Top 10 Friendliest U.S. States

The Top Ten
1 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.

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 they have been in 32 other states, so have I, and so have other people.

I have also traveled over halfway 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, and mindful. 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!

2 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.

I have traveled and stayed all over the U.S.A. When we're talking about the Southern part of the United States, respectively, Tennessee was the nicest and most welcoming area in the South.

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 asking how you are 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, as most outsiders would think. In fact, almost everyone I know is well educated.

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

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 its 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 it offers a reasonable cost of living.

4 South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

It's a utopia for sure. Everyone is friendly, polite, hospitable, helpful, and caring.

Living in South Carolina, I believe that the people here are really friendly.

South Carolina is a great state. Everybody is so nice!

5 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'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 have personally lived in Colorado for my whole life. Yes, there sometimes is a homeless population, but 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 it's a wonderful place.

6 Wyoming Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the tenth largest by area, but the least populous and the second least densely populated of the 50 United States.
7 Indiana

I just moved from Indiana to Florida. I grew up in Michigan. As far as friendliness goes, both of those states are way more friendly than Florida.

The dismissive attitude in Florida I could live without. The weather makes up for it.

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. Is there a reason to hate Indiana?

Indiana is amazing! There are friendly people that you'll get along with right away! Sometimes, Indiana may not be the best, but other than that, it's still good.

8 Iowa Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west. Iowa is a strong Republican state with Constitutional Carry. Masks have never been mandatory and Iowa was never locked down.

Even at the local Starbucks, people are considerate. I was babysitting a five-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.

I've been through every Midwestern State. In my years of experience being a Truck Driver, I'd have to say the most friendly people I've encountered in the Midwest is in the state of Iowa.

9 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... read more

I have visited and also have lived there. It is a mixed bag. In LA cities (LA County), long-term residents who are not there to be in the industry from somewhere else are the nicest people. Newly moved there and keeping up with the Joneses type, which there are plenty of, are rude. Venice Beach, Marina Del Ray, San Francisco, and San Jose, in my personal opinion, are the friendliest in California.

The friendliest people in the entire country are here, especially when you take into account the diverse population. Other states bragging about friendliness only extend it superficially in an unmeaningful way.

10 Kansas Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area.

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.

The nicest people you will probably ever meet. I've lived here my entire life, and every time I travel out of town, I am not used to the rude and foul behavior that some people display. I am not used to it.

I'm only used to kindness and manners because that's what I'm surrounded by daily in Kansas.

The Contenders
11 Oklahoma

Great environment to raise a family. You will not meet people more friendly than Oklahomans. They have similar values and stay true to being a person for others.

They live at a slow pace, so you most likely will see people stopping what they are doing to strike up a conversation with a stranger.

I 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...

12 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 visited for two months, staying in Federal Way near Seattle. I loved it. The people were not overly friendly but cordial.

It's cold in the winter, but it is a very nice place. 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!

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!

13 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.

I have lived in North Carolina 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, as a poster mentioned in a previous post. And I don't see any more racism here than in 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 New Jersey, and you couldn't pay me to live there again. People are definitely friendlier in North Carolina than in New Jersey. 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 North Carolina. North Carolina is a very popular place for people to relocate. (Gee, I wonder why that is?)

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

I've 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 prefer to be left alone, especially in the larger populated counties and cities, so don't expect to be making friends right off the bat if you move here. I would also recommend taking a vacation to Virginia before making your final choice.

If you go to the countryside, the coastal area, and the mountains, more people will probably be open to 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.

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

We moved here from Florida, and we love it. Everybody is kind and welcoming. Also, it's 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 went on vacation here and everyone was smiling and so nice. This needs to be the number one state. Georgia is such a nice state.

Georgia has an excellent amount of Southern hospitality within its communities.

16 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.

I grew up in Utah and didn't fully appreciate how amazing the people are until I moved elsewhere. I have traveled 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.

I met a lot of friendly and polite people when I visited this state and stayed there for a while.

Utah is definitely the friendliest state! I live there, and the people are the best and so loving to each other.

17 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.

I grew up in Oregon, left to enter the Navy at 19, and was stationed in Florida, which I loved. I 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. I spent two years in the Navy stationed in California and didn't like it at all.

My mom grew up in Oregon, so we'd visit family there occasionally. I always loved how nice everyone there was, especially compared to the Northeast, where I'm from.

Just don't ever call it "Orey-gone."

18 Nebraska Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln.

Nebraska is home. I have lived in quite a few different states and large cities. I still come home to my roots. People in Nebraska are friendly. We are also protective.

So when you live in a community for a while, you are just automatically "one" of the community. There may be a few people in town that you may not quite like, however, when the chips are down, they will usually be the first ones there to help. That's my Nebraska.

I have lived here my whole life, and I plan to stay because everyone in this state is so polite. They're also very respectful, and they would be the ones to help you out if you're stuck on the side of the road.

I love this state!

19 Maine Maine is located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Known for its rugged coastline, it is the easternmost state in the contiguous U.S. Its capital is Augusta, while its largest city is Portland. Maine is famous for its maritime history, as well as its seafood cuisine, particularly... read more

People from Maine would not say stay away if you are from away. I would say it's 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 in 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.

The people are great. Friendly and helpful. It is a state where self-sufficiency is either in the background or the foreground.

20 Alabama Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west.

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.

The 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, which match the beautiful hearts they have.

My son moved here from Virginia, and I go often to visit him in Prattville, just outside of Montgomery. The people are so friendly, and I look forward to visiting this lovely state.

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

I don't understand why the Aloha State is so low on this list. Although they seem irritated by tourists at first, once you get to know them, they're very genuine and warm. They are the friendliest people I've ever met.

As long as you don't act like you own the place when you come here and pollute the beaches, us residents will gladly welcome you. Don't let the guarded exterior fool you!

I am shocked that this place is so low! I went on this website only because I vacationed in Hawaii and was completely blown away by how friendly everyone here was! Everybody I met was extremely welcoming, helpful, and also family-oriented.

I have never been so content meeting new individuals.

22 Mississippi Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

This must be a joke, ranking us at 49... really? We 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 the 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.

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

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 mean, I'm from Wisconsin, so I'm bound to vote for this. The people here are actually really nice and patriotic. People always say that up here, people are rough, but actually, everyone is really friendly and gentle.

In Wisconsin, it's so friendly that it's safe for you to keep your doors open at night. People in Wisconsin are really nice to you unless you mess with our precious cheese.

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

Outside of the big cities, which aren't many, Pennsylvanians are very friendly and mannerly. Short of a few jerks, we know how to drive and actually let others in when they need to change lanes. We open doors for, and push carts for, our elderly and disabled.

Our license plate says, "You've got a friend in Pennsylvania," for God's sake!

I was born and raised in PA, and lived there for the first 25 years of my life. I think overall, it's a friendly state, with some areas being more friendly (like the Altoona area) and others being more unfriendly (like the York area).

Where I lived (Wilkes-Barre area), people are mostly good and willing to help someone in need, but are perhaps depressed as the area has become very crime-ridden in recent years due to an influx of out-of-area people, who, dare I say, might not be so friendly?

25 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 heard Chicago is an amazing place. The beautiful skyline and the lake lining the whole eastern side of the city are just gorgeous. As well as being an amazing place, I also heard they have amazing and outgoing people, despite being a big city, one of the biggest in the country!

I live here, and I've found that yes, not everyone is very polite, but the majority is. Also, supposedly, the Midwest is one of the nicest regions around, with a diversity of friendly people.

People talk a lot about Chicagoans, but the rest of the state's population is just as friendly. Very down-to-earth, polite, and helpful towards others, regardless if you're a native or just touring.

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