Top 10 U.S. States with the Rudest People
I'm retired and have visited Florida in January and February for the last twenty years. I'm called a Snow Bird because I winter in Florida to avoid the snow. During my stays, I have encountered many very rude and pushy people, although a few were nice.
I asked one of the nice individuals why so many people are very rude and pushy in Florida. He explained that almost all Florida residents moved there from other states, bringing their bad habits with them. While this was a good explanation, it didn't ease my interactions with these rude and pushy individuals. Obviously, I don't winter in Florida for the friendly people.
I could give you fifty examples, but I'll limit myself to just one. Once, while shopping in a crowded, large Florida grocery store, I noticed a man in his 30s. He was driving his shopping cart like a race car, hastily throwing items into it, and bumping into other customers and carts. He never smiled or apologized to anyone, seeming solely focused on getting in and out of the store as quickly as possible.
New Jersey's motto should be "Liberty and prosperity, for those of us snobs who have everything catered to our whims." It's always seemed like only the snobs and white privileged residents of the state get any justice or healthy, safe, and comfortable living. Anyone else gets treated worse than dirt with no respect. A high majority of New Jersey citizens have no morals or common sense.
New Jerseyans carry a duffle bag full of rudeness and selfish behavior everywhere they go. They have no politeness to show other people coming in, so disrespectful.
New Jersey is the state where all the snobs from the northeastern part of the country gather and complain about the economic situation while doing nothing to help out the communities. How are you going to be a far-left person and not have enough common sense to see that you're the majority of the problem? It's like they're so oblivious to the fact that they're so full of themselves. New Jersey is such an ignorant place.
I have never been to Ohio, but almost everyone I have met from there is so arrogant and rude. I have met a large number of them because one of their main freeways leads directly to my state. They think they know more than anyone else and that they are better in every way than others around them. And I am white, so it's not a racist thing in my case.
As far as backstabbing goes, I once worked closely with a woman from Ohio that I initially thought was very nice. However, before too long, I found out that she was lying to me and our bosses. She was trying to set me up, pretending that I hadn't done some of the work she had (allegedly) given me! Thankfully, one of the doctors we worked for saw through her scheme and let me know. Because of that and many other negative experiences, I unfortunately keep my guard up whenever I meet someone from Ohio.
Oh my goodness, okay, so I would say most of Ohio does not fit this description. Most of Ohio is just farmland and schools. We have amazing education. However, it seems people put this aside and pride themselves on who can be the rudest person possible. I would say this is especially true in the big cities: the 3 C's - Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. The areas are extremely affluent, excluding some areas of Cleveland.
When it's the norm for everyone to have 2 million dollar houses and 4 cars, in order to stand out, people need to be rude. This is especially true for Columbus, considering that almost 1,000,000 people are crammed into a small area. Ohio sucks! Do not come here.
I have lived here my whole life and I love it. We have thick skin. No, we are not the nicest people. If you want nice, don't come here. We don't say hello to every person on the street - people are nuts, and we have enough of our own problems - and we don't play nice. If you do happen to get our attention, we are just going to make fun of you and belittle you. It's how we show love to one another. Some may not understand it, but that's how we are. If you don't like it, don't stay here.
No one asked you to come here, and if you are just going to whine about how "your" state is so much better than ours, by all means, go home! We don't want you here anyway. The fewer crybabies, the better.
I was born in Massachusetts, lived there for 33 years, and then spent 15 years on the road, living in 14 other states, including the first three on this list. Now, I'm back in Massachusetts. Compared to Georgia, Texas, or even California, the women in Massachusetts are so unattractive and rude it's unbelievable. I dated models from all these states, but you have to trade way down if you move here, to the point where you'll probably just go MGTOW.
A lot of women will act super nice one day and then huddle with all their friends, and then you get the cold shoulder forever. Attractive women are so rare in Massachusetts that any girl who is a 6 or better not only thinks she's too good for you, but will also act extremely offended if you don't assume she is too good for you. I literally have dated some of the most beautiful women I ever knew, but nothing is good enough for Massachusetts women.
Don't get me wrong: there are lots of beautiful and sweet women in Massachusetts, but they are from out of state, and eventually, the other girls will explain the deal to her: "If they all act rude, men will have nowhere to turn and will be forced to put up with them." Even if you make $200,000, middle-aged career waitresses will laugh at you as they get Tinder dates.
Never in my life have I seen such rude and hateful people. No one will talk to you in public, and good luck trying to engage someone in conversation. They will just brush you off. People will stare at you and make faces. Most people have their circle of friends, and that's about it.
You walk into a store, gas station, or anywhere, and if you get close to someone, they run off. Large crowds are also horrible because no one wears a mask, and even the police are anti-maskers there. Everyone is trying to run and avoid everyone else, creating a total madhouse. It is ultra-conservative, so people are very judgmental, and all of that. If you wear something that shows skin, people will run from you as if you're the plague. I've had a lady and a man tell me, "You're making us uncomfortable." I've seen people huffing and puffing, and it's not an exaggeration when they talk about the huff and puff. If you get near them, they literally huff and puff. It amazes me.
New Yorkers are awful. They can't drive, are super mean, aggressive, and have awful accents. New York City is just miserable. Upstate is way too cold and has a bad economy.
I live in New York State in the Capital Region area, including Schenectady, Albany, and Troy. I find that a lot of people here are shady and do things behind your back. They will backstab you in an instant. They are nice to your face, but when you're not looking, they demean you. They are highly judgmental control freaks, interfering with your happiness and well-being. They are impatient, disrespectful, have no boundaries, no respect for your space, and are consistently inconsistent. The environment here is chaotic, high-stress, and not peaceful at all. No one minds their own business here. Romance is terrible. You can't ever find a loyal partner. They are liars, quick to undermine you and to take away your freedom.
We've lived here for two years now and are seriously making plans to leave as soon as we can. We're in Upstate, north of Albany. The people are incredibly rude, standoffish, and unfriendly. They are incredibly narrow-minded and racist. Every day, I cannot help wondering why we moved here in the first place. When you're a tourist, everything looks great, but then, after a while, their true colors show. Plus, it's super expensive to live here. Don't move here, whatever you do. As soon as our son graduates next year, we're out of here. Anywhere would be better than Upstate New York. And they are the worst drivers I've ever driven around with.
Chicago people are not that nice. Chicago is pretty nasty, and the rest of the state is backward hicks who absolutely hate Chicago because Chicago holds most of the power of the state.
I moved from NYC to the suburbs of Illinois, and four years have passed in this place, with only work and no social life or friends. Why did I do that? There are absolutely no good reasons to live in Illinois. At least NYC is always awake and you can enjoy great food at any time of the day, with unbelievably good pizza, whether thin or deep-dished. Even the street vendors' food is delicious. NYC has plenty of entertainment, but there is absolutely zero in Illinois or Chicago. It's more expensive than NYC, with no customer service. The eateries are terrible, and the people are crazy, selfish, entitled, antisocial, judgmental, arrogant, rude, narcissistic, bigoted, opinionated, rural, ignorant, prejudiced, racist, obnoxious, and they drive as if they own the world. They never apologize or back off when wrong.
God forbid you get into a road altercation here. They'll call the cops on you, and the cops will actually show up at your door to harass you for why you've given someone the finger. Illinoisans are sheltered cry babies who feel entitled to everything. You shouldn't even try to defend yourself if they are attacking you. They'll insult you and laugh, and if you try to brush them off, they'll continue until they see you break down. Even then, they won't back down. Yeah, Illinoisans are tough, alright, but not for the right reasons.
It's an unbelievably bad place to raise a family, with bad nature and scenery, bad weather, bad crime, no manners, no culture, no values (only money and prestige), no morals, and a white trash-redneck closed-minded mentality!
Most everything said here is untrue, but the idea that Texas is downright rude is 100% accurate. I also tend to agree that it's mostly the transplants and not the natives. I don't think racism is a problem among Whites. However, many Mexicans think they're on a crusade to reclaim the American Southwest (Aztlan), and the Blacks here absolutely hate White people.
The drivers are terrible, more so than in other states. But the people are just rude and aggressive often for no reason at all. Lots of unhappy people. Property is cheap.
The vast majority of people in Central Texas take absolutely no concern for how their decisions will affect others. It's common practice for a group of Texans to carry on a conversation in the doorway of a grocery store. No one here is aware of his or her surroundings. People drive around at night or in the rain with their headlights off, or drive toward oncoming traffic with high beams on. They are just completely unconcerned for the well-being of other people.
Nevada is a gross ugly desert, full of mullets and brothel hoes. Vegas is nasty, super boring too, and suburban. Reno is a dump. The rest of the state is empty or has nasty towns.
I moved here from New Jersey, which is higher on the list. I thought no matter where I went, people would be nicer. Not here. I do believe a lot of the rudeness is driven by ignorant, privileged white people who have never left the state. Did I say ignorant? I meant stupid.
There are car accidents every single day, multiple times a day. They all just crash into each other. They complain about traffic caused by people moving here, but if you ask them, they have six children and fourteen grandchildren. They don't realize those are the people on the road. People here have no drive to do anything but get pregnant at 18. Gaudy trucks are everywhere. Everyone has a jet ski and an RV, and all the conversation is about guns. The evidence of small 'members' is everywhere here. Dumb little prick middle American wastes.
Like Kansas, people are conservative and wary of change and anything outside their norm. North Arkansas is pretty beautiful, but it's boring like the Midwest.
The law enforcement and other 'higher-ups' in Arkansas lack intelligence and are horribly unprofessional and rude. The mindset of many people in this state is very unfriendly. It's not just the people in charge, but a big majority of residents as well. Not sure how they get off on being bigots.
Most racists per capita, plus a crime rate way above the national average. Oh yeah, definitely such a great state with so many nice folks just out and about...not.
I can't agree more with what everyone else has said. Utah is a state of hypocrites. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am ashamed at the behavior of so many members in this state, which so obviously opposes our fundamental beliefs. People are awful, rude drivers who intentionally try to frustrate others on the road by tailgating and blocking others from turning. When you make eye contact with someone and smile, you will often get a scowl in return. Law enforcement officials are completely egotistical and cruel, as opposed to the usually well-meaning and affable ones that I have encountered in other states. I only ever visit this awful place to see family members.
The worst is being in customer service. Nobody likes working for free, and that happens all the time as a server. Nobody wants to chase your kids around in a store while they act like terrorists, destroying everything and running people over. If you come to visit Utah, make sure you lower your deductible before you come. My first visit here resulted in an accident, and the driver had no insurance. And don't mind the dirty looks you get if you don't have a kid in tow. If you don't have children, you must be trying to take someone else's, by the way they look at you.
Utah is a beautiful place to live, and I like it here, but I have yet to actually talk to more than four neighbors, and I have lived here for a year. Utah needs to change because as of right now, it is the rudest state on the west coast, and that is saying something because nobody likes a Californian.
If all the compliments in regards to Michigan are negative, the state must have a very low vibration. I don't think that people are being hypocritical by sharing their experiences. This is what this website is for, similar to Yelp.
While you do have a good point about the UP being "nice," that does not compensate for all the truthful comments about people not being kind. If 7 out of 8 people say the people in Michigan are generally not nice, this evidence is factual. Also, bias may be at play. Many of the commentators have traveled all over. Have you? You don't know if a state is truly rude unless you have something to compare it to.
My advice to you is to get out of the UP, explore the world, and come back to see if this 'hell on earth' is really authentically nice. There is a difference between telling the truth and being rude. Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing about your travels.
It looks like 90% of people agree that Michigan is rude. This is a known fact. Basic thinking will not expand the mind. Thus, the word provincial.
Oklahomans should probably get an educated reality check first and learn how to spell and sound out the most basic of words before they give anyone else an opinion of what they think, just saying. They're quick to judge around here.
There are quite rude people here that ignore you on the phone or pretend they are not listening. Terrible place to work and live, terribly hot and miserable. The food is gross and unhealthy, and they are some of the fattest people on earth, very rude. If you come from Sweden, you will think you are in a war zone.
I've noticed how this state complains more than they educate. They're not reasonable and lack common courtesy.
I have experiences in both Southern and Northern California. I met a lot of people with an attitude in both areas. Their attitude problem seems to come from having a globalist mindset. Many people living in California, whether they are White Americans, Black Americans, colored immigrants, or foreigners, are globalist-minded.
When people have a globalist mindset, they tend to think that everybody else is stupid or inferior, which makes them arrogant and rude. I perceived this type of unpleasant attitude from all kinds of people while I was in California. People are easygoing on the surface but are not very kind or respectful to other people nearby.
Some immigrants and foreigners are not helping or getting along with each other and act as white wannabes instead. They became the ass-kissers or the puppets of the globalist elites and are being cold and traitorous to their own people. It's really too bad because there are a lot of beautiful sceneries, nice weather, and good food in California, which I loved.
It's true that there are a lot of people with a horrible attitude here. I have lived in Connecticut for 41 years, and as a general contractor, I travel and work with many different people. The panhandle is horrible, and right up the middle isn't much better. I once read an article that said New Haven is one of the worst cities in the country, and that is 100% true. But the shoreline north of the Havens is actually very nice, as is the western side. I can also honestly say from experience that New York and New Jersey should top this list, closely followed by Massachusetts.
As someone who has spent many summers in Connecticut, I have met only a few people who have had the decency to say hello on the sidewalk when passing anywhere.
Connecticut is a strange state. It's small and tense, and you can't go anywhere without bumping into someone. It makes people territorial.
I find people have a surface politeness, and some are actually very nice. But you also have some really cranky, miserable people with stone faces. People here are very conformist and don't like variety in their homo sapiens.
In the small towns, all the rich women wear baseball caps and pink shirts and drive SUVs. It's a suburban thing, apparently. Pod people abound here.
In the more racially mixed cities, a lot of people are very angry, as Connecticut is a huge "white flight" state. Connecticut is slowly becoming more integrated, which is a positive.
It's not the worst state, and I don't think people are as abusive as is claimed, but I do think it's a highly secular, business-like region, and people are control freaks. Personally, I hate it and am leaving.
Indiana has a lot of rude, selfish, and problematic people. Since I've been here, I've noticed that people will be friendly to you if you're in a group that looks up to the ones they think so highly of. But God forbid you have common sense and not follow in their footsteps and act decently, because if you do, they'll treat you like they do the "Outsiders". They treat you as if you're a stranger and scowl at you.
This is one of the states I've been to that I wasn't very fond of. There are a lot of unfriendly and nasty people in Indiana. Also, I do not like the way they do things in that state or how they run the majority of it.
I am from the grand "Northern California," 43 years born and raised. Country living... UNTIL... movie stars moved in. Then followed six or seven-story high rises where I used to go catch frogs and pull off the legs of pollywogs. Riding my bike all over town, I had to be in before the street lights came on. As soon as the land was cluttered and started to look like LA, I was heartbroken. So, I packed up and moved to Indiana. Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire. It is SO BEAUTIFUL here. Why is everyone so angry?
Oh, I didn't realize that "The Good Ole Boys" was a real thing. Talk about straight-up ignorant and STUPID. Yeah, it still is slander. It's also bullies who grew up to just bully women. It's cool. Lawyers are catching on finally out here.
For those who voted for New York, you're only thinking of the stereotypes. I lived in both New York and Arizona. And I have to say, people from Arizona are a LOT more rude than in New York, even kids at my schools were extremely rude as well.
I've lived in AZ my whole life and yes, by far the worst place ever. People are full of themselves and think they are gods. Complete A-holes everywhere in this state.
I have traveled to almost every state in America. The nastiest people I have ever met live in Arizona!
I lived there, and the level of hatred towards immigrants is astounding. While people may appear nice and reserved on the outside, at first, I learned that it's only a facade, and what lies beneath is violent hate. I was physically assaulted simply because I'm an immigrant from Europe. My college mates, who were immigrants from various countries, were chased by a big group of neo-Nazis with chains while trying to walk to college. Multiple immigrants working at the nearby gas station were shot dead. My neighbor from Asia had his car pelted with rocks just for driving through a neighborhood. Both local whites and blacks were involved in these incidents.
People don't show their hatred upfront but suddenly become violent. It seems they're just waiting for a convenient moment. I was told that even if you're an American born and bred just 2 hours away, you'd never be accepted there.
Horrible place to live. I grew up there and was bullied terribly. I'm so glad I don't live there anymore. I've heard now it's nothing but crime and drugs. Growing up there was very hard. I even got picked on at the grocery store. I have very pale skin.
Everyone in Maryland is obsessed with tanning or spray tan, so if you're pale, they make fun of you or stare at you like you're an alien or something. I live in Florida now. The people are nicer, but there are a lot of stupid people and bad drivers. However, Maryland has to be the worst place I've ever lived.
I was outcast there too, and have no idea why. These were other Whites doing this, and I'm not gay or anything either. If they decide that you don't fit in, they will be very rude to you and ruin your existence so much that you feel that you've been banished from there.
I was only 5 when my parents moved us there for their jobs, and I was tormented from then until 17, when I got the hell away from those hostile, scornful, narrow-minded rednecks and snobs. Malicious lies about me persisted, but only if I knew the source could I have sued for slander.
I don't miss the ice on the ground in winter, as I took a few tumbles. Spring is lovely there, and the summer felt good, especially at night. Those were the only things I left behind. Too bad about the people! I could never fix that. And good thing I never tried to drive there.
Once I got far away from MD, I found many places where the people were tolerant, accepting, and even cordial, some even friendly and appreciative. Wild horses couldn't drag me back there, nor any amount of money. Bye-bye!
Really? People here are actually very nice outside of the Cary and Raleigh areas where all the snobs live. Yes, those people are rude, but the rest of the state? I mean, Charlotte and Asheville have some of the best people you'll ever meet, and the rural areas are no exception. I don't think it should be up this high, but alright.
The driving is usually a nightmare. People are backstabbing but then can't back anything up. They think "being nice" is a cover for trying to manipulate others. They'll lie and justify it to themselves, so it's not on their consciences. It's hilarious when you catch someone doing something wrong to you. They can never handle the heat.
North Carolina is a backstabbing state. It tries to act nice but talks so badly and lies about you. Their pride or ego justifies all their wrongs. It's a place where what they do is right, but if you do what they just did, it's wrong.
Even worse than people from Virginia are those from Pennsylvania. I have travelled the world over and have never met people more self-absorbed and oblivious to the existence or rights of others. Their inability to imagine life outside of themselves is most apparent in their driving. They drive 20-30 miles over the speed limit, change lanes without signaling or even looking, run stop signs, pull out of parking lots without stopping, and throw trash out of their cars.
Pennsylvania is so boring that its self-centered inhabitants feel the need to invade nearby states all summer long, quite like mosquitoes. You can always tell if Pennsylvanians have been in your state because they leave behind piles of litter and garbage. They're not fit to live in a world with other humans.
It's amazing how different attitudes are when you cross the Mason-Dixon Line. Sure, Maryland has its issues, but at least people there have the courtesy to be nice to your face. In contrast, everyone in southern Pennsylvania seems to have a perpetual chip on their shoulder. They are highly resistant to change, shunning anything that differs from their centuries-old traditions. They are some of the most stubborn individuals in the country, showing little warmth to outsiders, much like the French.
The bright spot of this state is, believe it or not, Pittsburgh. I've visited a few times, and the people have always been very nice to me and others. Although they are extremely proud of their sports teams, outside of the arenas, Pittsburgh ranks among the friendliest cities in the country in terms of friendliness.
Philadelphia also gets a bad reputation. The people there might be somewhat eccentric, but I wouldn't consider them mean unless sports are involved. Since the Eagles won the Super Bowl, there's been a noticeable improvement in their demeanor.
There's also a considerable amount of subtle, and sometimes blatant, racism in 'Pennsyltucky'. If Central Pennsylvania had a motto, it would probably be "I'm not racist, but..."
If you absolutely have to live in Pennsylvania, I'd recommend the Pittsburgh area. Otherwise, consider staying in upstate New York or non-DC Metro Maryland.
The only reason South Carolina is listed so high is that it is full of people who have moved here from Ohio, and they are proud to be from Ohio. There are "I heart SC" stickers with the heart replaced by the state of Ohio, and stickers that say "Ohio" with the "I" replaced by a palmetto tree. It seems like 1 out of every 5 cars has an Ohio license plate. Hence, the rudeness.
But those of us who have been here for generations are actually quite nice.
Most are hypocritical - they say they are against divorce, drinking, premarital sex, inequality, and drugs, but the reality is just the opposite. The Southern Baptists lead the pack in this regard. They elect incompetents, bozos, and liars: Mark Sanford, Henry McMaster, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Tom Rice, McElvaney, Nikki Haley. They are so corrupt they don't know a fact or the truth if it hit them in the balls.
All rude, selfish people. Terrible driving and road rage. I moved from PA to here. My husband is from the Midwest. We both have never encountered such rude people up north. No southern charm here. Any of it is fake.
Wisconsin has the most terrible, mean, bullying, hostile, and just pure evil people I have ever met! Road rage every day, and just awful. I am embarrassed to say this was my home state. I am moving and never coming back. I have traveled and lived in many places, and Wisconsin is the most evil.
Rudest people. Worst drivers. Very dumb. Don't walk at night because you may get killed by the many drunk drivers. Nothing is good about Wisconsin. All their food sucks. Even for a cheese state, they can't even make a decent pizza.
As a person from Wisconsin, I can safely say we are only friendly to people who are from outside of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. We hate each other and tend to swear at other people driving and accuse them of being FIBs (Illinois Bastards).
People on the east coast (and west coast) are not nice at all. People are very cold and not genuine. But on the east coast, they are more direct, which is nice, and confrontational.
Rhode Island has really bad drivers. Be careful driving in Providence because most of the bad drivers live there. Traffic is bad in the city of Providence, but everywhere else is fine. By the way, traffic is worse in the morning around 7 AM - 11 AM and 2 PM - 7 PM. The most annoying part of Rhode Island is the crappy roads. It's the worst in the country, which is sad for Rhode Island's reputation.
It's funny because we are rude! But who cares? We can all agree that New Yorkers are the rudest.
I have lived in three different regions in Middle to East Tennessee over the past ten years, and in all three places, I find most of the people to be viscerally rude. My most recent move was to Cookeville, where I bought a farm a year ago and hoped to finally set some roots and raise my kids. Less than a year later, I'm already looking to leave the state entirely.
Folks throw trash in my yard on a regular basis, are generally passive-aggressive, and lack any empathy. Good ole boys spend 80% of their income on booze and fuel and spend the whole weekend hot rodding while drunk well into the early morning hours. The police, or "the law," do nothing. The redneck pansies always have a friend riding shotgun, so they have someone to back them up when they inevitably initiate an unnecessary conflict with random strangers.
I travel a lot for a living and can say, although not as in your face as much as a place like Cambridge, MA, folks from Tennessee should absolutely rank near the top of the most unfriendly states.