Top Ten Most Important U.S. States

The Top Ten

1 California California

Largest economy, largest population, largest agricultural production, most important companies, Silicon Valley, Hollywood. Texas gets its value by virtue of having valuable resources in the ground, but it's California that puts those resources to work.

I have to agree... These are valid comments. Even if one is not fond of California, it's a major engine...

If California secedes, it would hurt America more than it would hurt California. California contributes a lot to the federal government, but California isn't very dependent on the federal government. America is also dependent on it's agriculture, and fruits, vegetables, dairy, wine, and nuts prices would go up in price. Many major companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, etc and if they stayed in California (which chances are likely) a]America would be hurt by that as well. And Hollywood is a major culture of America. If California secedes, then America would lose a major part of its identity. The only two ways California would be hurt is by our water supply (the price would shoot up) and tourism would decrease because 20% of the tourists in California would be from other American States. And since many people would be angry at California for seceding, tourism would drop. The fact of the matter is, California is very strong and independent. And it's a very diverse state.

California, definitely. You don't have to like it, but you can't deny that California is the most vital state in the Union. More industry, agriculture, people, and influence then most countries.

California has most of the American Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and more. We also grow the most food, we are the most populated state. and we don't live on one island.

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2 New York New York

New York and California are the top two - conehead722

I'd have to give New York the edge. Yes California may have the most resources and lots of companies are starting up there, but let's be real. New York is the city of the world. The city of all cities. I have lived in both states.

We got NYC, does California have NYC? No? New York is therefore better

California shouldn't be number one. California is a bigger state so they have more people to vote for their own of course, but NY by far should be #1 and I'm from Chicago.

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

Everyone just needs to know Texas has by far the state most history. Without Texas the USA would probably just not be as awesome as it is as now. All the states are important but without Texas California which the creator listed number one would be just a state would very few oil and gas which I think every state needs oil. Also about Houston and don't forget about the state capital Austin and Dallas San Antonio and Fort Worth are also big. El Paso comes over when you hit sandy spots in the desert. Corpus Christi and Galveston are near the Gulf of Mexico and just forget about these cool cities Texas has a famous desert and low prices so you can have a good life. The schools are nice to so you and your family can have the best life hear in Texas. So you should no by now that Texas is by far the most important state.

I don't think Texas is the "worlds" leader in green energy "AKA Largest Producer of Oil". Yes, I admit they do have the highest output of wind energy, but that is about it when it comes to green Energy. Also there is a lot of oil being produced in Texas, but we also have North Dakota which has just recently had a influx in production of oil. Take this as you will, I have nothing against Texas. I am just correcting a couple of things, but all in all Texas is a great state, and should be in the top three; just not #1. SORRY

Texas is the worlds leader in green energy, it also is the one of the leaders in oil and natural gas production, it has many more natural resources. This alone would put it as the most valuable state, and that's not counting its agriculture, population or that it has the world 15th largest economy. Texas is also one of only 3 states that are not in debt and the only state out of the 3 that has a population over 5mill

Texas is a great state. It's the 2nd largest state by area and population. Texas is not No. 1. I'm Texan,was born in Texas,raised in Texas,live in Texas,and I pray to die in my sweet home Texas. Texas is my life really,but I think California still gets No. 1. I think Texas deserves No.2.r Reasons why. /1. We produce Major Green Energy and Oil / 2. Texas may not have California's population,money,or tourism. But, the state makes it up. By amazing schools, neighborhoods, low prices,and a fantastic Life Style! We have places for the City Life 25 yr olds all the way to Farmers and their Wives,3 sons,and their new born Daughter. / 3. Texas does have the 2nd largest State population. If it Seceded the US would lose many citizens. Oil would fall deeply and that's 27 Million less taxes every year. Costs in many things would Rise too.

(I know this is Bad,but my thoughts are mostly because I have seen California and stayed in Cali for a Time. Even after that I didn't feel safe or happy ...more

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

Texas is not the one with the most history, Pennsylvania is. The U.S would be nothing without Pennsylvania. PA created independence and the constitution. Those 2 things are what pretty much run this country. So Pennsylvania should be number 1 or at least number 2

Was the second state. Contains the colleges, pitt Carnegie mellon university, Upenn, penn state and more. Philadelphia was the first capital of the US not to mention all the other incredibly important stuff that happened there (it would be too long to list) but most importantly the constitution and Declaration of Independence. Pittsburgh invented the first movie theatre, the first radio station. the oldest still currently published newspaper, YouTube, Heinz ketchup, the word ketchup, polio vaccine, the artificial heart valve, produced much of the steel used in WW2. Titusville is where oil was first founded. the battle of gettysburg. other inventions include; if you use glasses to see thank Pennsylvania, soda, bubble gum, pencils with erasers, slinkys, rootbeer, the lightning rod, bigmac, ferris wheel, revolving doors, again I would list all the stuff Philadelphia has done but I don't want to spend two years on my computer typing it

It's the Cradle of Liberty, where the Declaration and Constitution was signed. Philadelphia is the 5th most populated cities in America, and an economic hub for the Mid Atlantic. The city is known for its class and fine dining, with elites living and vacationing there. Pittsburgh is the heart of America's industry, and the leader in American steel production, not to mention home to many universities. Gettysburg, PA decided the Civil War, and the Titusville is where America discovered oil.

The foundation of the United States of America happened in Pennsylvania. - HauntingStomper

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5 Florida Florida

Florida, the capital of the sun shine. Plenty of activities, best beaches in USA, cheaper boat prices to rent and to buy, great food (plenty of restaurants multicultural), great oranges, Orlando Disney, Cape Canaveral a must see place, Miami the greatest and most friendly city in US with its number one international ariport in the states and number one cruisses port on the planet, the gulf coast with the most relaxing beaches, and most lovely sunsets on the planet, lots and lots of water springs and camping sites, unnumbered diving activities, the great miami the third most populated area in US. The everglades national park with the slowest river on earth and the unique Florida panther that can be seen only here...Priceless state!

Beaches Miami Orlando

There are four major cities experiencing major job growth.

Florida a lot of history

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6 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.

This state has quite possibly the most important historic influence as well as an incredibly strong, in some cases the strongest, presence in the fields of education, medicine and science, finance, entrepreneurship, military, technology, and various industries. MA is also a leader in social movements towards a free-er America and is the home to several ideas that sparked social change, for example, being the first state to legalize gay marriage. We also have some of the strongest state pride (I am an example) and our leadership is strong, for example, Menino was the mayor of Boston for life and Walsh probably will be too. Great state and Go Sox!

To begin with, I'm a homer. I live in the Boston area. Few if any states can claim as many firsts as Massachusetts. Sure we have our problems but a short list would include, the first transatlantic phone call, the first use of anesthesia, basketball, volley ball, vulcanized rubber, first college, first public library, first constitution which the u.s. constitution is based, the industrial revolution...and oh yeah, the United States.

I am biased because I live here but besides being the birthplace of the country it was the birthplace of the industrial revolution in this country. Then there's a whole list of first that happened here. This small state punches above it's weight in many areas.

GO MASSACHUSETTS!
BOSTON STRONG!

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7 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.

I live in Ohio and if we didn't have it we barley have any corn

The state of Ohio has been the "Deciding" state for quite a long time which means they have power over whether the state goes for the Democratic or The Republican Party plus most astronauts have came from Ohio.

As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. You're not going to get to the Oval Office without Ohio.

Oh.

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

Home to the world's largest naval station as well as SEAL team Six. I'd say that makes Virginia pretty important.

Earliest permanent settlement in the New World, birthed the most presidents, and leads the nation in state independence with commonwealth laws and its influence in Washington.

When I hear Virginia I think MILITARY HEAVEN not to mention are capitol is basically in Virginia great state and I'm glad I live there.

Yes if it weren't for the things that happened here there would be no America.

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9 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.

Some of the most important companies in the world are from washington, wuthout this state the economy might be even worse than now

I live in washington and I think it's a beautiful, amazing and a cool state

Has some of the biggest company's in the world like Microsoft.

Washington is just the best.

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

I am pure Maryland blood, so this is like a big celebration to me! Proves were better than a lot of other places!

Everybody from Maryland is true Marylander and will always be that way. We have a sense of pride that very few states have. So to see how we're in the top 10 only tells me who ever made this survey is a smart person

It has the National aquarium and it is where the star spangled banner came from

This is actually where Washington DC is - SoloPotato

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The Contenders

11 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 in Illinois. Illinois is number one is selling our pumpkins, and we are not affected by things much. We hardly have any natural disasters and we are usually friendly. Plus, half of our food comes from hand grown farms. We have the freshest water, the most food, and we know how to survive.

5th or 6th largest population. Prominent in bringing about the nuclear age and leader in nuclear energy.

Birthplace of McDonalds Franchise.

4th largest producer of corn.

Illinois has produced some of the world most commonly used items out of the world fair, including the zipper!

Home to iconic companies like Boeing, McDonalds, Walgreens, Allstate, State Farm, Sears, Wrigley, Motorola, and United Airlines.

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12 Michigan Michigan

California can say they are the best and have valid arguments, but they lack something that they can't live without: fresh water. If the Western states were not able to mooch fresh water from Michigan (and they do, just ask anyone who owns waterfront property on the Great Lakes), then they would be in huge trouble. We also provide most of the nation's cereal (both Post and Kellogg's are headquartered in Battle Creek). It's also a little-known fact that next to California, Michigan produces the most diverse amount of agriculture. It produces more fruit than any other state. The Big Three car companies are all headquartered here as well. Not to mention the presence of the University of Michigan, which is a well-respected university worldwide, not just nationally. Plus, there is a ridiculous amount of natural resources in the Upper Peninsula that have hardly been touched. That's not even including the fact that Michigan built Chicago twice (get your act together Illinois) with its vast ...more

Constantly underrated because of the stigma around Detroit. Never mind that this city was once one of the wealthiest in the world. The Detroit institute of Arts is also a national crown Jewel. But enough about Detroit, that is only one facet of this great state. This state is also home to the country's largest law school, Cooley Law School and two nationally recognized universities University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Then there is the true beauty of this land. Four out five of the Great Lakes surround these two peninsulas. With an unbelievable amount of sandy coastline. When so many states are suffering from water shortages this state is surrounded by one forth of the fresh water supplies in the world. No matter were you are located in this state you are never more than six miles from a body of water. Then there is the upper peninsula. This part of the state is virtually untouched. There is more residents in Ingham county (states capital Lansing) then there is in the ...more

Michigan is just amazing. We have a crappy government, but we have the most freshwater of any state, the second most amount of coast of any state, and one of the most diverse economies of any state.

Has the most freshwater in the world,and you need Fresh water to live. Not to mentioin we also have huge forestry industry and limestone. We also still mine for iron coal and copper in the Upper Peninsula. We also have the headquarters of two huge car companies, Ford and GM.

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14 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.

North Carolina was the first state in the country to invent tar. Without tar we would not have gone to work with our favorite car. And north Carolina had a boat called the showboat and it was the most decorated battleship in world war 2.

North Carolina has invented tons of things that are popular today. Some examples include: Cheerwine, Pepsi, Harris Teeter, Krispy Kreme, Slim Jim, and Tobacco. We also were the first state visited by England therefore, if NC wasn't here, the country known as the United States wouldn't be here either. We also contributed some of the best soldiers in the Civil War, and a lot of soldiers in WW2. We are a home to an EXTREMELY large and important fort known as Fort Bragg. We were also a very large port state in the US and Wilmington was the key port city. North Carolina is also a very important state when it comes to trading goods and supplies. We were a key factor in the Civil War, We had Fort Fisher which was a fort allowing brigade runners in for the Confederacy. When it fell, the Civil War was pretty much over. It's also very cool to have both Mountains and Beach in our state, and a home to some of the best colleges and basketball teams in the US. Heck, we even have the Biltmore House ...more

I also commented for N.J. Regarding N.C. ; Outstanding Colleges and
Universities! ;Tourism, Outstanding Beaches and Mountains! ; Vibrant
Job friendly cities... Strong retiree economy. Many, many, things
Going for N.C. A very important asset to the country...

What people don't know when they say north Carolina is bad is how important it is ok if you want to be part of England because the battle at Guilford courthouse never happed - lbelle0527

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

Last of the confederate states to fall, 4th us state, 13th and last colony (which was a war/buffer colony) Country, city, suburbs, 6th most important state in exports, highest migration rate of the south, top in business, chicken, watermelon, onions, peaches, peanuts, pecans, coca cola, worlds busiest airport, largest state east of Mississippi, largest aquarium, 2nd Hollywood, real southern hospitality, one of the most diverse states, exotic animals, we are the only fans of our sport teams because we don't just go for favorites or switch to top teams, Georgia pride

Olympics Hosts, Worlds Busiest Airport, Empire of the South

Home to one of the largest companies in the world:Coca Cola

GEORGIA IS OF BEST STATE!

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16 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.

Minnesota has Mayo Clinic and The biggest mall in the US! And it's 18? Everyone vote!

Minnesota grows a lot of corn and has the mall of America, I love Minnesota

Home hockey bug forests land of 10,000 lakes and home of the Mississippi river

2nd largest economy in the midwest, with companies like best buy, target, buffalo wild wings, 3m, and many other major companies

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17 Louisiana Louisiana

Louisiana is an important economic region not just for the South, but the entire Midwest. Owning the largest port complex in the hemisphere and having the pleasure of having all major American rail lines passing through New Orleans. Louisiana is also pleased to be the major terminus for bulk leaving U.S. farmlands and major bulk good entering the country and towards are industrial and agricultural heartland via the Mississippi River. This is also to mention that the state is a major producer of crude and refined oil and natural gaselection, partnering along with Texas our state fuels the rest of the country and will soon help to keep the lights on Europe with the first U.S. LNG export facility in Shreveport. Overall while we aren't the most important state we can definitely say that at least we're way ahead of Mississippi.

Louisiana is a very important if not the most important state in the U.S. without this state the U.S. would not have bought the Louisiana Purchase and our country would never be able to expand past the Mississippi River. Louisiana also is a leader in lumber, fur, and minerals such as oil, natural gas, salt and sulfur. We have possibly the largest port in the country and hold many world records such as the tallest state capital building and the world's second-longest bridge. We are also known for Mardi Gras, our giant wetlands, jazz, and many other things. Louisiana is the best state ever!

Of course it is the best!

This should be #number 3, Virginia should be #1, and Massachusetts should be#2

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

Haven't you heard of the Baltimore protests?

The best state ever

Well honestly Delaware is under rated! Delaware is the first state in the whole entire U. S! Delaware needs to have some credit for that! Also Delaware is rich, small but spacey and has many historical sights! Cm'on give Delaware a chance! - Grace Hite

This is where Washington D.C. of course it's important - SoloPotato

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19 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.

Geographic diversity including some of the highest mountains in North America, presence of microclimates allowing a variety of economic and recreational activities at a given time, large area, greater than average population, relatively high GDP, a strong federal and military presence including the US Mint and US Air Force Academy, Cannabis Legalization, and a sweet flag. Too many reasons to mention.

My opinion on colorado is that the best time to go there is in the winter saying that I live in texas we don't get much snow here so I wouldn't mind going there every winter.

Home of the Air Force. Relatively safe from natural disasters.

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20 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.

Provides residency for two of the nations largest cities. The Port of Elizabeth, major railroad services, major highways, and one of the busiest airports (Newark) all converge in North Jersey. Culturally, NJ has produced incredible talents including Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Danny DeVito, Whitney Houston, and many countless others. Historically, NJ was an important battle ground during the Revolutionary War. Besides all the above, it's the most ethnically and culturally diverse epicenter in the US outside of NYC. It's the most densely populated state because people love it so much.

New Jersey is technically the backbone of New York in employment. NJ has a better education system and human development index than most of the nation which is a big plus too.

NJ is underrated. Yes, it's bad compared to other industrialized and northern states, but it's still more advanced than most of the country. - marmalade_skies

JERSEY IS LIT IT SHOULD BE HIGHER UP HERE SMH

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