Best U.S. States to Live In

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. ...read more.

Fremont is the Best! The only problems are drivers cost of living and the rude people. But that's why I like it. Texas is trash they're just jealous of Cali. San Fran is better than Austin, but Austin is getter better at least

They're not jealous of California, by the way. California was never the best state to live in, in these recent years, Idaho and Texas are the most popular states to move to.

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.

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

Los Angeles is so phoney, San Francisco is becoming a yuppie city, otherwise it's a fun state to live in.

2 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 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.

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

I live in Washington and it is so beautiful

Washington is beautiful!

3 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.

4 Texas Texas is a state in the Southern 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!

5 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 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?

Best state to retire in, but not to live in when you are in your mid 20s and plus, it depends where in Florida.

A state where Donald Trump won. Says all about the majority of people here.

I can never live here because my fear of hurricanes.

6 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

7 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 disasters.no 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

8 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!

GO ROT IN HELL, MASSACHUSETTS!
PENNSYLVANIA > MASSACHUSETTS

9 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

Vermont is awesome!

10 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 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

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

The PEOPLE HERE ARE SO CRUEL. THE SCHOOLS ARE 👎HORRID DON'T MOVE HERE

The Contenders

11 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 ...read more.

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

It's expensive and overrated. Avoid New York!

"expensive and overrated" describes about 1% of the state lol

12 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 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!

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

Great state to live in. Nice and peaceful. Not many rude people. Lots of fun stuff to do. Underrated.

It reminds me of my dog and I love my dog

13 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.
14 Maine

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

15 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.
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16 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.

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.

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!

17 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.
18 Virginia Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States.

It's absolutely great

19 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.

20 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.

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).

Minnesota, 16th?

Only one explanation.

Eagles Fans.

21 Oklahoma
22 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.

23 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.
24 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.

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

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

25 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.

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