Worst States In America

The Top Ten
1 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.

More like the most overhated state in America. I know it can be dirty, has lots of dangerous cities, and lots of rude and egotistical people. But if you look past all of the really populated places it's actually not that bad. It's shorelines are a great place to visit during the summer, has beautiful rural areas, Wawa, tomatoes, and the best pizza and bagels in the nation (in my opinion). Many people from different backgrounds populate the state and believe it or not most of the time are very friendly and helpful. Oh, and you don't have to pump your own gas! I wish people will see past the negatives of a state or country and expose the negatives of a generally well-received state.

The physical manifestation of hell itself on Earth. The 9/11 of states. Jersey Shore is a perfect representation of how New Jersey is. Everyone from this hell hole is a rude, arrogant, Italian douchebag who speaks fluent profanity. The turnpike is an absolute garbage-fest. Literally. There's trash and landfills everywhere. This state's nickname should really be changed from the Garden State to the Garbage State. To make matters worse, this state also has Newark, Camden, and Trenton, easily some of the worst cities in the entire country. New Jersey sucks. Do not go there. If you live in this state, get out, right now. Stay as far away from there as possible, because if you go there, even for one second, you die.

P.S. New York is heaven.

JDL too, 40 hate groups most in Bergen County and many neo-Nazi and reverse hate groups, ISIS and al Qaeda arrests, FBI Targets Hackensack schools to stop ISIS infiltration and videos (search Web), regular bomb threats to schools and Bergen County Court House against worst judges in US (leave schools out of it! ) corruption with 40 arrested including 3 mayors, several assistant mayors, 5 Rabbis and selling body parts, Bergen County police almost kill State Police officer who came to help people from them on State Highway on you tube. To be caught in the middle of all that hate is not a good place to be and it starts young in NJ schools. All those office posts 'it's such a nice place with nice schools' getting old. Chrsitie disliked *even more* than the last NJ Governors even though they set set historic lows in the polls. 80% think Christie doesn't care about them because the other 20% KNOW Christie doesn't care about them.

I live in New Jersey and I couldn't be happier living here. I honestly do not like California. But, New Jersey has just a great beaches as everyone thinks California has. I love going to the jersey shore. It's my happy place. And it's not just one big suburb, the reason everyone thinks so is because in north jersey, there is Hoboken, Newark, Bergen, etc. that's basically it. And some of the biggest name A in music started here. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Franki Valli, Southside Johnny, etc. We have a lot of great things here, but everyone always underestimates us for only a small part of the state. There is a reason why people call it the Garden State!

2 Mississippi Mississippi is a southern U.S. state with the Mississippi River to its west, the state of Alabama to its east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.

I don't live there but everyone knows it's terrible for a number of reasons including racism, high poverty and unemployment rates, low life expectancy and very low education level. Last but not least, it also gets a lot of natural disasters so... definitely not the best place to be born in the country.

Mississippi is weird. I'm not counting the racism, no. It's the state where a young Ray Stevens released a squirrel in a church and ended with everyone being amazed by the squirrel being a holy figure. Yep, like I said, Mississippi is weird.

Mississippi does not need to change their flag. Yes, racism is bad, but why can't we just put the past behind us? The majority of racism happened in the 1800s, and we are in the 2000s now! Why can't we just forget about that, instead of everyone labeling you "racist" for something that is nothing of the sort?

I moved here from up north and this has been the best place I have ever lived... Friendly people... Low taxes... Small school systems and cost of living is great. Lots of entertainment and site seeing in a short drive in any direction. Glad I made Mississippi my home.

3 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.

California is the worst state in the nation right now full of terrible and incompetent leadership that constantly fails and makes poorer citizens poorer and richer citizens richer. Awful weather always a drought or a wildfire and lots of homeless drug addicts and criminals and the state constantly is now losing people because the state is turning into Detroit. If you want good beaches Florida and South Carolina are far better than this dump ran and controlled by complete idiots. And all the cities are dirty and full of garbage even the famous Hollywood areas are full of trash and garbage.

Everything that is wrong with America is symbolized best by what happened to California. If you're a normal American, stay out or move out, because you're considered a second class citizen there. Illegal aliens (and other criminals) are coddled and given tens of thousands in welfare, taken from those who actually contribute to society. Political correctness is rampant. Cost of living is extreme and taxes are so high you might as well be living in a socialist dictatorship. California was once a great state, but today it is everything but great.

Not deserving of the spot. Yes, LA (particularly south-central LA) can be full of gangs, smog, traffic, and famous people, but I live in Orange, CA and love it. San Bernadino County isn't a desirable area, but Orange County sure is. Here in Orange, the schools are great, everyone here has kids, we're 15 minutes from Disney (and can hear the fireworks from our house), there is no smog, no gangs, no traffic, and no celebrities anywhere. It's a pretty unknown and small town, and in SoCal, the more unknown and small the better. We're close to the nice beaches, also. California has got everything...beaches, mountains, no humidity, etc. Stay away from Compton/south-central LA, and you'll do fine.

I had the misfortune of being born there and am always embarrassed when filling out a form having to put Southern Calif as my birthplace. Crime, gangs, smog, crowding, traffic, filthy and above all fake, phony, superficiality. On a recent walk in Santa Monica I had to walk in the street because a homeless shack covered the sidewalk. A local walking by said authorities don't run them off until deficating on sidewalk gets too bad. Latest test show 48% of Cal beaches are so polluted they are unsafe. F grades for Santa Monica #6, Marina del Ray #9. So how millions of people think living around celebrities, and all the wannabes, gazing out at grazitti, polluted skies and water, surround by crime, while being stuck in endless traffic shouldn't put this cesspool as #1 is beyond me. My family settled there in 1904 and a few are stuck in Calif otherwise nothing could get me to return for short visits. Let me finish by saying I've travelled extensively in all 50 states and around the world and ...more

4 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.

I understand how horrible Alabama can seem by people who were not born here, or only lived/visited for a short time. However, as someone who comes from a large family in rural Alabama, I can attest to the true nature of the state. There is a lot of racial tension, that is no lie, and we can seem dreadfully intolerant from an outside perspective, but I simply think that there is a fundamentally lifestyle here. People are polite, but you truly have to earn someone's trust here to receive the acceptance and inclusivity northerners like to say we lack. My immediate family is Catholic, while my relatives are mostly Baptist, yet we get along fine. I am an openly gay woman, but because my community knows me and what kind of a person I am, they treat me with the same dignity they would anyone else, while if I were a stranger, they would naturally be more suspicious of a different lifestyle. But if people here come to see who you really are and what values you hold, they will treat you like ...more

The southern tradition is rich in Alabama. Men still open doors for women, the senior citizens are treated with respect,
The children are taught manners like:Yes Sir & No Sir. We have mountains, The Gulf with gorgeous beaches, lots of wooded preserved forrestery, plenty of fresh rivers, lakes and streams. You can usually choose land to build on or apartments. Our interstates can connect you to anyplace you want to go. WE HAVE 2 GREAT FOOTBALL
TEAMS, AUBURN UNIVERSITY & THE UNIVERSITY OF Alabama! We love our sports & are great supporters of our teams.

Full of rednecks, racists, homophobes, bible thumpers, right wing nut jobs and uneducated trash that care more about football than anything else. Not to mention incredibly boring, nothing to see or do. Alabama is just like Mississippi, redneck, racist, right wing religious nuts.

If your a yankee and you don't care to live a moralistic lifestyle then stay away from here if you don't like the way things are, you been told for decades that we won't conform to your modern atrocious foreign ways of life so get over cry babies!

5 Arkansas Arkansas is a state located in the Southeastern region of the United States. Its name is of Siouan derivation, denoting the Quapaw Indians.

By far the worst state. Most racist state, highest divorce rate, most overweight state, worst public education, worst healthcare.

Arkansas is not the best place but definitely not the worse. If we could crack down the crime rate here and racism and create more jobs we good. Arkansas is extremely segregated you have a few city's here nothing but white people the law here is unfair and some of the officer and mayors are crooks you have to watch yourself here. Arkansas is a retirement home not the land of opportunities.

The people here are absolutely annoying and incredibly rude. the schools here are even worse though. they're more willing to pay for a football game than they are for actual educational supplies. teachers don't care for the kids either and usually get kids who are either well behaved, autistic, or kids who just have different opinions in general get in more trouble than the actual troublemakers. everyone acts like they're better than everything here. do not move here.

In Arkansas it's apparently socially acceptable to be disrespectful for no reason,support idiots/bad people, talk like a valley-girl, and overall be a disgrace to America

history says that this place has strong links to racism and the KKK

so it's pretty obvious this place is clearly the worst of America...

6 Louisiana

Name me one state worst then Lousiana in terms of living there, you can't. This state is a complete nightmare, crime and corruption is rampant, the climate repersents something out of Saudi Arabia, the education system is a joke. The only reason why I would say to go there is the food and New Oreleans, but that's it, really it anything else is pointless to travel in Louisisana. So yeah I'm pretty sure living here is pretty much like living in Venezulea

I have been born and raised in Louisiana for over 35 years. For all of the bad things that we have such as horrendous crime rates and terrible education and crooked police and politicians; No one could pay me to live anywhere else. If you don't like seasons and like hot, humid and sticky weather then this is the state for you. This past winter was the coldest ones we have had in decades and it snowed briefly 3 times and got to about 23 degrees and we didn't know what to do with ourselves. No one went to work or school...very funny! The up side is that if you like to have a good time then come on down. We have festivals year round, great food, great people and after all it's sportsman's paradise. And, not to mention Mardi Gras for 2 weeks out of the year. I could not see myself living anywhere else. Louisiana is the only state for me

Why does everyone stereotype Louisiana as a bad state?! I live in Louisiana! What's wrong with praying? Not all of us pray every few minutes! The only bad places in Louisiana I've been to is Monroe Street and Bourbon Street! I'm only eleven, but at least I'm smart enough to know Louisiana is not a bad state in most places! I know more about Louisiana now than some people will know in their life!

Louisiana should be way below Kansas and West Virginia. It's not bad enough to make the top ten, but it still kinda blows. I would put it at 12. Although New Orleans is cool and all and the food is absolutely delicious, it doesn't make up for the dirty crazy backwater swamp people that pray to Jesus every few minutes.

7 West Virginia West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, ...read more.

West Virginia's environment is cool, there are tons of hiking trails and forests, however, the towns are absolute hellholes. Very poor, in fact. WV is one of the poorest states in the nation, tons of meth problems, nothing to do, coal is one of the only resources, which is bad for the environment, rednecks everywhere (most are friendly, some are not.), and the only source of pride is... high school football. Pathetic. The schools are no better, as well. If you want beautiful and smart, I suggest Vermont or Colorado.

A Beautiful State, however, jobs are scarce and a lot of those working have to deal with uneducated people in management positions. There is also a, 'You will do it or your replacement will' mentality. The pay scale is also low in West Virginia creating more poverty and working poor. Education is hampered due to cost and the taxes on small business is horrible.

This should be #4, right below Kansas. The only reason this place has an edge above Kansas is the nice mountainous scenery, but besides that, this place is awful. A bunch of backwards hicks each other's cousins and poverty runs rampant. Education might as well be 5*2=52 and that Evolution doesn't exist.

I live in West Virginia, and it's even worse than you hear. It's a wasteland, with poverty, depression, and nothing to do. People are quiet, and not engaging. I'm leaving, because this place causes me hardcore anxiety and depression. :(

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.

High taxes, Taxes on taxes. Strict gun legislation that doesn't work. Including the FOID card. Poor roads and bridges. A lack of down state representation. High crime and run down cities. High gas prices. Poorly managed parks. A state that can't pay its bills. Nursing homes and medical providers are needing to be paid. The list is is endless.

I agree that Illinois is the worst state in US history. Did you know that more people are leaving Illinois than any other state? It has lost residents to almost every other state in the nation. My son, who recently turned 16, says he will never live in Illinois or step on Illinois soil, and I don't blame him. High taxes, crime, unionism, that is why Illinois is losing more residents than it is gaining. I don't mean to make anyone angry, but I think Illinois needs help so it can be a better state than it already is today. It keeps getting Democrat leaders, and people need to stop voting for Democrats to run the state and the nation. Illinois residents are number one in desire to flee the state. It is the second most hated state in the nation, and more people say it absolutely SUCKS living there than any other state in the nation. Hey, I'm sure glad I don't live in Illinois. We live in Texas, but we will be moving back to Colorado, our old home state, on July 1st, 2017. So, Illinois is ...more

I'm a city of Chicago lifer that is working on an exit plan out of Illinois. Chicago Public Schools are not an option, absolutely awful. We have the second highest property tax in the nation, horrific crime, and oppressive taxes. We're taxed per bag in the grocery store, taxed for soda & water, our sales tax is %10.25 (12.25% downtown). Get this, we have this thing called a "city sticker" for our automobiles. It costs $125 for a sticker, another city sticker is needed in some areas of the city as well. We're so used to it that we forget it's a pointless tax not just a "sticker". Supposedly the huge amounts of money go to the streets. You should see our streets! Roads in Afghanistan are better. I'm not a political guy, honestly, independent, middle of the road dude all the way. Liberal Democrats have destroyed Illinois. They deny it but here's the facts. Chicago has been far left Democrat for 80 plus years, Cook County (largest by far in IL) has been that way for 50 plus years and our ...more

I am on my way out after I finish school in May. A lot of people I know are at least entertaining the idea of leaving. Why pay such high taxes in every category only to receive nothing in return? The debt they racked up is insane. Currently (January, 2017) the state pays about 20% of all tax income received towards interest on debt. Also Illinois no has longer the 5th largest population. Mostly due to population decline we are now 6th largest. The companies and their jobs are leaving and the people are going with them.

Besides the government there just isn't much to do here that doesn't involve drinking or music. There are a few live shows going on but most of them are low budget plays starring a bunch of nobodies. All of which get boring fast. Outside of Chicago is mostly flat corn fields and straight roads. No real beaches, mountains or exciting wilderness. A lot of people in Illinois are very sedentary and fairly overweight. Somewhere near the middle of the road when it ...more

9 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.

Honestly this is my favourite state, for the exact reassons people hate it. It's sparsely populated, which means les pollution and idiots around town. Not to mention Yellowstone. It all just seems like an introvert's biggest drea,

Wyoming means in Jibberish: No state here. I have cousins who live here and they are the only people within 7 miles! My mom had me here and moved to Colorado (a GOOD state to live in) because she thought it would be horrendous to be in a classroom of 4 people.

The absolutely most miserable place in America. I have lived in 7 states and Wyoming has the least to offer. Pretty vistas get old after awhile, especially in freezing temps and mean spirited people.

Take it off #1! Wyoming is absolutely gorgeous and hospitable! Fresh air and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

10 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.

New York in itself is a good state, but the city itself has a ton of problems. It's way too overpopulated, there's a ton of pollution, the views get a bit tiring after a while, and the New Year's celebrations in Times Square get worse as time goes on. Remember the good New Year's celebrations, like the ones in 1989, 1999 and 2008? Those were fantastic. And that there's a ton of stereotypical liberals in the city, like hipsters, SJWs and extreme BLM supporters. Even I'm a liberal and I don't act like that. Upstate is more conservative, but the whole part of the state is beautiful. I went to the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes areas and it made my day. But the cities in upstate are terrible, like Albany. I would probably just stay in a small country town or a farm upstate, thank you very much.

Horrendously overrated? Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Coney Island, etc are boring. Yeah right.
Terrible education system? Really? The schools in NY are great, and there are many Ivy League universities.
Awful people? Please, you're probably just living in a trailer in Alabama, watching the Jerry Springer show and asking for a coke when you mean Mountain Dew (IT'S SODA, dammit! ). people here have actual hygiene, something the Deep South lacks. I can tell you're from the south, because they hate us northerners.
Absurdly high crime rates? Then why do I live somewhere completely safe? Hell, I don't even feel threatened walking around NYC. No police? Please.
It is the cultural capital of the US. You will never find a city with more cultures.
Size of the cockroaches? I think you mean Florida...

I'm from New York, and everything there is horrendously overrated or downright terrible. It's overpriced, overcrowded, crammed with the most awful people, terrible education system, absurdly high crime rates with no gun freedoms or decent police force, a culture of status and ignorance, corrupt government and law enforcement, I could write a book listing all the reasons New York sucks. Smug New Yorkers think that NYC is the cultural capital of the world, however there is literally nothing exclusive to NYC other than the size of the cockroaches.

NY State is 54k square miles... why do so many imbeciles think it's just NYC? Its not. The largest national park in America (Adirondacks), the Catskills, Niagara Falls, Gorgeous Autumns in wonderful, clean, safe towns all across the state, among the best educational systems in America (and the world), awesome athletics programs...etc., etc.,. I just don't understand why people forget all about probably the most beautiful state in the union...and just complain about NYC. While I agree that NYC is a disgusting place (was born and raised there), overpriced and not very safe, it still has a lot to offer as far as sites, food, museums, etc. Anyhow, America is awesome, straight across the board and it will be MUCH BETTER in the future when liberalist radicals have finally shut up and stopped complaining about everything. Peace.

The Contenders
11 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.

You people who are saying people in Kansas are idiots, that it's boring, that there are tons of tornadoes, and that it has the smallest population are wrong. I live in Kansas and am here to inform you of a few things. First of all, I don't know why other people think that we are all so stupid. Don't get me wrong, a lot of people in Kansas are stupid. But not everyone, not even close. And that you want everyone in Kansas to DIE? That's really hurtful to some people, you know. I'm 13, and there are plenty of other kids on this website. So, watch it. Also, if you think it's boring, then you should know that all states can be very boring, which you may already. If you think Kansas is boring, spend some more time in Kansas. There really are some really cool things here. The sky is beautiful. Also, for those of you who said all their is are tornadoes in Kansas, people are dying left and right, then you are a huge fool. There really aren't many tornadoes, and seldom people die. The only ...more

No offense to people from Kansas, but... this is where the headquarters for Westboro Baptist Church is located. In the capital. Kind of like how the KKK calls the cities of West Virginia home.

I live here and anymore I really just don't like it here. Can't move because I don't male enough money to save for moving expenses or a new place. I can't even afford healthcare in this state and I have insurance. On top of that they raised income taxes on everyone! My family is going to lose around $870 this year PLUS another 4.9% for all earnings over $30,000 on top of that! Because our state government doesn't know how to budget!

I want out if this state the first chance I get.

This should be at # 3 or something. First, this state is absolutely boring. Driving through this state, I would've rather played a game on my phone than look at the flat boring scenery that is the landscape. Besides that, the infrastructure is underdeveloped, Wichita cannot even be called a city, and the politics are overtly conservative. Can't be worse than Alabama, but it needs to be in the top ten.

12 New Mexico

Ranked as 47th worst state for business, 20% poverty rate, one of the most dangerous states in the country, has ranked 49th or 50th for child welfare for years, second highest heroin overdose rate in the country, in the bottom five states for education, the Albuquerque "International" Airport only has direct flights to 23 cities, police departments at the city, county and state levels have trouble filling their ranks, unemployment went from 6.2% in October of 2014 to 6.8% in October of 2015 while the rest of the country recovers, lost 11,500 in population in 2014, filled with stupid people who elected Susana Martinez twice. Mother Jones did a story on her a couple years ago entitled "Is Governor Susana Martinez the next Sarah Palin? " Unbelievably corrupt but it never makes the national news because only 2 million people live here and that's shrinking. It's the second worst managed state in the country. The secretary of state just resigned because she spent campaign money at various ...more

To the first person to post. You're relaying info from Mother Jones? Pal you need to find a better place to get informed. As a fair minded journalism buff without a political agenda here's some places to avoid...NPR, Mother Jones, NYT, Washington Post, Salon, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Yahoo and Google news. I could give you 50 more. Those are the biggies.

I live here and it still sucks. Nicknamed "Land of Entrapment" for a reason. Only good thing to come out of it is Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Hot air balloons just aren't that exciting.

If some of the land in the state is that worthless to the point where USA tests it on the land, it isn't a good sign but I'm sure it's not all that bad there.

13 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.

High unemployment.

VERY High crime and lots of drug use: meth, prescription pills, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, flakka (or however you spell it) etc.
People you'd never imagine having any involvement with drugs are involved in them.
LOTS of residential burglaries, robberies, and shootings. Everyone not only needs to have alarm systems but their front door frames reinforced to keep drug addicted burglars from trying to kick open their doors. Locking your door just isn't enough.

More mosquitoes, roaches, snakes, alligators, sharks, coyotes, etc. than other states.

The weather in Florida is ATROCIOUS. ANYONE who thinks Florida has "nice weather" doesn't live here and hasn't been here when it wasn't winter.
Yeah, Florida has "nice weather for about one or two months out the year during late fall and early winter. For well over half the year, from mid to late March to mid to late NOVEMBER, Florida is painfully and unbearably hot and ...more

Criminal, corrupt, terror, 100 times worse than fascist Nazis, 100 times worse than Stalinist police state, 100 times worse than 1984, 100 times worse than Hunger Games whenever can get away with it - and that's just your boss! This isn't pre-civil war! New Jersey sends people to kill Floridians in both North and South Florida. Actually those killers are already in Florida including the 1/2 from New Jersey that are so bad can't stay there. New York's worst --goes to New Jersey's worst --goes to Florida. They don't like that in North Florida. Not just corrupt NJ Senator Menendez or the NJ Menendez brothers who moved to Beverly Hills. A few other snowbirds just want warmer weather and now Florida is just South New Jersey when North and Central New Jersey didn't have room for them and terrorized them out.

In the future Florida goes sea level rise in miami reason why?
-Roads are covered by waters
-Many traffic cannot drives into water because of sea level rise in 2030 or 2100
-Many people will leave florida because of sea level rise
-Trying to rid off waters and wont work (needs to fix again)
-Everybody got wet because of sea level rise!

Okay if the Florida was covered by oceans than If need to upgrade and reopening?!
-Needs to build bridge road or highway in future
-Will make floating buildings or cabins and houses
-Reopening in Florida after building bridges with road or floating buildings or houses
-Getting rid off the waters!

Seriously, why isn't this state #1!?

I've only ever had 2 friends down here...One male and one female. Just about everyone else who's ever met me has either threatened me with bodily harm, yelled at me, tugged me away from other people I was trying to speak to, or quite simply blocked me on social networks.

Even my damnable neighbors hate our guts! (-_-) The old bag, Sarah, across the street won't even acknowledge me! My next-door "neighbors", Michael and Jamie (Both guys) are hella-suspicious of me. And Michael could actually be stealing some of the electrical power from our house! And by the way, it's a duplex we live in.

If you're considering a move to Florida, stay the hell away from here! Just about everyone is a hateful, Trump-supporter. They can be so hostile, they act like they're on some kind of drugs, like henbane!

...At least this appears to be the case for South Florida, at any rate.

14 Kentucky Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States.

I'd like to say New Jersey or Ohio, I have some personal reasons (and historical excuses) to low-grade Michigan ... Kentucky isn't just another southern state, it's the rotten heart of America. I do not hate it the way I don't dis or disrespect any State. I've been through the South and New England, and some of it needs much work. Kentucky seems impoverished, isolated, economically stuck in the 50s/60s, and isolated from growth and "capitalism". We need like a new deal or massive market boom to improve/build up this place. It's a state of decay. California is pretty bad too for totally separate reasons.

Me at the Kentucky Derby:

Announcer: This horse is taking the lead! Another one is taking the lead! A jockey got bucked off!

Me: OK, we get it.

Because the people of Kentucky are beyond stupid and continue to vote for a traitor like Moscow Mitch McConnell who has done nothing for Kentucky for almost the past 40 years along with Louisville Police who murdered Breonna Taylor and the Officers who committed the Crime were let go free.

Generous people, beautiful landscapes and scenery, fantastic bourbon. I love the atmosphere and the vibe that radiates off of this beautiful, caring state!

15 Oklahoma

This is where I was born but I moved to South Korea 2 months after I was born, so it's hard saying I'm from there when I don't remember it. My father is currently in the military so I find it hard to answer the 'where are you from? ' Question since we move so often. I've lived in Oklahoma, S. Korea, New York, Georgia, Texas, and now Italy. We'll be moving to Mississippi next summer. In general, when someone asks me where I'm from, I say Ireland because I'm more Irish than anything else and my family lived there (no, I've never lived there but I've been there). Otherwise, if I don't FEEL like saying I'm from Ireland, I say I'm from Oklahoma or I might even say I'm from Texas because I lived there for a while. I might even start saying I'm from New York. Yeah, I'm feeling New York. That's going to be my answer for the summer. Oh, the weird life I live.

Terrible place to live. The laws are screwed up. The people are screwed up. The two largest cities are violent crime filled hellholes. I recommend going somewhere else if at all possible. Been here for all 31 years unfortunately and I can state that this place is in a sad state of affairs. Fat, stupid, dumb and entirely to crazy. Reminds you of that family member people whisper about, but dear not utter their name around them in fears of what the hell might come out of them.

Lived in OK for six years. 1 in 5 residents meth heads or opium addicts. Most people are decent and hard working. No religious tolerance. If you don't believe in their Jesus keep it to yourself. Generally distrusting of the outside world and desires to remain in the 20th century. If you drive a car with out of state license plates you WILL be pulled over at every opportunity by the police. Really never looked back after leaving.

As I cross my fingers behind my back, "Praise Jesus"

Poorly funded education system, resources aren't sustained, and a lot of small-towns and the societal and economic issues that come along with them. The low population density makes it hard for commute to work and hard for activities. Some like the broadness of living here, but income and quality of life leaves much to be desired.

16 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.

I lived in Joplin for over 30 years. The economy was terrible, the pay rates in the medical field are some of the lowest in the nation, and there is nothing to do except drive to Kansas City or St. Louis. We moved to NW Arkansas where the economy is booming and immediately increased our income by 20% while maintaining the same cost of living. I go mountain biking 2-3 times a week as there are hundreds of miles of maintained trails. There is plenty to do and a great sense of community. The landscape is gorgeous compared to SW Missouri's mountains of chat left over from the mining days. I miss the people, but will never move back to Missouri.

Everyone that grew up here hates it and wants to leave. So much drugs and sex and nothing to do but be sad while trying to have awful parties as if we used parties as a fake smile to hide our issues and lack of scenery. But hey. at least people recognize Missouri for Ferguson.

Yeah not gonna lie Missouri is also very racist in a lot of areas, its super boring, and its not known for anything except the arch and the Mike brow case. I use to live there too before I moved to Florida, know I got to say life is a whole lot better.

Me and my family have lived here about 6 months and I hate everything about it. Everything wrong with the world seems to gather here. The people here are unfriendly and there is pretty much nothing interesting to do.

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

My parents worked themselves to death in this place for as long as I could remember. I also worked at a job and got harassed by Latinos who think they own the state because they came illegally or don't have to speak English. Expect overly proud Texan natives, rednecks, drug addicts and BLM protesters who play the race card. Everyone loves road rage, living in bad neighborhoods, owning debt and car accidents.

All in the name of "diversity" I guess. I don't know how one can love being poor in the state that my parents are in.

Its only their delusions of grandeur that make Texans say don't mess with Texas. I always wonder why the heck I would want to mess with Texas.

Texas is not what people think. It is not flat and dusty. It has some of the best cities in the US. A bunch of rednecks do not live here, if that's what people think! Laugh out loud people think they know everything. Texas is not only country it has many beautiful cities, like Dallas. Texas is one of the best states ever to live in because the weather is so nice and there are so many opportunities in this state.

Lived/grew up in Texas for 20 years. It's got its pros, but I cannot stand the obnoxious attitude of many natives who think this place is the best place on earth when they haven't even been outside their zip code. It's just ignorant pride. Texas wouldn't have as bad of a rep if it weren't for those people. They need a lesson in humility and respect.

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

First of all, I am living in Nebraska right now and I can tell you it is one of the best/safest places on earth, first of all one of the least polluted air spaces in the world, second, we have Nebraska football, one of the most dominant dynasties in collage football, thirdly we have the henry dorly zoo which includes the world biggest artificial desert in the world, fourth we have a very great volleyball team, fifth we have offut air force base, you might be thinking, what does this have to do with anything? well during the 9/11 attacks the president came on air force one and landed in offut air force base. Nebraska is one of the best states out there, if people weren't so bias they would see this, I believe Nebraska should be within the top 10 best states.

I, in my opinion, love Nebraska. Sure, it has a lot of CRAZY weather patterns but, to be honest, it makes it an adventure. Out in Nebraska you can have so many adventures! It's definitely a good place to raise kids too. But, this is just my opinion

This shouldn't be in the top ten. Sure it's a mediocre and boring state but does not have a spot in the top ten.

Nebraska is not bad enough to make the top ten. It's top 20 for sure though.

19 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.

I would never put Alaska in the top ten worst states this should be number one state in America (not California)!

Where else can you catch a 50 pound salmon? Or shoot a gun of your portch? Alaska is the freest state ever

We should just give this back to Canada.

The heck you talking about Alaska is one of if not the only state in America that has the majority of its land still natural and barely untouched with snowy peaks,boarding Canada, rivers, lakes, and maybe like a 3 hour flight to Europe (if Russia is part of Europe)I would expect this to be at then end

20 Maine

What retard put Maine on this list? It is tolerant and liberal, has the best weather conditions, has great culture and food, and is one of, if not the, best states.

Maine is a beautiful state and I have found the very friendly. They look at you when they are talking to you.

Maine is great!

21 South Carolina South Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

Lived here throughout my entire life and its really nice here, the events and things.
Even though we may be the poorest state in the U.S. and have many teachers leaving, there's always room for improvement, at least I do hope so...
I recommend moving here in the northwestern parts of SC, not so sure about eastern.

The State that launched the Civil War. Poor and rich. No jobs. Still troublemakers... look at their politicians. People think of Charleston, Savannah, and beach towns but look behind the cover.

South Carolina? *laughs* South carolina sucks? Yeah, and pigs can fly! *laughs at the people who haven't been there and think its stupid*

Then why are so many Northerners moving down to Charleston and Columbia, if it's full of trash. P.S: It's not.

22 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.

This place is a hell hole. High taxes, high cost of living and not worth it. Nice beaches and Newport is nice, but DOES NOT make up for the rest of the state. Corrupt, crooked, stupid and those are the politicians who get elected. Job market is low. DO NOT move here, or if you're already there...GET OUT!

Well I'm from Newport and Rhode Island is not all bad. I love Newport. We have the beaches, mansions, shoppes, and everything! Now just like all states, we have our problems, but you should come and see! It's surprising how so much amazing things can be packed into a tiny area!

High electric and gas rates, corrupt, taxes high, crowded as hell, run away!

Tiny doesn't mean its bad. I bet most of you have never even been here before.

23 Indiana

I've been to all 50 states and Indiana is definitely the worst. They have a really strict police state with rules and regulations on everything, hardly any scenery as all the land is turned to agriculture, and it doesn't even any big or fun cities either for how overpopulated it is. Cold, cloudy winters and hot, humid summers, the people are jaded and lost in their little bubbles not trusting of anyone because they are all so unkind to each other. It has the worst combination of east coast attitude and totalitarianism and midwest/great plains intolerance with none of the friendly people you could expect in midwest/great plains/southern states.

Maybe the reason why this one is so shockingly low on the list is because we're so often forgotten about. Don't get me wrong, if you love cornfields and you get excitement from watching combines, this may be the place for you. Seriously, there's nothing to do here unless you go to Indianapolis and it's still pathetic

First of all. I was born in Indiana.. I've lived in several towns here, but have also lived in CA, and visited numerous other states... If you want to make no improvements to your life, spit out 2-3 kids, and get harassed by the police PLEASE BY ALL MEANS come to Indiana!

Poor quality of life, boring, people are not as nice as Alabama, very homogeneous, and republican.

24 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.

People who were born here love it; everybody else looks at them at says, "Really? " It's beautiful, but more addicts, drunks and homeless than anyplace else I've lived. Poor education, poorly managed cities, corrupt politicians and high poverty. Mexico does not send New Mexico it's best citizens...just saying. Cost of living and housing is reasonable, but housing value does not appreciate much. Great for retirement if you don't care about investment value of housing, and if you live in a safe, secure housing situation.

Idaho is not bad enough to make this list. The scenery is great, it's nearby other great states. The only downfall is the stupid right wingers.

I was eating some mashed potatoes while typing this comment.

Literally nothing but a potato farm.

25 Vermont

It's a tie between NH and VT...both are full of pretentious people and hillbillies ripping off tourists and druggies and rich out of staters buying up the land.

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