Top 10 Most Important U.S. States

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

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

I think California deserves the top spot because it's the top in everything! Largest population, by far largest economy, produces the most food (so it could be self-dependent), 3rd most oil (this is a category where good old Texas wins), thousands of tourist attractions, city with 2nd largest population (Los Angeles) (New York beats Cali in this one, but I don't think one city decides if a state is the best), we have the entertainment industry (Hollywood and tons of major studios), Lake Tahoe, Silicon Vally, and, while this doesn't make it any better, I just want to point out we're getting the Olympics 2028 (L.A has had the majority of the U.S's Olympics), the Superbowl in 2022, part of the World Cup, and we have many World-Class Colleges. But even with all the good stuff of California, we are ONE country, so all of that stuff is really an achievement of the U.S as a whole, and all the states are good (except for a few that do literally nothing for the U.S).

California is so beautiful! We have beautiful cities like San Francisco, and Monterey. And also the beautiful. Valley, were most of the U.S food is produced, and the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, the wonderful Redwood Forest, Hollywood, the original Disneyland, clearly California is the most beautifulstate, and the most important, because without California, the U.S wouldn't be like it is.

A lot of people love to give California crap, but the truth is that California is a major necessity to the survival and success of the entire US. Without California, that 1) means the US loses it's biggest economic earner in the country, 2) loses the largest food production state in the country, 3) loses the 6th highest producer of oil in the country, and 4) suddenly makes the US extremely vulnerable due to now no longer being a massive boarder and means of defense against China and Russia. California is one of the few states that could become completely self reliant, and because it has the highest amount of ports and can take in the highest volume of cargo ships daily, means that without California, the US will also have a much harder time receiving resources that is needed from other countries as they can't just start forcing Oregon and Washington to pick up the slack when those two states can't even handle half the cargo California does.

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

New York is arguably the centre of the world. From the Revolutionary War and even before, New York has been the centre of trade and mixing of culture. The Dutch, Swedish, and English coexisted around New York, and the Founding Fathers originally worked from NYC. The Erie Canal was mostly in NY, and it was a major mode of transportation. The steamboat was originally developed in New York, NYC has all the banks and is the centre of the financial world. Many immigrants are in the USA, bringing the culture of the world together and mixing in a bit of our own, and New York especially does this.

Most people really ignore how far back NY really goes. From Welikia and New Amsterdam this place goes really far back. Seriously it was bought for so cheap and Native Americans were decieved and everyone just thinks about colonial times when really it was far more interesting when the Netherlands was in control. There was chaos and and a battle that had a 99% chance of happening but then a past second petition stopped it. Plus NY has literally one of the best harbors in the world. Not to forget the Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, and Empire State building. Also the perfect view a ton of people have from their windows in NYC of the city skyline-it's gorgeous

We brought you Wegmans, Kodak, Xerox, IBM, teddy bears, toilet paper, air conditioning, credit cards, Mr. Potato Head, hot dogs, and ATMs. We are one of the richest states, we are one of the largest, we have a huge city AND some nice countryside. We grow your apples and have a lot of military bases and some of the best schools. What does Cali give us? Movies and music, and the occasional tech stuff from companies that were influenced by IBM. We are also the only state with our own navy too.

It's a tough call between this, California, and Texas, but I have to go with New York. New York City is the most powerful city in the world, and Wall Street is the center of the global finance industry, and New York City itself is arguably the center of the entire global economy.

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

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

"I think Texas is the best for ten reasons. First, everything's bigger in Texas am I right? Second, they're accent is so funny, but tricky. Like 'mercia, y'all, and peoples. Peoples! Third, they have the best restaurants. Forth, all states are small except Alaska and what do you know? Texas! Fifth, if you were a homeschooler in Texas it was the best. You got to do whatever you wanted. No tests! Sixth, Texas allows guns. For some people guns are bad when a kid, because they could shoot someone. Yes, they could, but kids don't start with real guns. They have to practice first. Seventh, Texas's Flag it's a mini american flag! One star for only one state, at least one red stripe, and at least one white line. One everything! Eight, they don't have as (much) pollution as other states. Nine, the internet is better than most. It never breaks down. Ten, the final and best reason I'm from...


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

According to someone on YouTube, Texas has a good economy, and that the country relies on it on a number of occasions. Also, unlike New York and California, it truly shows that popularity is not important, especially when it is relays on a stronger state/province such as Texas. California and NY are extremely popular, but they're more overrated than how beloved they are. Texas on the other hand, is strong in terms of economy and obviously in terms of size and population. Because of it's oil industry, Texas has an economic reason for it important and famous nickname: "Lone star state". So for any Californians and New Yorkers, screw your state! POPULARITY can mess with the "LONE STAR STATE", but it'll never overcome TEXAS'S TRUE POWER!

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

History wise, Pennsylvania has played a pivotal role in just about everything that had to do with the USA.
Pennsylvania gave birth to this great nation, being home to its first capital, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution occurred here in Philadelphia. The War of 1812 occurred off the coast and the natural harbor Erie Pennsylvania held gave a strategic barrier between Canada and the US. Pennsylvania was an important player in the Civil War, as it occurred here the turning tide of the Civil War, and the repelling of the Confederacy. The first Slave Abolition Act was signed here. Oil was first discovered in Northwest Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania gave birth to the steel industry that built the infrastructure for all other cities.
Alternatively, Pennsylvania is home to over 21 Fortune 500 companies.
Education wise, Pennsylvania is home to highly credited Universities and colleges, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State ...more

America wouldn't even be a country without Pennsylvania! Anyone who's voting on California, seriously? California wouldn't even exist if it weren't for Pennsylvania. California Just has the most citizens, so so unfair. I could go on for days why Pennsylvania is the best, but I won't. It has incredibly rich history. And most of you hopefully learned about the Revolution? Pennsylvania appeared on the history books many many times. It was the meeting place for the Continental Congress. It was where the Declaration of Independence was signed, where the Constitution was written. It also supplied many important people. This should AT LEAST be second. I would understand if it was Massachusetts since it has Boston which is key to the Revolution, but without Boston it's nothing. Also Pennsylvania was the first capital of the US. It provided many great leaders in American History. It also has many great universities. Pennyslvania's all about liberty. People disregard PA so much, and it's ...more

America would still be under Britian's Rule if it weren't for Philadelphia. Pennsylvania has really rich history that is just so easily disregarded. William Penn was an incredible man and his colony deserves to be appreciated. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Pennsylvania! America would also never be as advanced as it is if it weren't for Pennsylvania. Both during colonial times and now. It also was the first capital of the USA! It provides many great colleges. And I'm surprised it's 4th! If it wasn't first, Massachusetts would be.

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

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

Historically it's the most important state. Today, its critically important for a number of reasons, including almost all internet traffic travels through the state; it houses the Pentagon, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, and many other government offices; Norfolk is the world's largest naval base and home to more than half of the U.S. carrier fleet; and it's the most beautiful state.

American History People! - Read your HISTORY and CONSTITUTION

Beginning and end of the Civil War.

First English Colony

End of the Revolutionary war.

A capital of a country - (Richmond) for 4 years cough cough... Confederacy.

Without Virginia - No Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Madison, Lee, I could go on but I'd be at this all day!

Would we even be a country without these men?

Naval Bases

Top 2 most wealthy counties in the country maybe even the world Loudoun, and Fairfax Counties.

Median income in Loudoun County per family is last I checked $120,000+
highest per family median income by county in U.S. - Take that Maryland!

With West Virginia which is slowly becoming "traditional Virginia" - Thanks NOVA!

I could include their history too, but I don't want to make the Virginia's too unbeatable compared to the lackluster Mississippian states that even think they could come close! - except you Massachusetts, ...more

Virginia is REALLY important not only in the past but today. The Internet Capital Of The World is here in Loudoun County! We also have the richest county in the USA (Loudoun County). This is also where america started! Some of the first settlements are here. *cough cough Jamestown*.

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

6 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.

Florida is a very important state in my opinion, as it has FOUR major cities. Dare I say, Florida should a least be fourth, as it is also home to the Kennedy Space Centere and has a GDP around the same as Texas, mostly from farming and tourism, so it has a lot less pollution than most US states, It also has been turning Green in recent years, and the GDP is still going up!

Florida should have a higher rank than Pennsylvania. So much more cultural diversity, agriculture, unique landscapes (everglades), big cities and top colleges in the country. Plus contains the country's oldest city; St. Agustine.

Florida is a great plast for tourist attractions. There are many beaches there. Lots of fun activities take place. Disney World, Seaworld, Universal Studios, Lego Land, Bucsh Gardens, and many more tourist attractions are there.

Native Floridian here and living in the central part of the state (not to far from most beaches), I can say I have been on vacation my entire life. Simply put, Florida is world renown.

7 Massachusetts Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England part of the northeastern region of the United States.

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

I was born there. A lot of people forget about Massachusetts outside of Boston but it has a beautiful culture. Historically, JFK, John Adams, his son, Calvin Coolidge, and perhaps George HW Bush was a president from Massachusetts.

Massachusetts is/was home to many important people. like, the Pilgrims, the Kennedy's and many more people who changed the country. Sometimes I feel like many people forgot about our tiny state here in New England, but many people still love to visit MA because you can get a little taste of everything. For example, if you stay t the coastline in Boston you can visit so many historic sites, You can also go on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod and have the best seafood you have ever tasted! If you go further west you can find many small family farms where you can pick fruits and vegetables of all kinds! The winters are pretty and snowy and the summers are warm and fun time to jump into your pool. Who does not like MA?

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

8 Illinois Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country.

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

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

They have great colleges and historical sites there. Go Abraham Lincoln!

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

Birthplace of McDonalds Franchise.

4th largest producer of corn.

9 Ohio Ohio is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

Produced the most steel, tires, glass, inventors, astronauts (as well as flight), presidents (7 presidents, tied with Virginia), important generals (Grant, Sheridan, Sherman).

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

Ummm... without Ohio's inventors there would be no light, no football, and no planes. As for history lets not forget 8 presidents the first man on the moon oh and Jessie James.

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

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

Maryland has one of the most influential roles in U.S history
Not only is the land that the most powerful city in the world from Maryland, but Maryland has had a major influence throughout the civil war, the cold war,and the civil rights movement. Baltimore was the wealthiest black majority city in the country for most of the US history. It was also where the national anthem was written and the largest port in the country before New York took over.
Now Maryland is the richest state in the Union, it's also one of the most educated.
NASA's first location is in Maryland and is now still it's most important research center. Maryland's public schools are also ranked the best in the country and the top 5 in the country are all in Maryland.
There's so many reasons but it would take forever to list

Allow me to make a list of a few reasons why Maryland is so important.

-Maryland holds the record for the bloodiest one day battle on American soil, Antietam
-Maryland school systems are ranked some of the most successful in all of the united states.
-Maryland is the origin state of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Wilkes Booth, Spiro T. Agnew, John Hopkins, and more.
-Would have led to a likely movement of the country's capital if Maryland had seceded from the union during the Civil War.
-Has the highest median income of any American state.
-Was the origin state of the Star Spangled Banner.
-Allowed Abraham Lincoln to almost end slavery two years before it was legally stopped.

That's just a small list. There are plenty more details that could have been listed, but simply researching the eighth smallest state by land mass, you may find some interesting information about the place.

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

We're America in Miniature, diverse in every way, border the state capital, we have Baltimore, the Chesapeake bay, soooo much history, many famous people were born here, we're the richest state, The Star Spangled Banner was written here, and we have great scenery. MARYLAND RULES!

The Contenders
11 New Jersey New Jersey is a state in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware.

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

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

New Jesery has a lot of good products and good economies. And I'm not trying to copy others but Newark International Airport is one of the busiest airports in America. Also, many important people were born in NJ

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

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.

Washington is the becoming more and more the gateway to Asia, which is emerging as an important block of of countries in world economics. The natural beauty of the state, temperature weather, diversity and great companies -- Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Boeing, Cosco, Amazon, Weyerhaeuser, REI and Westin Hotels & Resorts -- it is becoming more and more a great place to live, work and innovate. The state university system is a great value-add educational system also. With all of this, there is so much migration movement toward the great state of Washington.

I'm honestly surprised we aren't further up the list.
We export power and Water to Cali, we control most of the trade on the West Coast, Tech giants are moving more up here, and without us the feds wouldn't have the trade with the Asian countries.

Washington has really nice people and the population is amazing. The children's schools are 10/10 Most of all, fantastic view!

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

13 New Hampshire

A beautiful state. I have been living here and everything is FANTASTIC. Especially the people. And it is important both politically and historically. New Hampshire is very diverse politically. In south east you have conservative people but in Manchester you have liberal people. We have great senators and great governor. Historically it was in 13 colonies. Despite how small our state is, we have had many important historic figures there such as Levi Woodbury and perhaps Franklin Pierce. It has the lowest poverty ratings now. You should visit the state.

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

Massively important for the American tourism industry thanks to Las Vegas and Reno. Additionally, 78% of the US' gold is mined in Nevada; that's 5.4% of global gold production from one state! The Hoover Dam is also an important structure in Nevada, and let's not get started on Area 51

15 Louisiana

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

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

The state's location is at the mouth of the Mississippi River on the Gulf of Mexico. It's very favorable and has played a very important role in the state's development. Because of its location, Louisiana has the world's most busy port system and is one of the most important states for trading in the U.S.

Without Louisiana who knows if there could even be a United states. The state of Louisiana has the most important history. Like the Louisiana purchase. Louisiana is a huge part of history.

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

1. Delaware's nickname (besides the first state) is the Diamond state. Where did it get it from? Well Thomas Jefferson saw Delaware as a Jewel among the other states for its strategic location.

2. Delaware is a BIG attraction to companies! Over 1 million companies are incorporated in Delaware AND more than 66% of the fortune 500 companies are also incorporated here.

3. Delaware is home to the Dupont company. Dupont is the biggest chemical company in the WORLD. Delaware is also hoke to such companies like Hercules and AstraZeneca. Let me tell you something, in 1932 Dupont invented Nylon. Nylon was very useful for women at the time but later in ww2 Nylon was used to make glider tow ropes, aircraft fuel tanks, flak jackets, shoelaces, mosquito netting, hammocks, and parachutes. It's been called "the fiber that won the war" and also has been said that Nylon was the reason why the allies won ww2. Not to mention the American flag on the moon was made out of Nylon! Pretty cool ...more

Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution and on December 7, 1787, became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby becoming known as The First State. Delaware has TAX-FREE SHOPPING. That means 99-cent stores are FOR REAL! The University of Delaware was the first college in America to have a study abroad program. They went to France in 1923 by boat. In your face, World War I! So the next time someone asks you…

So the next time someone asks you... Dela where? You can be like, "DelaRightHere! '

Delaware should be number 1 it was the first state ever. But also Pennsylvania should be number 1 or 2 because come on they signed and made the first 13 colonies there plus hersheys choclates

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

17 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.

The first hospital I worked in was from was in Baudette in Minnesota. Many important figures like Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy was from there and it's DAMN COLD.

Minnesota should definitely be near the top because of it iron production along with it being one of the most important agricultural states. It is also the foundation for the us health care industry with the Mayo Clinic and united health care. It has many more fortune five hundred companies then a state it's size should and the Minneapolis area is the largest and most important city for hundreds of miles in every direction and the capital of the north.

Mayo Clinic SAVED MY LIFE, the Mall Of America is the largest mall in America, should be number 1,and the iron and the farming, there's so much more.

Duluth is a big port, travel route can go to all the lakes. The land of 10,000 lakes. Home of the Mississippi river. Home of Hockey. Most of the troops that went to Gettysburg from the north were minnesotians.

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

Arizona is an amazing state, though (in my own opinion) way too hot!

19 North Carolina North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

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

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

North Carolina is the the most important state with out north Carolina American my still be apart of England. And California and Teaxs didn't even existent when our country was made north Carolina did so they don't matter that much. North Carolina is 1!

Contributed the most during WW2 by giving more textiles than any other state. North Carolina also has Fort Bragg.

20 Michigan

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

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

There is no place like Michigan. The state has the lower peninsula which has diverse population and culture. On the other hand the upper peninsula of Michigan is quite preserved. Surrounded be untouched forests and fresh water coast line, it has plenty of resources and can be one of the most isolated peaceful places to be. As a Yooper myself I am a bit biased.

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

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

There's a reason we were the only state on the east coast to host the olympics...
Atlanta is the gateway to the south
Most musical legends and athletes come out of here. Home of the DAB!

Georgia is the state for travel and transportation. It's the hub of the south.

Atlanta (duh). World's busiest airport (Hartsfield Jackson). 4th busiest port in the US (savannah).

22 Colorado Colorado is a state in the United States encompassing most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.

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

Colorado is home to the Colorado River that Las Vegas and SoCal owe their very beings to. Also, the Rio Grande starts in Colorado and feeds Albuquerque, a lot of New Mexico's population, and Texas and Mexico.

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

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

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

The war stage of the Pacific, and an important stop for economic reasons.

24 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.

A beautiful state that contributes things such as Nike, also having historical importance with things such as the Oregon trail.

Beautiful nature and one of the cleanest greenest parts of the world!

This place is awesome

25 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.

The 7th largest output of manufacturing. The 2nd largest Agricultural State. Top ten in Best education. 2nd largest Renewable BTU (Billion) producer. Also, it is home to the Aston Kutcher, John Wayne, Shawn Johnson, and Lolo Jones. Progressive Iowa: was the first state to allow men and women to go to college together, First state to legalize medical marijuana, First mosque built, Third state to allow women to vote, Second state to allow full gay marriage, and the US Army held its first candidates class for African Americans in Des Moines, Iowa. so... Now who do you choose?

Don't forget the first to allow pigs to vote. The home of the redneck hall of fame... Heck yea Iowa is a great place

Iowa is important the state provides the U.S. with corn and it's nice a peaceful to me.

Iowa is so peaceful and is one of the most important food producing states

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