Best U.S. States to Live In

The Top Ten

1 California California

1. California
2. Oregon
3. New York
4. Texas
5. Florida
6. North Carolina
7. Illinois
8. Pennsylvania
9. Hawaii
10. Alabama

I love California because we live in our bubble away from the rest of the country's problems (racial tension). It's a beautiful place to live from our geography to our culture. There is always something fun to do in Los Angeles; you can go to the beach, go on a hike, go to Disneyland, go downtown, etc. Of course, there are some problems here, but what state doesn't have problems. Some bad things include traffic, pollution, extreme wealth inequality, homelessness, etc. I think that the pros outnumber the cons. California in general is a lot like how BoJack Horseman describes New York, it's a great place to visit if you're extremely wealthy.

It has all the fun stuff

I was born in California and lived there for 6 years after moving to Texas. California is a beautiful and great state, but it's WAY overpopulated and has so much traffic. I wouldn't want to live there again.

I lived there for four years, and every time you merge you just hope you aren't hit - SirSheep

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


Beautiful, but too far away and too expensive. Also a tourist trap.

3 Florida Florida

My Favourite YouTuber SuperMarioLogan Lives There

Say what you want, but I love my state.

I can never live here because my fear of hurricanes.

Florida as a travel destination (in the fall or winter)? Great! To live? OH HELL NO! Humidity and storms, worst education system, worst people (rednecks and old people), flat, lots of crime and poverty...who would want to live here?

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

Was born in North carolina, currently reside there, I've been to the line star state several times, and I can tell you, it's the best state in the union...With cities like Austin (fast growing and robust) and big players like San antonio, dallas, and Houston

I was born in California, lived there until I was six and moved to The Lone Star state. After 7 years I'm a die hard Texan and would never move away from the best state in America.

Best state in America!

I love Texas

5 Washington 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.

It's very rainy for the majority of the year in Western Washington, but there's many different areas in the state with different climates. It's very beautiful, and there are many great job opportunities. I wouldn't retire here because of the weather, but while working this is a perfect place - SirSheep

Yeah, this state

Washington is a great state for young people who don't mind about weather. This is a very productive state with enough attractions to make it fun, but not super fun. However since Iv'e been living here for a while, I do plan to move somewhere with better weather. Perhaps Florida. Like I said its meant for young people and older folks or people that don't want rain forever should move later on.

Washington is beautiful!

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

The economy here is good. I love our current mayor (well, he's republican, so what do you expect? )

Pennsylvania is good state that has no natural crime no bad stuff about Pennsylvania.only thing it is really cold.i lived here over 10 years and one year we had a really bad snow storm,but Pennsylvania should be at least second

7 New Hampshire New Hampshire

I grew up there and it's a beautiful state and helps kids explore nature.

I love New Hampshire so much. It's so beautiful and safe

8 Massachusetts 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.


Well, Massachusetts is wonderful, especially Boston. Just a few thing bothers me and one of those things is the cold. It is freezing whenever it gets cold and there is so much snow. I love the heat in Massachusetts though whenever it is hot and the scenery is beautiful. There are also many stores in Boston or on Newbury Street like Newbury Comics and some clothes stores and also cupcake stores. It is wonderful living in Massachusetts! - cadencr22

9 Vermont Vermont

I love Vermont I think that it is a really fun place to live especially in the fall

Should be higher nice small country feel good people what else can you ask for - donovanthorn

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

Georgia has inexpensive property, good education, nice geography, and has some pretty sweet vacation spots.

Georgia has all the different areas people like to live in such as big cities and country just a few miles away. It's got many attractions such as six flags over Georgia.It has low house cost and residents have great hospitality

The Contenders

11 Iowa 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.

Great economy, Jobs, and much more! Also, super safe and nice people! (It is not all corn that is just a stereotype)

Iowa is small, but holy cow the people are awesome. My buddy just moved up there and I spent a week checking out Des Moines. Surprisingly there is a lot to do all the time, lots of places to shop, and the people are really laid back and easy going. Twice we went to a local store and got invited to go party being new in town. Got to hang out with some really cool and fun folks. My buddy's neighborhood has no fences so all the kids run around like it was as safe as it was in 1950. Folks are very active and will sit out in their drive ways and drink beer while the kids play in the street. They sell hard liquor on displays at Walmart! Great place!

It reminds me of my dog and I love my dog

It is awesome

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12 New York New York

It's expensive and overrated. Avoid New York!

Yeah because after when I leave college, I will move to NYC

13 Maine Maine

I know I move a lot, I'm moving to Maine and it's beautiful, I love it - Swiftdawn

14 Minnesota 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.

Minnesota, 16th?

Only one explanation.

Eagles Fans. - Redmond

There is no way in the world we should be behind Wisconsin or Michigan, as people are moving to the Twin Cities from those places. And you'd seriously rather live in Louisiana or West Virginia? Minnesota should be way higher. The cities have pro sports, great theater and night life, well maintained parks and lakes, the summers and falls here are beautiful. The winter can be harsh but it's been getting warmer every year. We don't get the Hurricanes, rockslides, earthquakes, and natural disasters others get, just a tornado every now and then. Minnesota belongs in the top ten, really.

Let me go through some of the things about this state: Last 5 years it's been ranked top 2 for most literate states in the US, it is one of the healthiest states one that has one of he best education systems in the states, it's got the best hospital in he US, it's one of the most active, it has a low crime rate, ranked one of the best places to have a family, beautiful north country, and only around 5 million people.

The only thing bad about my state is the flag (which is very boring and also a bit racist). Minnesota had the highest S.A.T score in the USA in 2007 & has the 2nd highest life expectancy in the USA (after Hawaii, which anyone would assume would be #1).

15 Oregon 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.

It truly is a great place to live, mild winters and summers. People are friendly, I live in the southern part of the state with the ocean 2 hrs away and beautiful rivers with good fishing.

Beautiful coastline, most of the locals are quite friendly and nice, wonderful attractions and landscapes, great place to start a life! - evan_a_harvey

The landscape is just amazing. This T.V. show (forgot the name of it) is a 1-2 hour complication of the landscape. I got comfortable and watched the whole thing. The beaches are.. fun, I enjoyed it a lot, especially rock away beach. If you have family here, and looking for great people, great communities and beautiful landscape, Oregon is for you.

16 Utah 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.

Undoubtedly the most underrated. This state is extremely nice, respectful and hard working

It's the industrious and hard working state.

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

Nebraska is republican state and peaceful state a really good quiet state

A really nice, peaceful state. Kind of bare though.

19 Idaho 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.
20 Oklahoma Oklahoma
21 Kansas 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.
22 Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States.

Rhode Island is not a place to retire. The taxes are high. The Governor tried to lower the taxes on retirees but only if you are 65 years old or older. If you retired younger you have to pay the high tax rate. This is why we are looking to move to a state who are friendlier to retirees. Also the State is not business friendly. High taxes and fees. Most states surrounding

Rhode Island has the worst infrastructure and the taxes are exorbitant.

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

not so bad

It is a piece of crap

Who likes this state I only like Iowa


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

It's absolutely great - Swiftdawn

26 Indiana Indiana
27 Illinois 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.
28 Colorado 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.

After traveling to 46 states and living in 12, I can say that Colorado deserves to be much higher than this on the list

How is this 31, is bad to be 5 or higher (top 5

29 Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.
30 Alaska Alaska Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the Americas. The Canadian administrative divisions of British Columbia and Yukon border the state to the east; it has a maritime border with Russia to the west across the Bering Strait.

Alaska is an amazing state with a lot of scenery and beautiful national parks. It can get cold, and it is sparsely populated, but Anchorage and Fairbanks are amazing cities with great business opportunities. Alaska is the adventurer's dream.

31 North Carolina 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.

Very good place to live.

Asheville is a beautiful city - LizardKing99

32 Louisiana Louisiana

I live in southern Louisiana and I absolutely LOVE IT HERE

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

Las Vegas has the best casinos and hotels in the country! Also the vast desert landscape is magnificent. The sunset scenery of an open road against a red desert is incredible. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

34 Missouri Missouri Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states.
35 Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

If you like basketball and horses

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

Come here, cousin - MrGuyDudeMan

I will move there one day

37 West Virginia West Virginia
38 Montana Montana Montana is a state in the Western region of the United States. The state's name is derived from the Spanish word montaña.
39 New Jersey 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.

Jersey is one of the three wealthiest states. It has superior education. North Jersey is close to New York City. How bad could that be? South Jersey in near Philadelphia. That's not too shabby either. Not to mention that Jersey has beautiful suburban towns. Why do so many celebrities live in Bergen county? Then, there's the Jersey Shore! It extends from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Yep, Jersey's the greatest. There's no doubt about that! The people that mock it are just either jealous or morons!

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

3 words: NO SALES TAX

41 New Mexico New Mexico

And don't forget NM!

42 Michigan Michigan

I'm from there

First off Michigan should be in top 15 they have no natural disasters, it only gets cold here. Also we basically started car production. We have the Great Lakes and sleeping bear dunes which are beautiful. Plus Eminem,Anthony Kiedis, and floyed mayweather are from here

Great music scene in Michigan. Started great in the sixties and never stopped since.

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