lived in Florida, Alabama and now Tennessee. I HATE Tennessee! The people here are so very different from what I used to and will be super nice to your face then stab you in the back. If I had my way I would move back to Alabama in a heartbeat.
As long as you avoid Memphis, Tennessee is great.V 6 Comments
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.
I disagree lol. A fellow Canadian was driving through Georgia, was arrested and fined. Perfect model citizen not a blemish on her record. Her crime? driving with a Canadian License which according to the officer is not valid in The State of Georgia (Georgia State Traffic Code clearly states Canadian licenses are valid by the way)
She was fined $2,000 thrown in jail and had her car impounded.
Never had a bad experience in Georgia. Love it! The people are lovely.
The people in Georgia are very friendly and hospitable.
It is the greatestV 5 Comments
South Carolina is a great state every body is so nice!
Lived there before and everyone has the good old southern manners and this is just the kindest state ever, in my opinion
It's a utopia for sure. Everyone is friendly, polite, hospitable, helpful and caring.
Living here all my life and people are amazing.V 4 Comments
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
I have lived here my entire life. I don't think the people go out of their way to be cruel to others. However, the people kind of stick to themselves. It is pretty common either to not know your neighbor or only know their name.
This should not be on the list. People in Boston are RUDE!V 7 Comments
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.
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!
If you are an African American woman and you wear your hair natural don't come here especially Norfolk people here a just insensitive.
I'd rather prefer you not go to the Hampton Roads AreaV 5 Comments
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...
The people are great. Friendly and helpful. It is a state where self sufficiency is either in the background or the foreground.
I have met more friendly people here than any other state. Locals will wave at you as you drive by. They are 100 times more friendly than people from California and New York.
I am obsessed with this state I want to go every year. The people are very sweet to me. I recamend bar harborV 1 Comment
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
Trust me, I live here and I can verify the people are very rude, discourteous, unfriendly and are unwilling to help. Don't like live here despite all the nice things you here about it. Once you get to CA, you'll realize they're not like you thought.
Arrogant jerks. They drive like hell...
Everyone always thinks of "LA" or "Hollywood" when they thinknof CA, hey try visiting San Diego, trust me your mind will change.V 6 Comments
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
I've lived here since birth and I can promise you that it does NOT belong in this list. Everyone here is a douche, and that's an understatement.
I grew up in KY an dmoved to Texas later. KY has far fewer snobs. Just like anywhere else you'll run into rude people sometimes, but KY is a friendly state overall.V 5 Comments
Nebraska is culturally and demographically very similar to Iowa so I have no idea how it ended up #34 and Iowa #1.
I'm from California and this is one of my favorite states because of how nice the people are. I don't know why it's all the way down here.
I was once told my a Canadian that people from Nebraska were so friendly they made HIM uncomfortable.
The only reason we're so low is no one knows enough about us to know how nice we are!V 2 Comments
I live in Indiana, and most of the people I know there are very nice and kind to me, like my family, friends, teachers, etc. Why is there a reason to hate Indiana? - creed99
Super friendly. You don't stay broken down on the road very long in this state.
Indiana forks usually show hospitality and are rather nice. I would know because I live here. - IndianaFan
Hoosier Hospitality is true this is the best state by a country mileV 4 Comments
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
Oklahoma has the friendliest people hands down! Everyone is happy and outgoing. I'm amazed at how friendly everyone is here I've lived here for five years and traveled all over the USA and have yet to meet people friendlier than Oklahomans.
Great environment to raise a family. You will not mean people more friendly than Oklahomans. They have similar values and stay true to being a person for others. They live at a slow pace so you most likely will see people stopping what they are doing to strike up a conversation with a stranger.
I’ve lived in Weatherford Oklahoma for 7 years now. There hasn’t been a crime in so long and if there was to be a crime the hole town will help out and protect each other.so it’s a perfect place to raise a family and live.V 2 Comments
The only reason Montana is this low is because you haven't been here
Every person you encounter in this state are among the friendliest you will ever meet. Montanans will welcome complete strangers to their treasured mountain lands and and make your stay a memorable one under the Big Sky.
Very friendly people
By far the most self-less people you will happen upon in the states.V 2 Comments
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)?
I've never lived in Kansas but I have visited many times and have never met a rude person
Friendly small communities
I live in Kansas and overall people are very nice and will make you feel right at home. People in Kansas have good manners. And not everyone in Kansas is a republican. In my city it’s very diverse.
Lived in 9 states. In NY from 5th grade through high school. My mom still lives there along with 3 siblings. Most unfriendly state. At least the Saratoga/ upstate people. Went back to visit a few years ago and still rude. Following traffic laws gets the middle finger at you and the local YMCA wasn't very pleasant either. And if that wasn't enough, can't find a church to attend. The church I went to long ago was turned into apartments. My kids and I did not feel welcome and my adult daughter was very eager to leave.
They're mean in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx is good
New Yorkers are standoffish but genuine once you get to know them.
Very happyV 3 Comments
I have lived in several different states, and the people of Wisconsin really are the nicest, most caring, considerate, and helpful...until they get behind the wheel. Trust me, they are definitely NOT the best drivers...too fast, too aggressive, weave in and out of lanes, drive right through red rights, rarely give pedestrians the right of way...I think they've been corrupted by the Illinois drivers.
Folks here are laid back, humble, calm, excellent drivers, and quite welcoming. Plus this place possesses some of the most beautiful nature spots one could ask for. There are SO many fun activities to do in this state for FREE! I love, love, love this wonderful land of warmth and will be moving here real soon.
Helpful and considerate residents. Decent drivers and not aggressive on the road.
I mean, I’m from Wisconsin so I’m bound to vote for this. The people here are actally really nice and patriotic. People always say people up here are rough, but actally evryone is really friendly and gentle. In Wisconsin it’s so friendly that it’s safe for you to keep your doors open at night. People in Wisconsin are really nice to you unless you mess with our precious cheeseV 3 Comments
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!
Chicago has lots of friendly citizens! - TopTenJackson
Chicago is terrible and the violence through the ROOF! Do NOT move to Chicago! I've lived in the Western burbs outside Chi my whole life, and I HATE even going near the city. Just terrible. IL all together is a run-down state and I can not WAIT to leave.
Great state, Chicagoans are dope, super friendly. By far the nicest big city I have been to.V 1 Comment
I was born and raised in Ohio. Lived on the west for 20 years and I finally returned because I really wanted a better day-to-day life. People here greet strangers, small-talk, make eye contact. One of my neighbors offered to let me play her piano on Sundays! Usually at the end of the day, I think to myself how nice people are. When I lived on the west coast, I used to spend a lot of time thinking how mean people are.
It sometimes depends, where I live in ohio some people are mean but a lot of them aren't, central and south ohio would have to be the friendliest areas
Most of us you can get along with, but some people are bad. But don't every state has some bad people right? - funnyuser
OHIO IS WERE JOSH AND TYLER FROM TWENTY ØNE PILØTS ARE FROM SCREEEAAAMMMV 1 Comment
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.
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.
Utah is definitely the friendliest state! I live there and the people are the best and so loving to each other
The Norman's were very nice people
They donate the mostV 2 Comments
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
A lot of transplants from the northeast and upper Midwest who, after living her for a while, loosen up and smile and talk. Small town, inland Florida is very, very friendly.
I moved from pa to florida and loved it. I wish I never came back to pa. Every one in florida are supper nice and their is a lot to do.. Best state ever! I plan to move back one day...
People in Florida are sad, angry, and unfriendly. I moved to Florida last year for work but will come back and never live here again.
Small town & rural Florida is still very down home and very friendly. This is where the Native Southerners live...places like Chiply, Okeechobee, Bartow, New Smyrna Beach, Perry, Live Oak, Dade City, Ocala, Boca Grande, Cedar Key, Apalach.V 4 Comments
People in North Dakota are very friendly! They are also sweet and caring.
Just good ole down to earth folks
Really amazing people!
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.
Southern hospitality is real and people are always willing to help someone in need. I love the coastline and the beautiful sunsets matches the beautiful hearts they have.
People are down to earth and everyone treats you like family
Should be higher. We nice up in hereV 1 Comment
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.
In general, people are rude, in a hurry and I think depressed. Michigan has plenty of friendly people but overall people are just in their little bubbles.
As a proud Michigander, I LOVE my state <3 don't knock it till you come visit this awesome state! #love Go Blue!V 6 Comments
I've lived in West Virginia for most of my life---briefly in Virginia and Delaware. It's been my experience to hear from many that have moved into our state that the people of West Virginia are amazingly friendly. As a teacher, when new students arrived, they felt quite welcome. We are very friendly, and we're there for our neighbors! We should be number 1!
I lived in West Virginia my whole life, everyone here is as kind as can be. The only complaint I have is we have a huge drug problem that we need fixed. The drug problem is West Virginia puts a shame on our community. But back to what I said before West Virginia has a lot of kind warm-hearted people
West Virginia is very rude. Lived here my whole life and everyone is only concerned with themselves. The people in public service are the rudest ever
You don't meet a stranger in West Virginia. Much nicer state than Virginia which is so overrated it isn't funny.V 1 Comment
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.
I've been to a lot of other states, but I'm from here. In my opinion, we are the friendliest state.
The people In New Orleans are the nicest and so friendly!
This should be higher, a little bit of southern hospitality.
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.
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
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!
Lived in Idaho for about a year and that was enough, moved back to Minnesota
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.
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.
His place is sooo friendly
I have traveled everywhere and Arkansas has the most friendliest,polite, and helpful people I have ever met. Total strangers and police went out of their way to help me out when I got stranded passing through the state to a music festival..Beautiful people..✌😊
I hate Maryland; horrible people and a horrible state.
I lived in Takoma Park, it's called as a joke the people 's republic, and it was an OK place. some community feeling. people were reserved, some made an effort to be neighborly. a place for faux hippies who drive VW's to congregate. very liberal. used to have a nice used bookstore, some decent food, had a co-op. bedroom community outside of washington, dc. overall md seemed unfriendly to me, but I can only speak for that particular area. people just leave you alone. racially mixed, high crime area towards the end of Flower Avenue as you move into Silver Spring and the Langley Park area. founded by the seventh day adventists, very narrow streets. was a funky place back when I lived there in the late 90s through the mid-00's.
I don't understand why the Aloha State is so low on this list. Although they seem irritated to tourists at first, once you get to know them, they're very genuine and warm. Friendliest people I've ever met. As long as you don't act like you own the place when you come here and pollute the beaches, us residents will gladly welcome you. Don't let the guarded exterior fool you!
Sure, there's good old southern hospitality, but I'm surprised the "Aloha State" isn't on many lists. Hawaii is home to warm, friendly people, and if you look beyond the giant tourist industry, the locals are among the most welcoming people in the world.
Eh, Hawaii's more of a wildcard, well at least where I live in, Oahu. Some locals will treat the tourists with disdain, while others will look as presentable as they can for the tourists. The rude toward Honolulu locals and Westerners part is Leeward Oahu, they could also attack at any moment. Big Island is friendlier than Oahu, and Maui too likely.
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
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.
Nah. Wrong. Nevada is great
Full of great people
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.
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.
Outside of the big cities, which aren't many, Pennsylvanians are very friendly and mannerly. Short of a few jerks, we know how to drive and actually let others in when they need to change lanes, and open doors for, and push carts for our elderly and disabled. Our license plate says- "you've got a friend in Pennsylvania," for God's sake!
People from Philly are the worst, rudest bunch I have ever met
The people in Pittsburgh are friendly
This is the hospitality state! Should be the first one! Such friendly people and everyone knows everybody.
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.
Extremely friendly people.
I live in MS. Extremely few rude people. Everyone knows each other.V 3 Comments
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
Tax's and insurance way too high and people not that friendly.
Probably some liberal democrat doing your reviewing.
Apart from all of the above comments, New Jersey is an OK place then? Ha ha.V 4 Comments
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