Top Ten Friendliest U.S. StatesHere is a list of the most friendliest U.S. states.
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.
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.
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!
Iowa is the least friendly state I have ever been in. I was born in Iowa, and it has changed to a hate state with KKK located in Boone, and the American Nazi Party in Charles City. Education took a nose dive when Branstadt became governor and continues down with parents more interest in tail-gate parties than their children learning. Thumbs down on Iowa (and I live in Iowa)--certainly one of the worst states in the union.
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.
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.
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 have lived in NC most of my life. I haven't heard any references to the Civil War recently or even in the last 20 years, so I'm not sure where this is coming from that a poster mentioned in a previous post. And I don't see anymore racism here than any of the other 15 states I have visited. I think there are friendly and unfriendly people in pretty much every state. Certainly there are some states where people aren't as open or welcoming as others. I can say I have lived in NJ and you couldn't pay me to live there again. People are definitely more friendly in NC than NJ. And I certainly don't see discrimination in the workplace based on where you are from. I think maybe we have more people living here from other states than people from NC. NC is a very popular place for people to relocate (Gee, I wonder why that is? :).
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!
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.
I grew up in NC, and I can honestly say I am ashamed to call myself a north carolinian, everyone is judgemental towards anyone that is even the least bit different. Racism, homophobia, xenophobia, all rampant here. Basically if you're not a white christian, you are subject to constant persecution.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
The most friendly! People in Seattle are friendly, they watch out for bad things, and it is really cool!
Seattle Freeze = Minnesota Nice
Seattle Freeze is rather passive, yet friendly and nice beneath.
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.
I have to disagree! People here are rude; they do not say excuse me or knows their neighbors. People have sent rude emails about my grammar & spelling. I had one lady say she would not use my services because of my bad spelling and grammar. I have had people steal items from both inside and outside my store.
To sum it up people from New York are nicer then people from GA!
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'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
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 have been looking at single story family houses in the nashville, tn area and I would really like to live in the south again
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.
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.
I moved to VA, Norfolk 2 years ago and I despise this place, people freaks me out, with the excuse of being "friendly" they are trying to get into your damn busines. You can not go to a store and just be left alone, you will aways find someone who will try to "help you" finding something, or if you are in a restaurant, your server will show up to your table 3000 times. And don't make me start talking abour the drivers grr WHY DO YOU DRIVE 25 MPH ON THE LEFT LANE WHEN THE SPEED LIMIT IS 30! ! I swear I am counting the months to get out from this miserable state!
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!
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!
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 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.
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 Mormons are super nice and Utah as a whole gives the most to charity.
They donate the most
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.
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...
I've been to Maine every year since I was 8 years old, and I've met a local that hasnt been super nice and helpful. They are such nice people and the state is beautiful
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!
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 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
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...
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.
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.
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'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.
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 was born in Alabama. I have lived in 17 states 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.
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.
To be really honest the people in here are very friendly and not rude
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.
I lived in Mississippi all my life. Great people! We help everyone warm we can.
It's a utopia for sure. Everyone is friendly, polite, hospitable, helpful and caring.
South Carolina is a great state every body is so nice!
Living here all my life and people are amazing.
But will stab you in the back as soon as they say "Ya'll have a good day! "
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.
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.
I lived in Massachusetts all my life. People are very snobby and very unfriendly. I wish to leave this state, someday. Besides, it is extremely very expensive.
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 think Wisconsin should be near the top of the list. Cause I heard that they have very nice people!
Wisconsin should be higher. Everywhere I go in my small town someone always waves or smiles.
I like Indiana Because there are friendly and no tornados and dangerous weathers. I like to Go there but I Already Come Here That Means This is My New House :>>>>
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.
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.
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, and 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)?
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 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.
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!
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 rude people! been around the WORLD and would rather move back to Communist China than stay here!
The only reason Montana is this low is because you haven't been here
The state is pretty split really. Some people are the nicest people you will ever meet while others are very rude. However I will focus on the nice people for this list. Missourians will wave at you, help you if your broke down, defend you if someone is doing you wrong, talk to you, and so much more. Of corse there is a lot of people who are stand offish and don’t talk to you and huff, puff, mumble under their breath, and make faces at you but many people are very nice and even many of the rude ones will come around if you get to know them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.