Least Racist States In the U.S.

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.

I am originally from New York and moved to California in high school. I will say that California is probably the least racist state in America. This is based on a comparison to most of the states in the US. Racism does exist here, but it is not a prominent as in New York, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania (ooh ooh), Boston, Texas (thumbs down), Georgia, etc. The hate scale is rarely used here. It is true that most races have a good general respect and I must say that I have met a good number of people from diverse backgrounds who have a real sense of what the world should be like. We (Californians) do not necessarily tolerate ignorance in general. It's the opposite here. The people who talk prejudice are looked at like they are not normal... And it's probably because it shouldn't be. I have considered moving out of state because the exaggerated cost of homes and rents but... I know that there is no place like California. Trust me, race relations is a stressful thing to deal ...more

I have to agree highly with this one. California is probably one of the most ethnically diverse states in the U.S. The college I go to, which is Riverside University, is filled with people of different races, mostly white, black, Mexican, and Asian. Racism does exist, and I've seen many examples of it, but it's not common here. I'm also glad to see that so many young people here aren't hateful. They show others true respect, no matter what color their skin is. Some of my friends have racist parents, but they pay no mind to their bickering, and I deeply appreciate that. All the young people out here who have no intent on being prejudiced will definitely play a big part for the future for sunny southern Cali.

I have an Uncle who is married and who's lived in Orange County (Anaheim) since the mid-1960's. We are a mixed race family and his wife is white. He retired about 15 years ago as a chair of a department at a prominent university there. They love California, and raised their children there. While they've heard people express views that were a bit ignorant, it is rare and most people openly rebuke such ideas. My Uncle appears to be white, but lets everyone know he is mixed when race discussions come up. I've always wanted to live in California - advanced ideas regarding green living, culture, the arts, education, health and fitness in the forefront of every day life. No city is perfect I imagine, but I'm extremely tired of people who hate. No decent person should have to live near them or have their lives cheapened because of their lack of character.

California's diversity is astonishing. While our country tends to be seen as vastly diverse, it becomes very difficult to see that in the numbers. Where it is crystal clear, is when noticing the individual state. Yes, there are many states that lack the diversity people expect, but California never disappoints to grow in diversity. By 2014, Latinos overpassed whites in the overall population of California, and this diversity continues to increase as of 2016. Of course, like any other state, there are always going to be those racially intolerant people, but they do not represent the states entirety.

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

LEAST racist - so far I'd have to say no place I've been, or tried to get a job in, with my higher education and dark skin. That is my criteria. So I guess I'd have to vote for Hawaii on this one because even though I only visited my now-late-uncle there for a little while in the 80's, it seems that since dark-skinned Native Hawaiian Islanders/Pacific Islanders are the majority there and if it's true that they "hold all the cards" then that would make Hawaii the LEAST racist state for a dark-skinned Choctaw Indian with a higher education. Every other state I've been to or lived in or tried to get a job in, it seems, I get treated like "uneducated, "black" trash" when they see me and wind up not getting the job I came for and looked perfectly fine for on paper and even over the phone in the telephone interview - but when they see me, it's, "um, er, uh..." some lame excuse for something and then I never hear from them again.

In all fairness any poll asking people which is the ...more

LEAST racist state? As someone with brown skin and multiple higher education degrees, I haven't found one yet. Well... Maybe Hawaii. Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders look like me and if they really do "hold all the cards" there, then that would be my answer. I would say "New Mexico" but there's rampant racism against Native Americans there, and there too people treat this Choctaw Indian like "black" so, no, can't vote for New Mexico. The first state where I can go and NOT get treated like a race I'm not, and get and KEEP the job I'm qualified for based on my education, will get my vote. Notice that I use the FUTURE tense in that sentence... So from the time I've spent in Hawaii visiting my now-late uncle, I'll vote for Hawaii on this one.

As a Hawaiian, unfortunately, racism does occur here. If you are a person of color, you won't have a problem here. But oddly enough, people of the white descent are often bashed. Although it is not common, the locals are just sensitive to the history and tension we have to white people. It is mostly the lack of respect the two cultures have towards each other most of the time. In other words, if you're respectful, the locals will be too.

I am mixed and believe I look Hawaiian. It's the only place I was able to live in where I felt I belonged. I was stationed there in the military and had to leave to go to Ft. Meade, MD. Because I don't look black, I don't feel like I"m treated fairly here. The cast system is white, black, and then other. Even though I"m highly educated and an Air Force veteran, I've never been employed in Maryland. I've always tried to get a job near where I lived, but was always rejected. I eventually had to get a job in VA even though I had a Top Secret clearance.

3 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.

Generally speaking, the West is the least bigoted part of the country. Because of the need for self reliance in our wide open country, we have been taught to judge a man by his character, not his skin. Otherwise that man might leave your bigoted ass lying there after that bear attack! But we're all human so that means that there are plenty of dumbasses. I'm a Colorado native and I didn't see or experience true racism until I left Colorado for a life in the Army. No racism in the Army, because you'll get kicked out for that, but racism in places where I was stationed. I'll stay Out West, thank you very much, I prefer the company of someone with character rather than someone who simply looks like me but is a dumbass.

Denver is pretty tolerant. However, Rural Southern Colorado such as Fremont County is among the most racist places I have ever been. Canon City was a major center for the KKK for many years and still has a KKK presence underground in town. If you are not 100% white your entire identity will be whatever racial minority you happen to be. Also a monumentally homophobic area. Generally backward, bible thumping, ignorant area.

We can't really say "Colorado". We need to say "Northern Colorado" and then "Colorado".

"Northern Colorado" is as racist as it gets against Mexicans and Blacks. Asians are mostly okay. Others are half/half.

The rest of Colorado is much more diverse and tolerant, from my experience. It feels like a completely different state.

Basically: if it's got a lot of farmland, you'll not be welcomed.

How is this 4th? My husband are looking to move out of here because he's sick of racists. We live in Denver metro area. He stopped working Lyft and Uber because everyone needs to know WHY he is here and he's sick of the arrogance. He's left one job already for racism and currently has a new boss that tried to normalize the "n" word because he's foreign, but I'm not. Ya'll are confused saying this place isn't racist.

4 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 might be wrong, but I guess most people voted and commented here before the murder of George Floyd. It's true that police brutality happen almost everywhere across the country, with or without deaths, however that event became the most infamous of them all to the point of raising protests all around the world. This definitely isn't good for the North Star State's reputation.

I grew up in Elk River, a city of about 24,000 in the northern edge of the twin cities metro area. It was a decently diverse city, though still probably over 80% white. Growing up, racism was thought of as an urban legend that only actually existed in the rural deep south. We didn't even know racism was real as kids. There's some places In Minnesota I can assure you there is little to no racism - the entire twin cities area (where well over 3/5 of Minnesotans live), Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, Moorhead, and just about any of the bigger cities in Minnesota. But when you venture into the small towns in northern Minnesota (for example, Moose Lake, where I lived at one point), there are plenty of rural rednecks or hicks that can be very racist, not as much to black people as to Muslims, from what I've seen. But since so few Minnesotans live in these small communities, and much less are actually racist, Minnesota definitely belongs on the list of least racist states.

I'm in a mixed relationship. I'm white and my fiance is Black. He moved here from NC and has always commented on how mixed thus state is. Even groups of friends are mixed. We have rarely encountered outward racism. We have been cursed at by young men yelling F-U to us for no other reason than seeing a Black man with a White woman - but this has only happened twice in 5 years or so. Otherwise I haven't experienced much as a mixed couple. I will say that we are remembered a lot more, because we stand out a bit.

I grew up near Minneapolis and the Western suburbs in the 80's/90's. To call it idyllic would not be exaggerating. I rarely saw or heard racism. I never encountered any issues at all when living in uptown Mpls. However, MN is huge. I lived in 3 northern MN cities closer to Fargo, and than Mpls. in the early 2000's. I heard the "n" word regularly and unapologetically in public, as well as every other racial slur you thought was no longer used. The majority of MN outside the twin cities is rural, poor, undereducated, very white and very racist. Many (rural) people are proud of their racism and feel no shame. Their idea of racial sensitivity is to ask, "do you like racist jokes? "before they go ahead and tell you one regardless of your answer.

5 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.

I lived in New York most of my life and have seen people's lives destroyed because of racist legislative policies in regards to the courts and the police and their tactics. The poor and minorities are singled out for intimidation, harassment and abuse by law enforcement, especially if they happen to live in high crime neighborhoods. Most New Yorkers don't see color unless you are in their neighborhood, that is when color becomes an issue. The racism is systemic. It is not something anyone would admit to but it's reality is found in the lack of affordable quality housing, employment and education.

I've lived in 7 states and New York is probably the 2nd most racist of the 7 (#1 being Pennsylvania). Since minorities are often given preferential treatment under the law, there is a great deal of racism. For example, De Blasio, the mayor of NYC, recently proposed lowering the high school entrance requirements for members of the Black race and the Latino race, while keeping the same, higher standards for Whites, Asians, Indians, Native Americans and others. This creates undue tension amongst the races. People will know that Blacks and Latinos entered the school partially because of their race. Less people will hire Blacks and Latinos because the entrance standard for them is lower. As a Latino myself who went to one of these schools, I've already been, albeit jokingly, told that the fact that I went to one of these schools was sole because of my race and because the lower standards for my race meant that I didn't have to compete at the same level as Asians, Whites, Indians, etc. New ...more

While no state can claim complete racial harmony, it's true that most native New Yorkers simply don't care what race you are: problems arise from individuals mainly, and sometimes the less enlightened lump good in with bad. More problems arise from immigrants refusing to integrate: ignoring traffic/noise/overall consideration for others. They don't want to inconvenience themselves learning how to respect other culture's boundaries, which causes tension...

You never lived in the Deep south if you think New York is racist. Racism can be found anywhere but it is ingrained into the culture there. (Yes I have lived in both places) I was beaten in Texas as a child for being a "Damn Yankee" but treated well in Alabama when our car broke down. It comes down really to the individuals you come in contact with. I have met jerks in the North and South. Really, New York is not just the City and that is lost on many.

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

Sorry but Texas is the most backwards state in the U.S.A. Very racist, ultra religious fanatics, and totally ignore the poor and minorities whenever they can. Just look at the laws past in the year 2013 alone and you have to agree. The most uninsured population in the nation, and they do everything they can to prevent the population from getting health insurance or Medicaid. Dallas seems to be the most pretentious city, and segregated, more so than any other major metro area in Texas. San Antonio is the most diverse and friendly city. Just remember if you do come here, that this is the most conservative and religious state and is controlled by conservative politics and over reaching religious organizations. We will be moving as soon as possible!

One of the most conservative and at times racist States I have ever lived in. As a child in Killeen I was called many names including charcoal and burnt. As a teen when I started dating I was constantly getting harassed for dating outside of my race and as a bisexual I was made to feel uncomfortable when my partner was a female. I once had a store owner ask me and my girlfriend at the time to leave because we made her customers feel uncomfortable. San Antonio is also pretty conservative and I had received negative comments from people. Austin is one of the better part of Texas, I haven't encountered any crazy judgmental racist or overly conservative individuals there.

Someone wrote that austin is "they most accepting..." however austin is highly DIVIDED. Blacks on the east side and whites on the west, and hispanics? This came about during the "separate but equal" time and still exists today. When you accept, you eventually integrate. You will know this has happened when your city starts to look like the citizens in say, san francisco (I.E., blending of ethnicities). People marrying (or not) and choosing to have children with people from other races-- generally attracting others for who they are, not just what they look like. When the white darkens and the dark lightens, it's a sign of blending and tolerance. The times I've been in the south, including Texas, I see "white", "black," "hispanic/latin" and not a lot in between. Just an observation.

I see many comments on here about Texas from people who are not here. I have lived in both San Antonio and Houston, and traveled all over texas. TRUE Texans are accepting of people of color, and diversity of ideas. The hate for Texas is incredibly unwarranted. I work for the Texas state basketball team. When we get an out of state player, I often ask them how their race relation experience in Texas has been since they've moved here.
Many times they say that Texans are incredibly welcoming, especially compared to where they are from. we talk to everyone the same here, we don't do things just because we don't want to be seen as racist, we do it because it's just normal.
I've been to New York, Florida, Nevada and California, and I must say there was much more racial tension there than there is here. People think that we hold the same values as Pre civil rights and civil war south, but in many ways texas has left that well in the past.
Yes there is isolated racial incidents, but ...more

7 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.

Washington is probably the least racist state. For many decades it's been a mecca for mixed-race marriages; mixed-race couples and their children are safest and most accepted here. Racism is not tolerated here.

On the socially conservative rural East side of the state they hate, hate, hate the liberal urban West side of the state (split by the Cascade mountain range), and that includes hatred of the imaginary black "welfare queens" of Fox News lore that they imagine are swarming all over Seattle, but that doesn't translate to racism toward real black people they encounter personally on the East side.

I lived in Washington State from when I was a small child till I left for graduate school in my mid twenties. I am of Samoan-African American heritage and am PROUD of the state I am from. I do not think there is a place in this country where one could say racism does not exist. So I will not try and make that claim. In Tacoma for example, there was an event similar to that which occurred to 'Black Wall Street' in Tulsa Oklahoma, where Chinese-American's were forced out of their homes, murdered, and their business destroyed, all by white residents. And while most of that sentiment is in the past, it does linger. Like it does in the rest of the country. However, through the years racial relations and the incorporation of minority community influence have only improved. Once could reference the lives of Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, or Carlos Bulosan as examples of minority success during years plagued with racial strife in the rest of the country. Once could reference the influence and ...more

Seattle Washington is THE best place to raise a family. I was born and raised on the Eastside and have always been respected. I am Filippino American and I love living here. The people are awesome, so much diversity and it's just beautiful. I have three children and one goes to private school, she is well liked considering the school is not ethnically diverse. I have another daughter that goes to public school and she is also well liked and cared for by her teachers. I a have a little son who has made good friends with a neighbor's little son who lives up the street from me and that family is white. The neighborhood that I live in is predominantly whites with a few minorities sprinkled in and we get along GREAT! I would never want move from this state unless I'm going to move somewhere internationally like... Bali!

Washington is very diverse and a great place to live. I am probably not the greatest source considering I'm white, but more than half of my friends are of different ethnic groups. I took a trip to Louisiana one time, and I could not believe the separation in classes based off race. It was so obvious that it shocked me. In Washington, I have friends who are black, Mexican, Asian, etc, who have the same, if not better, benefits than I do. The amount of different religious and cultural groups are enormous. If you are tired of racism, come over and live in Washington.

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

Maryland is one of those states where racism is not tolerated. The police force here is somewhat biased and racist but this is all be cause of a lack of adequate training and just hiring the wrong people. I love Maryland and would say it is the ideal place to raise a family. Now, its an expensive state but you get what you pay for. Housing holds its value and there is generally an acceptance by all. I think the only divisions seen here are economic (financial). After visiting several states, I would agree that Maryland ought to be at the TOP as least racist state.

I agree, Maryland is a racial friendly state. Expecially for African American. Opportunities here are like no other in surrounding states. In some Maryland cities a white person can even see what it feels like to be a minority in a white world. For example: political billboards of colored skin faces, black superintendents that don't get chased away for being to "aggressive", financially secure professional blacks in a luxury car that was not bought with drug money, black business owners...there are more opportunities offered to minorities in this state.

Maryland is indeed friendly. I've lived in California Maryland for a few years but in Maryland close to 30 years. I've noticed however in California, racism exists and it's truly shocking. Minorities racist against minorities. In Maryland you will see some of the wealthiest African Americans in the U.S. overall you can't choose better when it comes to cultural awareness, job opportunities.. and much more..

This is a load of crap
I am white, and I get harassed by my black classmates because I bust my butt to get good grades and to be in AP classes and work to be the best I can. I get harassed because I take my own responsibility, and they believe that they are entitled to things. They actually told me that they are entitled to everything I get with my own hard work BECAUSE I am white and they are black.
Bunch of racists

9 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.

I have to strongly disagree. While the city of Boston and other Progressive and diverse cities surrounding are not racist. The state as a whole is still very racist. I grew up in Boston and as a kid never encountered any issues. As an adult, however, moving into several areas outside the city, the reaction to my African American husband and biracial children was complete opposite. Towns like Wilmington, Woburn, Canton, nice rural areas where you would want to raise your family, are all riddled with racism. We experienced it, so did our children in schools. Only people who have not lived outside of the Metro a Boston area can truly say this state is not racist.

The State of Massachusetts is in fact Racist... It has the kind of old Racism from Slavery that is well hidden for only brief periods and comes out when questioning Merits and Accomplishments... And then it is "Oh But you're Black, or you're not even white " as if you are Not suppose to Achieve due to Ethnic background... And there is the Assumption that you are on Welfare because of Ethnic background... I am a Doctor and I have gone through many years of Schooling and Dedication and I can Not ignore what I have seen and experienced, I choose to Tell it like it is and remain Honest...

I've lived in Mass since 1985. Yes, I'm an African American male. I'm shocked as seeing Mass as the no. 2 least racist state in the US. I would implore to all those who have contributed to this sample to walk a mile in my shoes. Just following the money and prosperity! Look at the hiring practices, the good jobs, the bonuses, raises. Look at the participation in prosperity. oh, look at the not only towns and communities that surround the the City of Boston, look at the city of Boston. I wonder if there's a Martin Luther King Blvd of Street here in-spite of him attaining his degree in Theology here? Got to love to survey... smile

From personal experience, I have been to most big cities in this country and have also visited a good amount of the surrounding areas. Growing up in Queens NY you'd be surprised how much racist sentiment still pervades there and even Manhattan. While I'm sure there are racists here in MA like everywhere, since I have moved here with my husband seven years ago to be near his family (I am black he is white) I have been lucky enough not to have encountered any racial intolerance toward myself or us as a couple. (Unbelievable compared to what I'm used to when I travel.) Overall people here like NY, are intense and in your face about the silliest things, but to their credit they really seem to not give a crap about color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

10 Vermont

Vermont is one of the least racist states in the continental United States. In my opinion, it could well be in the top 5. People are for the most part friendly and less "race-prejudice". People of diverse races mingle usually freely, despite the fact I consider most of this state country or rural. Well I am 100% Black, as "black as can be". I tell you that very rarely, did I even experience racism or racialism. This is in comparison to many states where I've been to. Perhaps it is also because historically Vermont
was one states in which did not take part in slavery. Many free Blacks or "free Negros" fled to states like Vermont in the 1800''s. I don't know, all I can say is that Vermont despite being the "Whitest" state in America or the second "Whitest", it is also one of the most racially tolerable. Oh well this is my experience in Vermont.

I am a brown immigrant (Middle Eastern) living in rural Vermont. It is one of the least racist places I've been in America. Initially I was surprised as the state is 97% white. People here work hard and everyone has treated us as equals. I have not heard any anti-Islamic or immigrant comments and feel almost no discrimination.

I have also interacted with several Vermont Blacks and they have the same opinion as me.

However, in one way I have found Vermonters may seem a bit racist - let me explain. Most of the blacks here are not multi-generational African Americans but African immigrants. In our rural community there are interactions with people from Africa (Ethiopia, Sudan, etc), but there is almost know interactions with African Americans from places like New York or Georgia. Due to this lack of interaction there is not much empathy for national African American causes. For this reason more liberal parts of the states might support BLM loudly while rural area's do not. ...more

I'm Mexican but I'm retiring I served my country The United States of America in the Army for 28 years I am proud of my race but I have only an American flag in my car and home. I was born in Chicago and love the snow so I want to take my Mexican wife and retire in Vermont it looks green and beautiful like the rolling country side of Germany. I hope the white people will accept me I love them and I work hard, I don't bother nobody and I don't drink my wife is now an American citizen and has graduated college working as an RDH, she's a good girl, Christian like me.

Extremely racist state. If you are white you will be welcomed with open arms. If you are any other color period you will experience systematic racism from employment (no matter how qualified you are for the job) to even checking out a library book.

Their "vehicle inspection" system is designed to weed out the "undesirables" by making cost of the repairs necessary to "pass" easily into the thousands. And since there is no adequate bussing system the commute necessary to make it to work is nigh impossible if you aren't a 9-5'er (see employment).

The Contenders
11 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.

Growing up in Utah, we had many different ethnicities and people from different backgrounds, from all over the world (South America, Africa, the islands, many parts of Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean). My own parents and grand parents who have been in this state forever would only address people by man or woman, boy or girl... The one who drives that truck, or the one who's in nursing school. Not by their ethnicity. It wasn't until I started hearing different languages that I realized there were some things that made us unique from one another. But even then, my classmates and my parents were all eager to understand the different ways people communicated with each other. I've been to 13 states, and lived in 5 and Utah was the last Racist of all of them and It really makes me want to go back.

I moved here in 1995 because I thought the people here would be good Christians. Yeah ~ they're not. I'm half Spanish and Australian and my husband was Danish, so my children are mixed. Some if the statement's that have been made are "get out of the way Mexican" (to my son in high school). A woman looked at my son and slammed down the lock on her car door. My son is olive skinned. I was put off by a statement that was made in the main church "marry within your own race". They refer to a park by me as taco park ~ what? There are so many instances I want to give but I haven't got the time. I work for the state and I hate it here. They treat everyone who's not caucasian like dirt Although they work very hard to get people to join their coven to get their tithing but will still treat you less than human which is really weird considering how rampant drug abuse and pedophilia is out here? I have four children and they either have completed college or are still in. But none are staying here ...more

Utah didn't strike me as racist. More isolationist. They hate anyone that isn't from there and treat you accordingly unless you're military.

12 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.

I live in MS along the coast. Too many want to keep the flag claiming its our heritage. I'm white and constantly say heritage is history, history is the past, the past should remain in the past. They celebrate Confederate Memorial Day which I believe attracts racist people. There was recently a protest by those who want the flag to remain, was live streamed and a white guy actually pulled out a pamphlet with KKK in hoods in it. Although I always say hi to whoever I met, so far I haven't had any issues with people of other race, infact, I have been experiencing respect, consideration, politeness and general kindness from people down here. However, with the new elected on I would definitely pass on MS since he has brought out all the racist people out into the open. Just takes a certain kind of persons to ruin the whole state and they are easy to pick out down here by their use of confederate flag, those who don't want to flag to change which would allow MS to move forward

Missouri is one of the racist states in the country. The county prosecutor is a racist who wasted our tax payer dollars during the Michael Brown case. There was no way that he was going to prosecute a white racist cop for shooting an unarmed teenager. He should not have wasted our time pretending that there would be justice for Michael Brown. This man does not have a since of humanity any where in his body. The Missouri justice system needs to be overhauled.

RACIST state in deed. My mother, and most of my family members are all from Mississippi. I visited there once when I was seventeen, I've never been back, hated it. But, if that doesn't convince you, do the research Mississippi Jail Lynchings of 1990's. (almost 140 years after slavery) and they're still getting away with lynching black people.

This is the most racist state out there. when I went there a white woman threatened to slap me across the face because I was standing too close to her. I am Jamaican, and in my Jamaican accent I said "come slap me den nuh! " that means come and slap me if you dare and she said oh I'm sorry you are Jamaican I laughed my ass off

13 New Hampshire

I moved to North Conway,NH from Vero Beach, Fl and I live in Fl my entire life. I haven't ran into any racial issues and I've been here 5 years. I now have a biracial child I am black and my partner is white we don't have any issues when we go out and about and everyone is very nice to my son and I. We are thinking about relocating though because there is just not enough diversity for us we don't won't our son to feel left out when he gets older and looks around.

14 Michigan

I am black, and live in Michigan. I have never experienced racism here. Do I stay away from Howell, Sterling heights, and Livingston County? Yes, but I've traveled to many other cities in Mi and never had an issue. I have African-American, Mexican, and Indian friends. The culture here is very diverse and people are very tolerant of both race and religion.

I seen both races go racists on each other. Here Black people can be really, really, racists I know I been the beneficiary of it many a time. They get away with it here big time!
I sure there are whites who are racists as well I see nit also.
A lot of races are racist here big time but it is more behind closed doors thing.

This state is very racist. I was born in Sterling Heights Michigan and I'm from a Syrian decent. I worked for U of M hospital in Ann Arbor and I just cannot believe how these people get away with it. The union is the worst out of any of them in the state. The East side of Michigan is filled with entitled individuals. They're also hypocritical. They claim diversity like no other but behind closed doors, you really don't want to know

I live in Western Michigan (Kalamazoo) but am not originally from here. Institutional racism here is alive, well and rampant, but outwardly people seem friendly.

I can't say that I have experienced much blatant racism here though, except in smaller pocket areas.

15 Tennessee

Grew up in Tennessee my whole life, I lived in Memphis in different areas ranging from Orange mound to a great house in East Memphis, as I got older. I have to say some of the things being posted about it are completely wrong. Number one Memphis is an awesome city that is over 70% minority, and of the 1 million black people in the state 600,000+ live in Memphis alone, so of course whoever said to give Memphis to Mississippi is a complete racist who probably lives in the all white hate filled Nashville, and prefers his/her upper crust white community. Outside some of the wealthier suburbs around Memphis, any POC would feel very comfortable in a city like this. Although Tennessee is the birthplace of the KKK in the major metropolitan areas there is very little resentment for people of different races, the smaller communities especially in the east Tennessee region are far more backwoods, but most of West Tennessee is a great area to live.

Tennesseans get along for the most part. If we could remove Memphis from Tennessee and give it to Mississippi, then our state would look much better. I am a true Tennessean all my life and I talk to everyone regardless of race and I've yet to have anyone tell me that I'm not White or Black enough to respect as a person. I always have friendly conversations with absolute strangers and most Tennesseans are just like me.

Very open minded state. Grew up in a very white part of the state however even as a young child my parents had no problems with friends of different races or dating. I know live in a community where I'm a very small minority among mostly black neighbors and have no racial tension or issues.

Very racist state. I'm 19 and I was adopted by a white family. Truthfully most people in the state are very rude and ignorant and my parents even lost friends for adopting me and my siblings

16 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.

Before I moved to California, I didn't live in big towns, but have visited them. Most of Saint Petersburg is full of black people. Most of Jacksonville is full of white. But I lived in Zephyrhills, a town hardly anybody has even heard of. It's very small, and doesn't even show up on the weather channel. In fact they don't show Zephyrhills at all on the television even on channels that report the news or weather because of how small it is, but when you look up Zephyrhills Florida or loom up Zephyrhills on a weather app, it will say it actually exists. Visiting other towns in the state of Florida, people would refuse to believe Zephyrhills is an actual town because of the Zephyrhills water that was also sold. I think since I lived in a town like this, it's why I didn't have to deal with racism at all. even after moving, I've never had a racist comment in my life about me. And that is actualIy true. I've never been criticized for any of my races. If you don't want racism in Florida, move ...more

Florida is a nightmare to black people. I have college digrees and professional one too but I have never been offered any jobs. I consider myself highly inteligent and hard working. Florida refuses to help my son with disability even though he's a citizen. Life has been very difficult for my family because my husband has to care for my son while I struggle to work as self employed Massage Therappist. I'm not alone, I have friends with college degrees too without the right job.

My experience is limited to Gainesville, Florida: a liberal college town. I'm Indian and have even dated white girls here. I have lots of white, black, Latin and Asian friends and haven't found even a single one of them to be even slightly racist.

Florida is a nightmare to black people. They simply don't hire black people even if you have multiple college degrees. They don't care for people with disability. The state is a different world altogether. I pray that they will change.

17 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.

I lived in Lawrence, Kansas for 2 years with my half Korean-half British friend (I'm black). We were treated with open arms and many of the locals were extremely kind to us. They'll go out there way to help you with directions and we were invited to many parties despite being probably the only two people of colour in our neighborhood. I can't speak for the whole state of course because I heard Kansas City is kinda segregated when it comes to race relations but overall I had a great experience

I lived in Kansas for almost 3 years. Very accepting place on the surface.. A real "village" feel where outsiders were accepted and welcomed in a very formal way especially in Kansas City and surrounding areas, but as you go farther the other direction, it's all white and anything non white is foreign and to not be associated with or trusted.. Just "get your gas and go" type feel.

I have lived in Kansas a total of 17 years, but I've lived all over the country. I find Kansans to be pleasant and friendly, but there is little or no depth to their "friendship" with you. They will greet you in church, but you never get beyond passing the time of day. Never hear from them outside curch.

I lived in Wichita for 13 years. Kansas gets my vote for nicest people. It take a while to break the ice but they are humanist first. They are religious people and race comes way down in their list. I loved living here, had tons of friends and dated a lot.

18 Nevada Nevada is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.

Been living in Vegas for fifteen years and the strip is full of everything but I'd go ahead and say that most racism in Vegas happens there as tourists bring it along with them. Locals tend to mind their own business and you will find every race living here. I was born in Los Angeles and I will go ahead and say that people were much more kept to their own races while I was living there there. In Vegas, when I started school here, I was surprised to see people of all different races getting along and if there were problems, race happened to be the least of them.

Grew up in Las Vegas. It's a melting pot. There's still a few old white people spewing dumb, but you're more likely to be pulled over for being a juggalo than just being black. The schools encourage positive diversity. I didn't see a whole lot of racism until I moved to Texas, now I'm overwhelmed with it.

Me again. Forgot to mention that I can't say anything about the rest of Nevada as most of my traveling is either to Arizona, California, or Utah. I can only speak for what it's been like in my experience here in Las Vegas.

Moved to carson city, nv from California and found this place the most racist.

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

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico U.S.A. I lived in NYC for 35 years. Never had a problem with racism. But, following my sons, I've been living in Pa for six years now. In the first apartment that I lived there was a crazy guy who in the beginning made our lives a horror and later the wanted to forcefully befriend us leaving sexually explicit notes on my door. In the world and apt. The owner was a Puerto Rican woman that stole c
My electricity for a year and a half. In my 3rd apt the drunks and junkies didn't let us sleep partying all night. In the 4th apt. The neighborhood bullies were calling my boy F... Ng Mexican and F.. Ng Niger. In my 5th apt. all the neighbors began to complain about us and the manager tried to make us leave but he got fired. Where I live in our 6th apartment, the superintendent pray on women that live alone and goes into the apartments when they are not home. I want to leave this town so bad. I even have heart problems on account of this. No ...more

I've lived in Pennsylvania for about six years now. I'm hispanic and honestly cannot recall ever being treated negatively. I worked as a bail bondsman for a few years and always felt welcomed into the court houses, and treated kindly by the staff and officers. I have a few friends that are police officers and have never felt disrespected by anyone on the force. I'm well educated and very respectful but assertive. I demand respect and I've always received it, as well as give it.

I'm from Alabama and of mixed race. I can say that there are more interracial couples in Philly than in Birmingham. A lot of others around me also agree that there's a relatively high percentage of interracial couples and friendships. However, the small town from Bama that I'm originally from has just as many if not more interracial relationships than Philly, but this probably is mainly because of the big drug problem we had in that town.

I lived in Central Pa for one year many years ago. We might have toughed it out as it was much cheaper than NY but as White people, we were not happy to listen to the way the "N" word was tossed around and accepted by other White people. I would not raise my (future) child(ren) in such a place. It's too bad people have to cut other people down to raise their self esteem. It's a beautiful area and last year I drove through again but no, you have to stop with the "N" business.

20 Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaƱa.

Lived here 3 yrs..I'm from the caribbean...never experienced an ounce of racism here in the 3 yrs I been here. My wife is white...never had any nastly looks or smart comments. Everyone here is very accommodating friendly. Yes Montana is predominantly white...there are a lot blacks I came across moving from TX and Cali, Colorado. I like it here...colder than I like but I cannot complain.

Well myself Asian, I see there no racist in Montana... Montana people are very friendly!

I went to Missoula to go visit the College. There were wonderful people there and no sign of racism.

21 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.

Oregon has a history of racism. Ingrained in the history, mind you. During my stint in Oregon, I didn't experience it. In fact, shopping and out-and-about businesses are fairly normal with very few exceptions that could just be one-offs. Plenty of authentic Mexican shops, plenty of Asian shops, etc. Compared to northern Colorado this is WAY more diverse.

It's more like...Oregon has a "bubble" and the people who haven't been anywhere else think that the state and the way they do things is perfect. So when you're an outsider, whether you're of color or not, there's this default rejection of whatever you have to say that's infuriating. Things where other states have long since abandoned them, Oregon happily embraces with a bear hug and refuses to let go despite your strong arguments. Then you're treated like a pariah for even suggesting changes.

The whole Full Service gas fiasco is a perfect example where even Washington isn't so stupid anymore.

Oregon State is one of The Most Racist States I have ever seen in my life. They are Not liberal unless you are referring to gay people and even then they are Not liberal enough to gays. This is a state of very nasty, disgusting Racist history when it was actually illegal for any minority of any class or ethnic background to enter into the state, and they abused the Indians already living within the state. The same Racism exist now in 2016 within the state of Oregon. This is Jim Crow masked with hidden Kkk sheets and the misuse of the word liberal. The state is not liberal at all. This is a very racist state of present day racism, bigotry and confederate flags supporting slavery. For the record I am a caucasian/ white male with a masters degree. I am originally from Switzerland and I believe all people should be treated equal and fair. This is not the state for fair and equal treatment. In fact it is the exact opposite.

I have lived in W. Oregon over 3 years and worked closely with hundreds of people. I have seen and heard subtle and outright racism from most native Oregonians here, even from the self-proclaimed fake, trendy, "hippies". Confusingly, though, they also seem to disapprove of white European countries! I heard an OSU graduate of communications one day say, "British people talk funny and have bad teeth, I am never going there! " Maybe they are simply clueless about everything that does not directly involve themselves and their city? Their arrogance and ignorance is the most disturbing. They don't think they are racist, therefore, they must not be. Like most WHITE people (calm down, I am mostly white), they seem to think they are qualified to decide what is offensive to races they neither belong to nor understand.

I just got back from Oregon on a seven day trip. I was surprised to see so many white people. I felt the racism the very first day but I ignored it because there were other people of color there and coming from California I was oblivious to racist looks or attitudes. But then I really felt it as I traveled from the north to the south. It wasn't an isolated feeling I felt it from one city to the next. We were six female Hispanic adults, all related, and we all have money. That didn't matter. I just felt we were not welcome and people were not friendly, at all. Other people I know have not had that same experience, therefore, I was open to vacationing. I will never go back due to the unfriendliness of about 99% of the people. There are Mexicans there in Oregon but they are hard to find. the last day we saw three protests in the streets that read "Impeach Obama'" "No Amnesty for Illegals'" and "Diversity is codeword for white genocide." I am so happy I did not see these protesters until ...more

22 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 can't speak for other cities, but Chicago is one of the most segregated, racist cities in the U.S. The city is essentially divided by north (good) and (south). The political corruption is so bad however, that they do everything in their power to conceal the true racial demographics and crime statistics in an effort to keep the tourism dollars coming in. The police are basically just holding the barricade that divides the south side from the north so it doesn't APPEAR to be such a bad city. Don't be fooled. The crime is much worse than what you see in the news, and the crime is a direct consequence of the racism and segregation.

Illinois is fabulous as they gave Americans like Obama a venue for black persons to be part of a family with all the world. All the world can be African American if they desire. What could be better than giving all the people of the world a way to be African in heritage? Illinois is a dream come true.

Southern Illinois touts their alleged southern pride. I grew up there years ago. Sad to say I feel it's a ruse. Sundowning in the past and overt racism in today's society. I'm embarrassed to have that area as my birthplace.

Being from the southern part of Il the town that I live in, Harrisburg has to be the most corrupt city in Il. From the top to the bottom a black man has no chance. There is only two blacks with city jobs population 9000 you tell me

23 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.

I went to Iowa (Des Moines) back in 2012-2014 and I loved it there and I'm an unattractive dark skinned girl. I actually met more rude ass black folks than I did white people. I did stick to myself because I'm very quiet but I always went to places by myself and I was always respected by both all race. I even got more numbers from guys here than my home state in MN lol. Drake University was okay, that school is more for uppity rich white people. But I have met some cool white people that was nice to me and my mom when I wasn't comfortable attending their college. The community outside of the college campus is more nicer and very diverse so I am shocked to see these comments because I might be going back to this state to raise my daughter who is biracial.

I'd agree about Racism in Iowa, if you're any color besides white- DAVENPORT Iowa is where you want to be. Not that there's anything to do there but the black population is 4x higher there than in the entire state. Its not that safe either. It might as well be the ghetto of Iowa. Its ok if you don't believe me. Especially
South of Locust-East Of Division-West of Eastern Ave

Many racists in Iowa. I'm from KCMO and never encountered racism until moving to Des Moines Iowa.

24 Maine

I have lived here in Maine my ENTIRE life and have never heard anyone say ANYTHING racist. In Maine it works like this; Hey man, lets go get a drink and get some lobster. There are A LOT of people that are black and A LOT of people that are white but I have NEVER heard a racist comment from ANYONE.

There are definitely racists in this state. If you are a minority, don't fall for the illusion thinking people here are accepting. Yeah, they won't say anything to you in front of your face because they are scared, but when they feel safe their true colors show. AVOID THIS PLACE! Plus, it's boring and there is nothing to do unless you like "huntin'" and playing with mud.

I mean, it's Maine. Come on. Grab a beer and come fishin. I don't care what color you are. Eat some lobster, hike a mountain, do some skiing, help your neighbor. That's it.

I've lived here all my life literally and never have I heard one racist word come out of anyone's mouth never ever I swear!

25 Idaho Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. Idaho is the 14th largest, the 39th most populous, and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 United States.

Very little diversity. I was born here and grew up in North Idaho. I am mixed race, adopted into white family (on a lie that I may be "little dark" as in Greek. The racism runs deep and subtle. For instance, the community of Hayden kicked out the white supremacists however, the general population hates blacks, Hispanic immigrants, Native Americans and groups of Asians. You really have to pay attention or you would not see the racism... At least until the 2008 election. All true colors showed then and just getting worse.

A states diversity has nothing to do with the peoples racial views. There were never too many people here of other races. Miss Idaho was black in times of segregation. Idaho is not too racist, and should be higher up on the list.

Idaho is a strange state when it comes to race, but no stranger than most the southern states in the USA.

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