Top 10 Best States in the United States

The Top Ten
1 California California is a state in the Southwestern United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 square kilometers), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento, and the largest city is Los Angeles.

There's no place I'd rather have grown up. Let me begin to tell you just what a great state this is. To start us right off, we literally have EVERYTHING. Warm beaches, GORGEOUS national parks and greenery, deserts, breathtaking mountains, endless rolling fields of countryside, and, for all you city lovers, we have L.A. and San Francisco, too. You name it, California has it. You could come to California just once, and go back home to your friends and brag that you've hit all the major places people want to go to. Great weather, too. Climate change is the only reason we don't get enough rain anymore. Otherwise, we have pretty moderate winters with good rainfall about 4-5 times per month for about 3-5 months. Summers are nice and warm, and fall and spring here are absolute heaven. We have great colleges here, too, like Stanford and Berkley. The overall education system is also really good. People come here just to pursue their passion because there are so many options and you can get a ...more

California is historic, beautiful, and a good place for travel but it has problems like poverty, fires, earthquakes, etc. Overall, not the best, not the worst. It deserves #20

I live here and it's great. Sure, there are a lot of fires, and the crime might be somewhat high, but with the stiff competition of states, it's high up there.

There should be no debate about this Florida is hot and humid. In southern California the temperature can be in the mid 60's all year round. In northern California it provides some of the best and most scenic national parks in the world including yosemite, sequoia, and Kings Canyon. When people think of California they think of the beach and big cities but they don't seem to remember the variety of places to visit that this wonderful state has.

2 New York New York is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic Region. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes referred to as New York State.

New York in itself is a great state. Sure, the city has a ton of problems, the politics are out of whack, there is a ton of homeless problems and housing can get very expensive, but if you want to experience the more better parts of the city, some areas like Rockefeller Plaza and Brooklyn are right up your alley. Of course, there's more to the state than just the city. Many tourists who want to take a gander at some of the state's natural beauty flock to upstate NY to experience various outdoor activities. I went to the Hudson Valley part of the state and it was like you're at home. It's all clean, the small towns have charm, as they have some British influences, the people are just wonderful, and the farm-fresh cuisine is really tasty. Other places in upstate, like the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks are great as well. New York, one of the best northeastern states to visit, in my opinion.

Florida is the center of art, talent, development and presidential leadership. Yes it has many rules, road signs and tolls but that is there to contribute to the organization a of this state. There is untouchable law and order and crimes are dealt with immediately. It's towns, neighborhoods and cities are kept safe and people are not worried. At least, I'M not worried. It might like in tourism when you compare it to other states but that is ONE FLAW. There are literally thousands of shops, entertainment venues and fast food restaurants to keep people happy. New York, YOU'RE A WINNER!

Downstate and NYC/Long Island are great if you can afford them. When you live here, you are spoiled for choice and can't accept the mediocrity of other places. Anything North of Westchester stinks, especially Albany and the other towns surrounding it as they are black holes of corruption. People dream of living in NY from all over the world. Too bad it's just that, a dream, for many people. Too many of us have to leave our families and move to other places to survive.

When most people think of New York, they think of the city with you know, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, but it's the city with the same name as the state. Of course there are dangerous parts of the state you should avoid going to, but for the most part, it's kind of a great place to live and visit.

3 Florida Florida is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Florida is the southeasternmost U.S. state, with the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

This is the best state because it has Disney World, Universal, warm weather and some fine beaches to swim in. Even though the beaches in Menorca are 100x better. It may be humid but just keep drinking and you will be having a ball. Unlike California their are no wild fires because their are no hills also winters are never freezing cold so if you come in the winter then you have cut your cold days short! Florida is the best someone put it up to number 1!

In my opinion, although I haven't been to Florida before, I think that it is an AMAZING state! It is similar to Disneyland, in France, which I've been to before. And it may possibly have beautiful beaches and cruises and it would definitely have many tourist attractions so that would be pretty awesome. This state is totally recommended to people who haven't been to it yet.

Amazing I've lived there for 35 years And I live in Doral Fl and you have to visit the blue monster and go to the amazing malls. I also recommend to go to naples fl.

I live in Florida, and it is paradise there. There are so many activities to do in Florida. There is Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld, the Kennedy Space Center, Legoland, and the list goes on! You could take a relaxing vacation to Miami or Daytona Beach, visit the Everglades, or visit the state's capital, Tallahassee.

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

I'm a Texan, and so of course I would choose this state. Colorado follows: I love the rocky mountains, the national parks, and the abundance of streams.
Texas has rich history and diverse landscape, supporting an abundance of wildlife. Texas, by far, produces the most oil: 1.85 million barrels in 2019. Whew!
Texas is a traditional state brimming with wonders. My family has been in this state for awhile; since the Old Three Hundred. I am descended from one of the Old Three Hundred, actually.
Lot's of pastures and forests, land belonging to ranches with it's own natural rugged beauty. My opinion that people here are really friendly! ;)
I am proud of the Lone Star state, proud for what it stands for, and proud to live here.
Have a good day and God bless!

Let's face it, New York and California are corrupted to the core by socialism and communism. You want a free and more conservative, tranditional state, Texas is probably the best.

Cheap Housing :D

I live in California but it is difficult for our family to afford a house in the Bay Area, where my dad works. Our rent is 3k a year for a less than 1k square foot apartment. I want to move to Texas when I grow up because they have great homes for cheap prices.

Everything is literally bigger and cheaper here in Texas. Houses cost like half of what they are in California

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

I think if a state ends up close to the top, it isn't a sign that it's good, it's just the least bad. And Hawaii is the closest we have to a perfect state. Overall a better version of Florida.

I know it seems too obvious to be true but come on, you all know that this state is the best. Literally nothing is wrong with it. Honolulu is overrated and its still one of the greatest cities of all time. Everything is perfection. Once you take your first step in Hawaii and take your first breath of tropical air, you will fall in love.

If not for the extreme cost to live there, I would vote Hawaii number one. It's basically paradise.

Hawaii is the best place for vacation. It is a clean island with a lot of excitement.

6 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.

I have lived in many different states but I will have to be a fool not to admit my experience here has been the best. My family all came from Utah and even though we mostly split all over the country we are now all moving to Colorado without each other knowing about it. If that doesn't tell you how great of a state Colorado I don't know what will.

Yes, yes, and yes! This state is the absolute best in the nation! There is so much to do there! It has everything: Mountains, lakes, rivers, tourism, forests, campgrounds, large cities (Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Pueblo, Greeley, Fort Collins), great restaurants, decent schools, diversity, great state parks, national monuments, natural sculptures, you name it! I lived in Colorado for ten years, and I can't wait to move back! I live in Oregon, and nothing can compare to Colorado! It is the most beautiful state in the nation, and a great place to live! I can't wait to move back and say, "Colorado, I'm home! " I think Oregon is okay, but I can't wait to be a police officer in Colorado! Thank the Lord for blessing us with this state! I love you, Colorado!

The most fit state with the most sunshine. Activities and bike paths everywhere. Most people are decent drivers and the cost of living isn't that expensive. Everyone is moving here for a reason! Absolutely awesome state, especially if you enjoy many different kinds of weather. The liberal drug policies are also appealing to me and many other people, but hey if you don't wanna smoke weed nobody is making you. The flag is also very cool and clean looking. Mountains are beautiful. Doesn't get too hot or too cold for much of the year. Great schools and great careers. This is just a fantastic state all around. I can't think of one thing I honestly dislike about it. It's not liberal not conservative, but somewhere in the middle. It's just a great place to live. Great beer too.

It's a great place to visit with a lot to do. Its also a great place to live. Nice neighbors, plenty of resources, good schools/colleges, many opportunities, etc. Its just a really awesome state! I'd say it's the state of dreams too!

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

The Keystone State has been home to the Nation's capitol (Philadelphia 6xs, Lancaster, & York), the Birthplace of the nation, the first true religious freedom state, First place of protest against slavery in the U.S. A, some of the biggest manufactures reside in the state (US Steel, Heinz, Hershey), Home to many of the countries first and/or oldest (Bank, Fire department, University, Art Museum, Zoo, Library system, Medical School, and literally almost every else. ) The geographical makeup of the state is also very diverse, as well as the people and animals which inhabit the state. Pennsylvania is indeed a VERY underrated state.

Pennsylvania is by far the most underrated state. It has preserved its culture and beauty. Sometimes I think you haven't lived in America until you've toured the Amish and historic areas of the state. Plus, you can't forget that Philadelphia is here, history and all. And what would we do without Hershey's?

Great state for amusement park enthusiasts, and has more wooden coasters than any other state, plus really old ones, including Jack Rabbit at Kennywood and the oldest roller coaster in the world, Leap the Dips in Lakemont Park, and has many historic places and beautiful landscape. Best state in my opinion.

Pennsylvania is a beautiful state. there are a lot of things to do in Pa. Philadelphia has the liberty bell. Hershey is also a great place to go home of Americas favorite chocolate Hershey's chocolate there's chocolate world. Pennsylvania is also my home state. Pennsylvania is not the best state but still it is a very nice state and definitely one of the top ten best states in the. U.S.A.

8 Washington Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the only state named after a president.

I went to Seattle in December 2018 and November 2019, and I can say that the weather up there was beautiful with all the nice rain, wind, and clouds instead of the blazing hot sun I'm used to back at home in California. 10/10 would move here if I could simply because of how nice the weather up there is, especially during the fall and winter.

Voted for Washington because I'm from here, but it deserves my vote because it's such a beautiful state! I've never been anywhere else where I was surrounded by so many beautiful trees with cool 60s weather and overcast days. And the smell of pine needles...absolutely heavenly.

Washington. You can find a happy medium for all. As far as the person who disputed the 60s weather and said they lived there for 18 years and is sucked? Does that mean you lived in every part?

This rain stereotype is awful. Washington has mountains, pine tree forests, and gorgeous summers with long days.

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

All the history, amazing food, beautiful views, what more do you want? It's sadly being corrupted by some, (So many military people, and so many northerners) but you can thank this state for the best presidents and more.

Hello, the best state your looking at there would be no United States if it weren't for Virginia because it is the capital of the white house.

This state is the most beautiful, underrated state. Great people, great services, it"s the American dream.

I love living in Alexandria. It's so beautiful here.

10 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 is the stereotypical New England state. People love baseball and sea food and the ocean. Well most would visit Boston, I think cape Call of Duty is the best. Calm water, beaches and great white sharks. This cape is the best part of the state.

I do like some other states more but I feel so bad for Massachusetts because it's 38! Boston, Cambridge, Cape Call of Duty, Martha's Vineyard...

Boston is a popular city and they have the 2013 World Series baseball camps.

I'm a Bostonian and I can tell you that Massachusetts,New York, California, Washington and Connecticut are the best and best educated states.

The Contenders
11 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.

Cold winters and summers that are not that hot. I love winter, so our cold and deep snow and below zero is beautiful.
I live in Bloomington, it's nice and quiet and safe and we have the Mall of America. The Twin Cities are not dangerous, they are safe and so much fun. We have the best changing leaves in the fall, with gigantic leaf piles.
I have three daughters (eleven, nine, and three), and a dog. I consider this the best place to raise kids.
MOA (as us Minnesotans call it) has an American Girl Store (we love AG), an INDOOR amusement park (our favorites are the log chute and the Backyardigans Swing), a movie theater, an aquarium, and more.
There's Irvine Park in St. Paul, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis.
Minnesota is the best state ever and there is always something to do. Bloomington is a suburb of Twin Cities, so we are part of the Twin Cities, not outstate!

Surprised it's up this high, I thought this list would basically a population list. Minnesota is a great state, don't mind the winter that is as cold as hell, the summers are nice.

I live in West St. Paul, and all I can say is, a lot of bunnies and trees. Which is a perk. Also, we have Mall of America. You should go check it out if you haven't been there or going on a trip to this state.

Glad to see my home state up so high where it should be. We have amazingly warm Summer's like Florida, and cold winters like Alaska, Minnesota is the best.

12 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.

So nice... Central Ohio has some of the biggest houses you will ever see. We have great education, and are learning concepts most learn in adult years. by the way... California is overrated!

This state is underrated. The schools are great, and the people are awesome. Most people just think of this as a cornfield wasteland, but Ohio is a great place to be and live

Ohio has every thing really cars the first person to step on the moon everyone is an idiot.

Cold winters, sunny summers, and so many things to do and friendly people!

13 Maine

As someone who lives in Maine, I can easily say that Maine is a great state, low crime rate, quite and peaceful neighborhoods up north, great scenery, and a great tourist sight. If you visit Maine I recommend you explore the entire state and do some sightseeing, don't forget to buy a bottle of Moxie a soda only sold in Maine you'll have a 50/50 chance of liking it though. The only downside for me is the winter and snowfall that can occur even in April.

Where else could you find beautiful scenery and rivers? Maine! Friendly people, quiet, and beautiful.

The people here are ultra-friendly. +1!

I'm glad to see Maine so high up.

14 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.

Illinois is the best state mainly because it has one of the biggest farming industries in the U.S alongside Nebraska. Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th amendment to abolish slavery. Illinois is also a leading producer in corn, soy beans, and swine. The state of Illinois houses more than 74,600 farms at 357 acres. It has a vast variety of soils which means you'll be able grow and plant many crops. Presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Ulysses S Grant, all come from Illinois. Lastly if you are into finance Illinois is your number 1 pick.

What a beautiful state! This is such a nice place to live in. Illinoisans are very kind, friendly, and nice. There is great food, gorgeous places, and the most amazing skyline!

Chicago AKA the Windy City is a nice place to be. A lot of job opportunities right by Lake Michigan and has the 2nd tallest building in the world.

I love downtown Chicago! (Besides all the crazed up chig. weather of course) if you're afraid of racism come live here, we're a complete democratic state and very peaceful and nice people so don't worry at all!

15 Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

Tennessee is awesome. I just think woke people are to lazy to come to Tennessee. Tennessee is fabulous.

I live in Tennessee

Some of my family and friends are there And Dose Not Have Good special education

16 Oregon Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada.

My home state. We have forests, rivers, mountains, and deserts. Plus, no sales tax.

My Pen pal lives in Oregon and she loves it, she says there is lots of trees!

Lots of snow. Oregon has the best rain and gardens. It's great!

I am from Oregon but I now live in Texas. Oregon is awesome ith fresh air huge trees and large hills

17 Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

Alaska is a beautiful place to live, to visit, and to stay. Alaska was declared a state on January 3, 1959. America did purchase Alaska in 1867. Alaska has evolved into a great place with endless adventures and hikes. Beauty is from every angle. There is a giant chocolate fountain here in Alaska! And great food, nice people, nice houses, all you need to live. This is my favorite state, (Besides California)

Lakes, mountains, cold winters and chilly summers, and kind people. Awesome!

I would love to have sunless winters and lots of nice snow.

Pretty good weather, but the crime is rather high.

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

I was born in Maryland, it was the best, sometimes I wish I stayed in Maryland, I left my best and first friend in Maryland. I wish I never moved to Michigan, but I guess Michigan is good.

There would be no Washington DC if it were not for Maryland. It may not be the best state ever, but it is an extremely important one.

The most important state is Maryland. Washington DC and the White House and all of that important stuff.

Maryland is the best state, not California!

19 Arizona Arizona is a U.S. state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states.

I live here and its like a bubble, you are amazed with other states weather and people. Though a lot of people are saying that we are ¨Crack heads¨ every states has ghettos and our capital city here is one of them. If you want to go to somewhere nice, go to Scottsdale or Flagstaff.

Nice place not to forget about the lakes and snow!

Lakes In Summer

Flagstaff In Winter.

The desert is a great place to look at in the sun.

Very pretty state. I love Arizona

20 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.

Friendly people, fairly cold winters, and hot summers. Pepsi was invented in North Carolina and so was airplanes. Great beaches, and lots of things to do!

Carowinds is so much fun, Greensboro is awesome, the mountains are amazing, and the beaches are great!

Mountains, Foothills, Beaches, Fantastic Food, Our State Magazine, face it... North Carolina has it all.

The best state to live in!

21 Utah Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest, the 31st-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States.

Uh... Have you seen our National Parks. That's right. Utah has everything from the best snow on Earth, to beaches by our Great Salty lake. We get wonderfully warm summers and beautiful white Christmas's. Yeah. Utah is the best ever!

Contains some of the best National Parks in the United States. Hosted the 2002 Olympics. Has the greatest snow on earth...could I go on?

I LOVE IT HERE! There are great national parks, lagoon, fan x, a TON of concerts, hikes, lakes, and so much more! It's beautiful!

Hard pick between Texas and Utah, but I'm going with Utah because of the amazing scenery. Most of Texas is just country.

22 Michigan

Number 24, WHAT! Michigan is awesome. It has the longest coastline in the lower 48 and is magnificent. People say Detroit is dangerous, but it is not that bad. Detroit is close to both Lake Huron and Erie, and is situated right on lake st Clair. Sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore is underrated compared to Yosemite and Yellowstone. There are tons of beaches in Michigan and no sharks, just friendly lake sturgeon.

A lot of people have cottages up in Michigan and you could go fishing in a bunch of lakes to choose from. Pure Michigan.

I am from Michigan and it's not so bad. Well, except for the Flint water crisis.

Just a Maryland girl living a Michigan world. That is what I am...

23 New Hampshire

They say "Live free or die" for a reason. New Hampshire is great at not passing pointless laws, and has low taxes.

It's the "live free or die" state and I will probably move to New Hampshire when I'm an adult.

Boy number one! Or at least five

Best state I lived in.

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

Everyone listen up. I lived in many states like California and Arizona but Wisconsin was the best of all. We should be number one. Wisconsin is America's dairy land. If Wisconsin didn't exist, y'all would probably die of unhealthy teeth and bones because WE HAVE ALL THE DAIRY. Don't forget about the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Milwaukee Brewers. Every sports team we have here is the best. Don't forget about the Beer here. Plus, in the winter, we have a lot of Snow Resorts and in the Summer, We have a bunch of water parks open. Children and Teenagers here are well educated. And who cares about the population ( *cough *cough, California) we also have Devils Lake, and the dells. We have hunting and fishing and Wisconsin isn't as expensive as popular states like California, Texas, New York, and other states. We also have the Great Lakes which are very beautiful. The only comments here that say Wisconsin is the worst is wrong. The only reason they say that is because THEY NEVER ...more

We should be higher on this list! Wisconsin has the world's largest organ museum, we have the largest indoor water park in the world, is the birthplace of Harry Houdini, and won the race to be the first state to accept the 19th Amendment, giving women more rights. If this list doesn't get higher, I honestly don't know what will.

Best State ever. We have the best cheese in the country. The dells is really fun! Lots of fun activities! We have fishing and hunting. Its beautiful. We have the Packers ,too! Go Pack Go. We have beer and cheese. Living in Wisconsin taught me a lot. But most of all, it home.

Cold winters and great cheese! Friendly people and so many friendly people.

25 Vermont

I simply can not think of a single downside. No crime, beautiful nature, good economy, civil liberties galore. I think the likes of Washington and Franklin, the great men who built this nation, would be impressed with the world of Vermont.

It's absolutely beautiful, the people are friendly and it's the safest and cleanest state in America. This should be WAY higher.

Someday I will get out of Nebraska and come here. Mark my words!

Awesome state! Great camping and scenery!

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