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 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!

I'm a sixth grader in a small town in Minnesota called Albany. I was really nervous for middle school because two other schools (Holy Family and Avon) were coming too. I didn't really have any friends and was worried because the few that I had weren't in my class. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. Everyone was really nice and I quickly made new friends.

I am a man in my mid 50's, former military who has been in every state and lived in every time zone in the lower 48. Overall by far the people in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota are the nicest most polite people in the country. If you can handle the extreme cold Northern Minnesota is the best kept secret in the nation.

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'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

No Joke, any one who hates this state is crazy, I have been to Tennessee many times, and yet I don't remember anytime when someone has not held a door open for people (especially elders), not use manners and not had nice friendly conversations with others.

I live in East Tennessee about 45 minutes outside of Sevierville. I was born here and raised here. I love this state. I always try my best to be friendly and courteous to everyone I come in contact with. That's how I was raised. I encourage to come and visit us. We love to entertain.

From Kentucky. Living in northern Alabama. My trips to Tennessee have been met with consistent kindness and genuine Southern hospitality. Seriously well mannered people. Nashville is the friendliest city you'll ever find.

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 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

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.

Texas is the friendliest Been to 42 states and Texas is the friendliness by far. People always greet with a smile and are willing to help. Also a nice place to drive. San Antonio/South Texas is the friendliness part if anyone wonders.

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 every body is so nice!

Living here all my life and people are amazing.

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!

Colorado by far had thee most friendliest people. If you are looking to move here then do it! Seems its easy to meet people too.

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.

6 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 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.

I definitely agree with this! From Mickey's Irish Pub to the college campus sidewalks, my children were even greeted with respect, patience and consideration. I'd contend Iowa should be number one even!

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.

7 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.
8 Indiana

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 live in Indiana, and most of the people I know there are very nice and kind to me, like my family, friends, teachers, etc. Why is there a reason to hate Indiana?

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

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.

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.

Friendliest people in the entire country when you take into account the diverse population. Other states bragging about friendliness only extend it superficially in an unmeaningful way.

There are a few irrational people here and there, but the majority of the population is very accepting of others and open minded.

I lived here for nearly three years and I was in the Bay Area and then Sac. The people were WAY more friendly than Minnesota. This website is wrong. Lol. I loved Cali! I'll probably move back. Made more friends here

10 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 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? :).

Western North Carolina is far the friendliest by far. I Have traveled all the lower 48 for 38 year's as a long haul Truck Driver.
This list is not even close to being correct.
I use to think Texas was friendly but South of Houston I met some of the Rudest people Yet.
IOWA is not friendly. People in Minnesota or completely Not wrapped together real tite.

I've been to almost every east coast state. North Carolina wins hands down, particularly the western part of the state.

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!

The Contenders
11 Oklahoma

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.

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...

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.

Oklahoma is hands down the most Friendliest state I have ever been to! The people are amazing, and are very genuine. I have been all over this country, and am always amazed and blown away at how friendly people are here.

12 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.

Every time I travel through Kansas or meet someone from the state, they are always so friendly. Have never encountered a rude individual from the Sunflower State.

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)?

The nicest people you will probably ever meet. I've lived there 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.

13 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-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 have lived here all my life, but recently moved to Nevada. Saw a DRASTIC change in manners, I miss how friendly Oregonians are.

People will go out their way to help you I'm from California and I appreciate the nice gestures.

14 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 2 months, Federal Way near Seattle, loved it, People were not overly friendly but cordial. Its cold in the winter, it is a very nice place though. I would like to try the eastern part of the state.

The most friendly! People in Seattle are friendly, they watch out for bad things, and it is really cool!

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!

Smart people with a smart elected government. They take care of each other.

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

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.

Everywhere in Virginia is Nice except for Northern Virginia especially Fairfax County(The largest county in the state >1.1 million people) Everyone in Fairfax county and the rest of the D.C. metro area are not friendly. The "North" officially starts in Fairfax county if you are referring to a "northern" personality.

16 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 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 1 state. Georgia is such a nice state

Never had a bad experience in Georgia. Love it! The people are lovely.

Georgia has the best people ever. They are "the bomb-diggidee". Everyone in Georgia is super smart and attractive. Shout out to my homies in the GA, love you peeps. Peace out.

17 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 here because everyone in this state are 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!

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.

18 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 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

19 Maine

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.

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

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

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. 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.

Everyone here is nice. Very down to earth.

21 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 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.

22 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.

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>

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.

Can be a nice place and some good people here. People drive crazy and they will hit you! Great place to visit but can't afford to live here.

Nope these people are the nicest I've ever met and people don't use Racist words here!. This should be on the nicest us State list.

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

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 mean, I'm from Wisconsin so I'm bound to vote for this. The people here are actally really nice and patriotic. People always say people up here are rough, but actally evryone 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

Why isn't Wisconsin on the top of this list because this awesome Midwestern state has the friendliest people in the whole wide universe.

24 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 to tourists at first, once you get to know them, they're very genuine and warm. 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

Sure, there's good old southern hospitality, but I'm surprised the "Aloha State" isn't on many lists. Hawaii is home to warm, friendly people, and if you look beyond the giant tourist industry, the locals are among the most welcoming people in the world.

Are you folks kidding me? You better count your votes again. Hawaii is so friendly and they're not even in the top 10? Something is wrong with this voting system.

25 South Dakota

Every one I have met in South Dakota has been very nice and won't judge you! I live in South Dakota myself and it is a very friendly state! Much respect!

South Dakota should be at the top, I'm from Minnesota, and I can't walk five feet without someone stopping me asking for a photo, or striking up a conversation with me. They are definitely not shy and very extreverted

South Dakota is an amazing state it is beautiful here come here in summer

People in South Dakota are very caring people and will go out of their way to help a stranger

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