Top Ten Friendliest U.S. StatesHere is a list of the most friendliest U.S. states.
The Top Ten
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.
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 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 live in Iowa and I can say the only rude person I've met is my brother
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
First of all name one bad thang about this state there is no losers in this state this state is perfect just saying at least we’re not Massachusetts
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.
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!
It's not one of the most racist states as previously stated that person was probably from New Jersey that made that remark.
They will talk to you but don't want to live with black folk's
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.
The most friendly! People in Seattle are friendly, they watch out for bad things, and it is really cool!
Smart people with a smart elected government. They take care of each other.
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.
People will go out their way to help you I'm from California and I appreciate the nice gestures.
I'm native Oregonian and I feel the people here are very passive aggressive.
I went on vacation here and everyone was smiling and so nice, this NEEDS to be the number 1 state. Georgia is such a nice state
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.
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.
This a bold face lie! Unlike southern states without big cities, Georgia doesn't care about anyone. No one knows their neighbors, people don't say Hi, no one opens doors and rather slam it in your face. Basically a northern state in the southern US
I am from California. When I visited Tennessee, I was shocked at how nice everybody was. People have each other's backs, and won't hesitate to help you out.
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
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 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 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.
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 most
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.
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)?
Sweetest, most caring, humble, and overall most considerate corn fed people. God’s country.
Kansas deserves to be higher on the list. People are friendly here
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.
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.
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 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
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
Its nice and most people aren't Jerks
To be really honest the people in here are very friendly and not rude
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.
Should be higher. We nice up in here
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>
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.
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-
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...
People from Maine would not say stay away if you are from away. I would say not just money they like they like tourists and flatlanders equally. I would say this is the friendliest state in the nation.
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.
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...
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
It is neat how they are friendly and there flag represents friendship and peace
Nebraska is culturally and demographically very similar to Iowa so I have no idea how it ended up #34 and Iowa #1.
I was once told my a Canadian that people from Nebraska were so friendly they made HIM uncomfortable.
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.
Great place friendly people who will go out of their way for any one!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 live in California and trust me, the people there are so rude. I have never seen people with such little class and respect. People are also afraid of each other, so no one helps each other out. That's because we are the most hostile state in America. You can't trust anybody. So even the nice people in California are scared of others because they are so mean. Everyone says California is one of the best states, but trust me, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MOVE HERE!
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.
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
Arrogant jerks. They drive like hell...
People in North Dakota are very friendly! They are also sweet and caring.
Just good ole down to earth folks
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!
Really amazing people!
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!
A beautiful and peaceful place. I plan to spend more time in New Mexico.
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.
The only reason Montana is this low is because you haven't been here
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!
Very friendly people
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.
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