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The 50 Friendliest States In America

The 50 Friendliest States In America

Turns out that when it comes to friendliness, not all states are created equal. From old school Southern charm to outright city rudeness, there’s varying degrees of politeness. We asked our social audience of 1.5 million people “what are the friendliest states in America?”

From strangers helping you find your way when your phone doesn’t work to making new best friends in a local bar, these are the states across the USA where you’ll be made to feel the most (and least!) welcome.

The friendliest states in America 2019

50th. New York

Locals might seem a bit gruff at first (even upstate!), but it’s a melting pot of many cultures and the neighbourhoods in each borough of NYC have a community feel if you manage to stick it out for long enough. Just don’t dawdle on the sidewalk or hold up traffic taking Instagram shots…

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49th. Arkansas

Arkansas is a friendly state if – and emphasis on if – you’re local. While that’s all well and good for Arkansas residents and their good neighbourly vibes, it can mean that visitors might feel like they don’t quite fit in and are unwelcome.

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48th. Delaware

Delaware might be small – you can drive across the entire state in just 90 minutes, but that doesn’t exactly translate as neighbourly. Is it Delaware’s (possibly misjudged) reputation as boring what makes our readers think of it as unfriendly? Unfortunately it’s ranked as one of the least friendly states in America.

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47th. Massachusetts

MA locals aren’t exactly rude, per se, but the overall indifference towards strangers can take its toll. Ignoring people isn’t exactly a trait that will put Massachusetts among the friendliest states in America. It also takes a long time be accepted as true Bostonian, not just a blow-in.

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46th. New Jersey

The Jersey attitude can be perceived as just outright rudeness. And in this survey, it seems as though that’s definitely the case. New Jerseyans are known for their in-your-face personalities. But hey, at least the (probably unfriendly) station attendant will pump your gas for you.

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45th. Washington

The state of Washington might consistently rank highly when it comes to environmentally-friendly states, but when it comes to people it’s a different story. While locals aren’t rude, it’s more of a “polite but unfriendly” vibe – hence the ‘Seattle freeze’. Maybe it’s all the rain.

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44th. New Hampshire

The Granite State is beautiful, with fiercely proud locals who love where they’re from. However, that proudness can often be mistaken for arrogance towards outsiders. Locals here are stubborn, and its sparse rural population can make it harder to make friends.

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43rd. Nevada

The home of Sin City, Nevada is a state of vast contrasts. While Las Vegas can be a dog-eats-dog place to spend some time, places such as Reno are more friendly. Overall, Nevada locals won’t go too far out of their way to help a stranger.

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42nd. Florida

Considering Miami is often voted as one of the least friendly cities in America, Florida has its work cut out for it. Cities such as Orlando and its tourist-friendly initiatives are helping the state big time, but overall its reputation has some catching up to do.

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41st. Rhode Island

If you’re not born and raised in RI, chances are you’ll always been seen as an outsider. Big 7 Travel’s readers didn’t rate Rhode Islanders too highly on the ‘friendly scale’. Smaller neighbourhoods are friendlier, but overall you won’t exactly be greeted with a smile from the local cashier.

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40th. California

Californians like to think of themselves as friendly, but our readers disagree. Los Angeles is no City of Angels when it comes to making strangers feel welcome, with an overall aloof-bordering-on-rude vibe. Smaller cities are more laid-back.

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39th. Arizona

There’s no mistaking Arizona for having the sort of overt friendliness of the South, but locals are generally mellow enough. It’s the sort of place where strangers will strike up a conversation when waiting in line, but don’t expect huge grins. It’s more of a nice indifference towards others.

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38th. Connecticut

Connecticut residents are polite, reserved and generally nice, but outright friendly? Not so much. New Englanders have somewhat of a reputation for being aloof, but people will hold the door open for you and say hello. It’s not the most culturally vibrant state, but local open mike nights and community events help to bring people together.

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37th. Alaska

Alaska might be somewhat isolated, but tourism plays a huge part of the economy here, so residents are eager to welcome outsiders. In fact, apart from Alaskan Natives, most residents here were newcomers at some stage, so they know how it feels to be new in town. Either that, or they’ll ignore you, but they’re far from rude.

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36th. Montana

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how warm and friendly the people of Montana are. The entire state is more like a small town, despite its size. You won’t be invited into someone’s home for tea, but they’re nice. There’s light-hearted banter between the various towns, with a positive attitude towards tourists and other visitors.

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35th. Virginia

The growing diversity in Virginia is adding even more of a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to the state. While some people might see it as quite traditional and wary of strangers, the cultural haven of Washington D.C . and other metro areas make it a positive place to be.

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34th. Vermont

People in Vermont are friendly and sociable, making this an easy state to make new friends in. Tourism is huge here, so overall, locals will go out of their way to help visitors to the area. Small town Vermonters might take a while to fully accept new residents, but once they do you’ll have friends for life.

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33rd. North Carolina

Generally, locals of North Carolina are good-mannered, eager to help and friendly to both other locals and visitors alike. People will say ‘hi’ just about anywhere: Walmart, the parking lot or even when stopped at a red light. The state is a melting pot of people from all over the country, which is a highlight.

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32nd. Utah

People from Utah are famously friendly, so you’re sure to be made to feel right at home here. Salt Lake City is a wonderfully vibrant and social place to be, and is also rated one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly major cities in the country.

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31st. Maine

Maine’s low-crime rate and general friendliness of locals make it a popular state to move to, and our readers seem to agree. New Englanders are often thought to be reserved, but Mainers are open and warm. You’ll see this as soon as you arrive here.

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30th. West Virginia

West Virginians are some of the most welcoming and friendly people you’re likely to meet on your travels across the USA. There’s a chilled out pace of life here that lends itself to a warm atmosphere. The mountains act as somewhat of a protective wall between West Virginia and the outside world, so there’s a strong community.

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29th. Iowa

Iowa is well known for being a generally friendly and kind state, with people regularly waving hello to strangers and saying hello on the street. Cashiers will greet you with a smile, roadside farmers will tell you all about their tasty crops and there’s a real sense of community.

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28th. Michigan

Michiganders like to think of themselves as a friendly bunch, but Detroit and Ann Arbor in particular can be hard nuts to crack. In general, people here have a good sense of humour and are easy-going with Midwest politeness.

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27th. Maryland

Maryland is among the most densely populated states in the nation, and is home to diverse cultures. Its openness to outsiders means that it’s a vibrant and social place to spend some time. You’ll easily find yourself making new best friends in a bar in Baltimore.

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26th. Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a Midwestern gem where people have good manners, a tight-knit sense of community and a fun attitude. In fact, Green Bay is one of the happiest places in the United States, so it’s no wonder people are nice as pie. Could it have anything to do with the Packers?

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25th. North Dakota

This is one of the least-populated and visited states in America, but it’s certainly nothing to do with its great locals. North Dakotans are down-to-earth and willing to help, without expecting anything in return. Our readers scored the state highly on its community vibe.

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24th. Oregon

Oregon is well known as a state where people are nice to strangers. Sure, the Portland hipster scene might take a while to break into, but they’re nice – swear. It’s also the most pet-friendly state in America, so your pooch will be welcome here too.

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23rd. Mississippi

Mississippi is a charming state with plenty of Southern sweetness. One thing that surprises most out-of-towners about Mississippi is how friendly the people are here. Locals are polite as can be and will welcome you as one of their own – once you don’t try to tell them how much better “up North” is!

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22nd. Missouri

People in Missouri will tell you their entire life story before you’ve even had the chance to say ‘hello’. They’re nice and tend to actually be interested in what strangers have to say – there’s no fakeness here.

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21st. Alabama

If you’re friendly, then everyone you meet in Alabama will be friendly to you. Stick to that golden rule and you’ll see that Alabama is one of the friendliest states in America. Strangers will hold the door open for you and even help you carry groceries to your car – just for the sake of being nice.

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20th. South Dakota

South Dakota is full of vibrant, forward-looking communities filled with engaged and friendly people. Even in big cities here, people will openly chat to strangers about everything from the weather to football. The people here practically define the meaning of ‘Midwest Nice’.

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19th. Kentucky

In Kentucky, you’ll quickly find that people are nice no matter what. Whether you’ve been born and raised here or are just passing through, locals will treat you with the same kind attitude. Kentuckians have a particular kind of friendliness that will make you want to move here immediately.

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18th. Pennsylvania

You might not instinctively think of cities such as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh as being friendly, but they really are. Citizens here are truly friendly – the slogan “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” was created for a reason. Our readers ranked it highly in terms of helpfulness from strangers. Look lost? Chances are a good-natured local will help you out.

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17th. New Mexico

New Mexico is the sort of place where you’ll come across friendly people in pretty much every town. It’s laidback and culturally diverse. Plus, two cities in the Land of Enchantment even made the list of Top 20 Cities for LGBT-friendly retirement in 2018. There you have it.

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16th. Georgia

With a population of 10.3 million, this Deep South state has a unique mix of rural and city neighbourhoods, but overall, locals are super friendly. It’s easy to get to know people here, even in larger cities like Atlanta. Big 7 Travel readers thought Georgia was pretty peachy.

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15th. Idaho

You’ll hear over and over again that Idaho is home to some of the friendliest people in the USA, and our readers agreed with this. People here really are friendly, and not in an annoyingly nosy way. Idaho lives up to its reputation for warm hospitality and a genuine openness towards strangers.

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14th. Illinois

Illinois is in the heart of the Midwest, with super friendly locals. Chicago is known for being one of America’s most tourist-friendly cities, knocking NYC out of the water. It’s also a decent state for visitors: according to Neighborhood Scout, Illinois has 19 of the safest cities in the country.

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13th. Nebraska

Nebraskans are some of the sweetest people you’ll meet in America. You’ll see people helping each other out everywhere you glance, with a strong community feel. Learn to master the ‘one finger’ wave while driving, and you’re practically a local.

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12th. Louisiana

Despite its recent tumultuous past with natural disasters, locals go above and beyond to make you feel welcome here. While the state is ethnically diverse, Louisianans all have one thing in common: they make the state one of the friendliest and best places ti be in America.

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11th. Ohio

Ohio is a classic example of Midwestern manners and a genuinely positive attitude towards other people. Locals are open-minded and will eagerly share their favourite place to eat or drink with out-of-towners. It’s a great place for families too, with lots of kid-centric activities.

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10th. Hawaii

Hawaii has a keen focus on tourism, so visitors are really looked after here hospitality-wise. It’s known for its “Aloha Spirit”. Living in paradise must do something good for the soul, as you’ll be greeted with a warm smile from everyone you meet here.

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9th. Oklahoma

Oklahoma City doesn’t have the nickname of ‘The Big Friendly’ for no reason: this is one of the friendliest states in America. People here are always keen to strike up conversation and will look after their own community no matter what. They’re equally nice to visitors, too.

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8th. Kansas

The famous Kansas friendliness can come as a surprise for visitors from other states, so be prepared to engage in random conversations with just about everyone you meet here. Local’s openheartedness towards strangers makes the state such a beautiful place to visit.

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7th. Colorado

Colorado’s progressive atmosphere makes it an enjoyable state to visit, with some of the friendliest people in the world to boot. It’s family-friendly and safe, with heaps of culture and makes visitors soon feel like locals. Whether you’re in Denver or the countryside, you’ll get an instant feel for the friendliness here.

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6th. Indiana

Locals in Indiana pride themselves on their exceptional ‘Hoosier hospitality’, going above and beyond for other people. People here are good-natured, with a good sense of humour. So much more than just a “fly over” state, Indiana will hold a special place in your heart after just one visit.

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5th. Wyoming

Wyoming might be a a quiet-ish state, but the people here make it a fun and vibrant place to spend some time. There’s a real sense of community in even larger cities, where it’s common for a stranger to help you unstick your car from the snow or carry your groceries. Leave your keys in your car? Chances are it will be safe and sound.

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4th. Texas

Texas’ enthusiastic locals and greetings of ‘Howdy!’ everywhere you go have surely helped it secure its place among the friendliest states in America. Its large cities are boosted with small town vibes from locals, who will welcome you with open arms.

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3rd. South Carolina

South Carolina’s residents are famously welcoming, making it such a friendly place to spend some time in. The Southern states are well known for their hospitality and kindness and South Carolina has both in spades.

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2nd. Tennessee

That classic Southern charm is in full swing in Tennessee, where locals have a buzzing attitude and an eagerness to show off their city to out-of-towners. Add in the lively music scene and it’s clear why it’s one of the friendliest states in America.

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1st. Minnesota

And the winner out of all the friendliest states in America? Minnesota takes top spot, thanks to its extraordinarily friendly residents.  It’s called ‘Minnesota Nice’ for a reason – the atmosphere in the Twin Cities and beyond is hard to match, with a homey feel and locals who go the extra mile to welcome tourists.

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jesse
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jesse

What is the point of this list? The places marked as most friendly to tourists don’t get tourists. That’s why they are more friendly to tourists. they don’t go to those places on any real level. But I’m proud of NYC’s ranking. One of about 8 real cities in the world, and the only real great city in the US (maybe Chicago, LA isn’t even a normal city)

Parker Harrington
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Parker Harrington

NYC is a dump and gets more disgusting every year. If that’s what a “real” city is, I am glad there aren’t more of them.

Paul Rentz
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Paul Rentz

New York once was MUCH cleaner city, too bad mayors like the current one have run it down!

Bryce
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There are more of them think LA, San francisco, maybe Detroit, and Chicago to name a few

Deborahasmith
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Parker I go to NYC every year, it’s great they have every thing I want. It’s not a dump who wants to go to Minnesota? It’s not on my bucket list!

George
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George

How dare you to talk about a dump like that. lol

Em.
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Em.

I had to lol at the comment about tourists not going to the places ranked most friendly. It is so true! They never asked me to take this survey. I wonder though who did take the survey. Lol!

Sheila FREUND
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Sheila FREUND

ohio is long reputed to be a friendly state–I should know-I’m a born n bred ohio girl!

Tom
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Tom

Illinois ranked 14th and Chicago had a record 58 million tourists last year. There goes your theory.

Sheila FREUND
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Sheila FREUND

sorry to disappoint you Jesse-Holmes county–aka Amish country in Ohio has a massive tourist industry

Tony
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Tony

Haha you’re a perfect representative of NY. Whoever made this list appreciates you proving them right

HB12
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HB12

We don’t doubt that you’re proud of NYC’s raking. Please stay in NYC, Jesse. Also, encourage all your like-minded friends to also stay put.

Louise
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Louise

As a Nashvillian, I’d say that we definitely get our fair share of tourists.

Hammer
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Hammer

The point of this list is to give morons like you a forum to prove your ignorance, which you have done swimmingly. Thank god there are shit holes like NYC where idiots like you can rot in and not further degrade the gene pool throughout the rest of our assume country.

Ali
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Ali

What state are you from, because that certainly was the opposite of friendly lol

Randy
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Randy

You’re proud that NYC is rude? And you also like Chicago? Lol. Is your real name ‘Dick’?

Big Burn
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Big Burn

Yeah right, Tennessee is not a tourist town and others are correct. I’m from NY originally and NYC is getting worse each year since the current mayor took office. What a cesspool

Lori Larsen
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Lori Larsen

We are WICKED nice in Massachusetts, wicked friendly, and wicked helpful. This suggests a flaw in the sustainability of your rubric

T J
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T J

Yeah, but how wicked friendly are you on the roads?

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Use ya Blinka

Lauren
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Lauren

Generally as wicked friendly as every other city with traffic. I’ve lived in a few of them. Everyone’s a dick traffic cupcake.

Ryan
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Ryan

I mean they refer to Colorado and Connecticut as cities so I think that tells you all you need to know about these rankings.

Randy
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Randy

I’ve got some friends from Mass. I think their wicked honesty and wicked brashness is sometimes mistaken for rudeness. But yes, friendly they are.

Barry R
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Barry R

I admit that I have people in Massachusetts. Their close friends are very friendly, nice people. Massachusetts may have been judged unfairly.

Dawn
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Dawn

Not surprising That Texas is in the top. I am in FL. Maybe tourists and snowbirds should learn manners on how to behave here. Yes you contribute to the economy BUT this is my year round home. Be respectful..

As a former Bostonian who lived on a big puece of the Freedom Trail etc same goes there. Why are tourists so rude?

Sing a beautiful song you will get a beautiful echo back peoople!!!!

Sheila FREUND
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Sheila FREUND

Having been to Florida a few times, Floridians need to learn how to drive.

Randy
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Randy

It’s the tourists, mostly.

Vince Dun
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Vince Dun

Florida sucks big time!! People are overtly rude! Road rage, the profanity, I have seen people just spit on the floor in Publix grocery store…are you serious??? Beaches are OK, but I would never live in fl. Funny thing is I know 5 people who moved from MN to FL then back to MN because they hated it!

Theresa powers
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Theresa powers

YOU are the problem, Vince. What a hateful person you are.

Barry
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Barry

No. People who live in Florida have it all wrong. The cute women are super cool. They don’t talk to people much. When they do, they say dark, evil things about people they know. They do really cold things. They flake out for all social engagements. They party, but they never show up to stuff. It’s real. They’re rude.

RobG
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RobG

Yep, unfortunately, there are a lot of NY people in FL, same here in NC,

Randy
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Randy

I lived in FL for 20 years. If you look at this list, then realize where a lot of these tourists come from, it starts to make sense. They come from rude places, they are rude people. The rudest people I met during my time in Florida were from NY and NJ.

Joe M.
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Joe M.

I am a transplant from New Jersey to Florida. I moved here in 2006. I am friendly, and certainly not rude. Inwas raised in New Jersey and taught to be polite. Most of the unfriendly people that I have come into contact here in Florida are from other states like New York, Illinois, Michigan. Some of the immigrants from Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico aren’t particularly friendly either. In my opinion, New Yorkers are the worse. I felt the same way while living in New Jersey.

Barryr
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Barryr

Uhm. I don’t think you get it. I have visited Florida. Believe me, some of the people there are off the charts rude. They sad and do things that are extremely nasty. I won’t go into it, but this list is accurate. Sorry. It’s true.

Erin
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Erin

I’m a Jersey Girl (the real kind, not the phoney TV kind,) and I’ve lived in NYC as well, in addition to several other states and countries. Currently, I reside in Texas and I would seriously like to know what the survey-takers were smoking when they rated Texas as 4th???! Texas, overall, is the LEAST friendly place that I’ve lived!!!!!!!!!! This state (or the Houston area and suburbs at least,) is still segregated, albeit it appears by choice, and it feels a lot like I’m living in some stepford wives kind of situation. People are friendly to people who have… Read more »

some Guy
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some Guy

Cleary some Pissed of Texans made this. Evident by Arkansans are only nice to other locals. We’re nice to everyone. ‘cept Texans.

Kia
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Kia

Yaaaaasss. I’m sorry I never respond to comments but as a fellow Jersey girl you took the words out of my mouth the 4 years I was in the Houston, Katy, Rosenberg, Sugarland, and The Woodlands area. People do not say good morning and something is definitely off about the area. Keep it real not real phony. Rude, rude, rude. I LOVED San Antonio though.

Deadrienne Brown
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Deadrienne Brown

Yep, Houston and it’s surrounding areas are a bit segregated but generally we are friendly and helpful. You just have to catch some people in their good days.

Vince Dun
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Vince Dun

I lived in Austin TX for a few years and your statement is Spot on target! Lived in Round Rock TX for 5 years and neighbors were not friendly at all. Texas is probably one if the least friendly states in usa next to Florida!

Sherry
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Sherry

Texas is a HUGE state and one that can’t be judged on one of its several large cities. I have lived in 7 states, including MN and TX is by far the nicest. Although, with all the Californians escaping the chaos that is CA and moving to Austin, where I live, they have completely ruined the amazing friendly and fun atmosphere that was Austin just a few years ago. (Rude angry driving, entitlement out the wazoo, etc.) Pretty sure that is why it’s not 1 instead of 2.

Vito
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Vito

I’ve lived in a lot of states, including MN and NJ (when I was young and again when I was in my 50’s), I have spent months at a time in TX for work (military). I found Texas to be even friendlier than Minnesota, which is very friendly. Native Texans are mad right now because people from CA are moving in to escape taxes and want to install the same kind of government they fled, also they are driving up home prices. I have found that in places like VT, TX and other rural states, they generally don’t like city… Read more »

Greg
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Greg

Hey Erin, I was born in NYC and lived in Glen Rock, NJ for many years before my parents took me to the Houston Area. I am so blessed that they got me out of NYC and NJ. Texas is great and the real Texans are very nice and welcoming even to a Yankee like me. The secret to be liked in Texas I seeing the better side of this state is to embrace the culture and the people. Don’t try and be a New Yorker in Houston, Texas. The segregation you speak of is in every city including New… Read more »

Rusty
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Rusty

Sounds like your northern liberal bias is clouding your judgement. Texas is an amazingly friendly place.

Mark
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Mark

Get the hell out of texas and move back to your shit hole state.

joe
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joe

Can’t..already live here in Texas.

Barryr
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Barryr

Can’t we all just live in other peoples states.

Randy
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Randy

I lived in Houston for a few years, some time ago. Most were friendly to me. The only ones that weren’t, were the illegals from Mexico. They HATE Americans, and are only here to take what they can, and send money back to their families. Everyone else was nice and polite. Maybe it’s not them? I mean, you brought up race, even though you think the situation is by personal choice. Nobody likes overly opinionated self righteous people. And you are, from NJ….

DEB BROWN
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DEB BROWN

As a retired person, I’ve started to travel around the country with my little camper and have found that people are friendly, kind and helpful in all the states in which we’ve traveled. I’m not sure what criteria was used to judge friendliness. No free maps at rest stops?

Mack Tieves
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Mack Tieves

What a load of crap all of this is. I’ve lived in Tennessee, Maryland and New York and I am sure tennesseans think they are nicey nice but they’ve barely been out of the state lol. New Yorkers have very busy schedules and it takes a lot of energy to maintain your lifestyle and get around and still have time for yourself. Maryland is tricky and that’s why it’s right in the middle. I experienced a lot of racist people in Tennessee and Maryland. Not saying everyone there is, but they wear it like a badge. New York is a… Read more »

RCDex
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RCDex

Get out of their way and you’ll be fine? Spoken like a true ass.

GettingOutSoon
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GettingOutSoon

I’ve worked in NYC for most of my adult life….I still don’t “understand it”. Some years ago, I was having breakfast in a Dunkin Donuts on my way to work when a woman came running in asking one of the workers to call 911 because a man had gone unconscious and was lying on the sidewalk. People were stepping over him. I looked out the window and sure enough, this guy was lying there, blocking traffic, and people were literally just stepping over him still chatting on their iPhones. Not a single person bent down to check on him. I… Read more »

Vito
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Vito

I find people from Tennessee to be extremely friendly, having been stationed in Maryland several times during my career, I find people in those DC suburbs to be extremely unfriendly, everyone thinks they are more important than everyone else. Part of it is because I am not a city person (even though I lived in Philly as a kid).

Sharon Reed
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Sharon Reed

This is so wrong! I worked in a spa in the back bay section of Boston for the last 12 years. Every tourist, time after time, said Boston was so friendly and helpful. I call BS on your findings!

Shae
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Shae

It’s literally just a survey they did of their followers asking them which states were the friendliest. Not some complex research.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I live in Kansas (Wichita) and I hate to say, I’ve never seen so many rude people in my life. I’m originally from Alabama and I agree with their rating 100% .

BPM
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BPM

Greeting from MA, we are too busy educating and saving the world to worry about visitors…and they drive like crash test dummies…soooo. How do ya like them apples?

Rusty
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Rusty

Educating the world…. How ‘bout starting by educating Bostonians on how to speak where we can understand you and by learning some manners.

Rick
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Rick

The worst part about MA being so low is that we’ll be proud of it

nicole
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nicole

I am a jersey girl, lived here all of my life, but I moved to Charlotte, NC for 9 years so I have first hand experience of the 2 states. and I’m back in Jersey for less than 2, and CAN’T WAIT TO GET THE HECK OUT! When you remove yourself from whatever it may be, you are able to see things more clearly. I have been pulled over 4x’s for stupid things, in less than the 2 years I’ve been back, 1 being my license plate halfway covered the New Jersey on top of my license plate, hello I… Read more »

Frankie Johnston
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Frankie Johnston

LOL, its true, NJ is truly the armpit of America. But PA being 18? LOL are you kidding me? People in PA are down trodden angry and overly expectant oafs. Lived in PA, MD, NJ, Texas, and HI. I’d take Texas but would stay clear of Houston…I don’t speak enough foreign languages to understand the immigrants that overran the place. Go ‘merica…

Heidi Guembel
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Heidi Guembel

I am a Jersey girl , born and raised. We are direct and forceful but we get things done. We are tolerant of all nationalities. We let you love who you want to love and we respect your right to worship or not. We are a diverse state with many cultures representing our towns and cities. We enjoy our farms and agriculture, our skiing and horse farms and our beautiful coastline and beaches. If you need assistance chances are you will get it from a passerby. I have been to many southern states where people have been rude to me… Read more »

Kevin Wade Reynolds
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Kevin Wade Reynolds

We don’t take kind to them rankings! – Arkansas

Johnny
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Johnny

I think Somali Refugees in St. Cloud would like to disagree that Minnesotans are the friendliest. They might be only if you are white: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/us/politics/minnesota-refugees-trump.html

Anthony
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Anthony

Those Somalians are incredibly racist. If they weren’t, Omar wouldn’t be in congress.

Olivia Isemond
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Olivia Isemond

Not very proud to be a Bostonian. There are a lot of rude people (as far as I know) in Massachusetts, but I’m actually a nice person.

Razorback
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Razorback

As an Arkansan, surely this is inaccurate. We’re generally polite. For example, I could tell you to piss off for writing this nonsense. Instead, I am going to politely suggest you go piss off, sir.

Jimmy G
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Jimmy G

I live in NYC, you’re correct….we suck. That’s why I wanna move out.

GettingOutSoon
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GettingOutSoon

Same here!! (see my post above..) I’m stuck here for the duration, but have been planning my escape for a few years now.

Patrick Beam
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Based on this report , I can only assume you did not visit each state nor was there a consistent methodology other than randomly asking someone that once drove through Arkansas on their way to a much better state. I have traveled all over the United States. When I was younger it was as a soldier. Later it was stand up comedy. I can tell you without hesitation that Arkansans are among the kindest and most generous (even when poor) people in the nation and we open our arms to people from all over the world. As a matter of… Read more »

Sherry
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Sherry

The said 1.5 million people took this poll… Ot was a poll.

Clark
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Clark

Preach it brother!! Arkansans will go out of their way to give a lending hand and show Southern hospitality!!
This.Is.Bogus

Mike
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Mike

I’m moving to Little Rock soon. I hope people treat me me with respect and make me feel welcome. I’ve been through a lot and would love to make some new friends, as well as get heavily involved in a local church.

Irene
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Irene

I was born and raised in Tennessee. I’d like to know where the friendly people are. Tennessee is a hillbilly, racist cesspool. I moved to Florida a few years ago. Everyone is so nice, so friendly, so open to conversation. Miami not so much.

Dayson Hanning
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Dayson Hanning

I too was born and raised in TN. There are some friendly people … at restaurants in Nashville (Loveless Café for example), and a few in smaller towns. But, there are MANY rude people. You very rarely hear anyone say “excuse me,” no matter where you are in the state. If you say “excuse me” to them when they rudely reach right in front of you, step right in front of you when you’re walking down an aisle in a store, etc., they’ll just stare at you, or, if the say anything at all, it’s “Yur all raaaaagggghhhhhttttt!” (translation, “You’re… Read more »

Dayson
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Dayson

Oh, and yes, I know Arizona is in the Southwest. I was just pointing out about the amount of people there who have been rude to me.

Deadrienne Brown
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Deadrienne Brown

Thanks for making Texas #4 but I have never said “Howdy” to anyone on the street or otherwise. That’s so not Texas. Yes, we tip our hats and wear our boots in July but very rare to hear “howdy”.

Sherry
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Sherry

“Howdy” is a purposeful Texas A&M greeting. As there are MANY Aggies in TX, that maybe where that comes from. That greeting is an instant recognition of a fellow Aggie almost as much as the Aggie ring is.

Mike
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Mike

Try moving to the middle of nowhere in the middle of the country, HUNDREDS OF MILES away from the jerks in the city! If I could afford it, I’d do it in a heartbeat!

Robert
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Robert

I’m a native Texan and I do not see how Texas was rated fourth. I was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and I have friends that are from and some who live in New York City, there is no comparison the people from NYC are friendlier than those in DFW. I’ve never known anyone from New York to hold up the checkout line while they carry on a conversation. I’ve never known someone from NYC to berate a cashier, then ask to speak to the manager, when the cashier tries to keep the line moving. I’ve never… Read more »

Greg
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Greg

Hey Robert – I advise for you to take Zoloft to help with your anxiety or move out of DFW. You do know that Texans don’t even like DFW. It’s to much like being in NYC

Sharon
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Sharon

You can’t compare Dallas to the rest of Texas. Even people from Texas often find Dallas to be rude and snooty, compared to other parts of Texas.

Mike
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Mike

Apparently you’ve never been to Brooklyn, the Bronx, or any other rough part of town…(Same could be said of any major city in the U.S.)

Dee
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Dee

I total disagree with the 1 spot I am from Minnesota and we are not friendly here what people did you talk to ?

Chuck
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Chuck

People are known to flee Minneapolis in droves. They are so closed off from others and new people that transplants can’t make friends when they move in and leave as fast as they can because they are miserable.
Minneapolis is notorious for this. It’s all over the internet.

Shae
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Shae

Minneapolis is not representative of the entire state. If you’ve ever been to the north shore (the most touristy part of Minnesota) the people there are very friendly. In the small town I relocated to, I’ve never had a poor interaction with a customer (I work in a coffee shop). As a native Minnesotan I’m proud of my state. I may be biased but I’ve been to 40 states and I think compared to a lot of them we are very friendly. I enjoyed growing up in Minneapolis but there is so much more to our state than that city.

Ketra Howard
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Ketra Howard

Minnesota is not the friendliest by far! Iowa is, Illinois needs to be in the bottom five as well.

SinCityGal
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SinCityGal

I live just outside of Las Vegas and have since 1982. If anyone asks ME for directions or help? I’m more than happy to help. This town has grown by leaps and bounds, I would venture to guess that the people not willing to help are people that just moved here, not the ones that have lived here for decades. Number 43 is a bit harsh.

Captain Joe
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Captain Joe

I have lived in the northeast, the southeast and the west coast, spent working time in at least 25 states including Alaska and Hawaii. I think the list is completely screwed up. I am curious as to who compiled the list and the demographic data of survey participants. For now I would toss this list in the garbage.

Pete
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Pete

I live Jersey… FU ALL….

Dave
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Dave

lol!

deadhead
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deadhead

Thank you for the awesome rating.
From a Minnesotan.

deadhead
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deadhead

Thank you for the #1 rating. Also the best Largest best state fair starts on Thursday. “The Great Minnesota Get Together”

From a Minnesotan.

Tony
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Tony

Texas’ State fair is bigger. We’re #2

Kim Walton
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Kim Walton

I am from Arkansas but now live in Minnesota. I do NOT agree with this list. The “South” is much more friendly.

John Doe
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John Doe

Looks likes a good job who ever decided the most friendly state or rudest state.. you would think Florida would been more closer to number 1. Past 40 years I’ve experience a lot of rude people in Florida.its the Florida residence that’s rude.. us northerners snow birds make Florida friendly and bring in bunches of money while visiting and retireing in Florida.. I like to see what Florida would be like if all of us northerners would move out of Florida.. lot of your beaches would be dead and vendors would loose out

Kevin
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Kevin

I think Florida would be just fine. As it has for 100s of years.

Watchman
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Watchman

Bet your from NY or one of the bottom tier state up there, right! Just because you visit here and spend money doesn’t give you the right to act like you own the place. If you act like a guest here you’ll be treated like a guest!

Joel McClellan
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Joel McClellan

It would be so much better if you Yankees left our great state. They should cut Florida off South of Ocala. You people come down here for a week and all of sudden know more about Florida than someone who has lived here all there life. I’m from Lake City and born and raised in North Florida and we treat people with respect but don’t take to kind to Yankees coming down here trying to tell us how to run our state. If you don’t like Florida take your ass back up north where you come from I promise we… Read more »

Mark Stevens
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Mark Stevens

This is a joke, right? I’ve lived in 7 states, visited 32 others. Minnesota (where I currently live) is by far the WORST state in the U.S. with the biggest jerks ever. Walk down the street and 3 out of 4 people will not say hello back when you say hi. They are mean, demeaning, foul, disgruntled people. Everywhere. Every store is bad. Non-profits are horrible. Churches suck. Now if you visit from out of state during a big thing like Super Bowl they all become very FAKE and ACT nice. They’re not. Minnesotans are passive-aggressive, acting kind but in… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

Tell us how you really feel Mark lol. I grew up in MN and then moved to FL then WI. Came back to Minnesota and would never want to live anywhere else. Seems you’re in the minority on this one

Chuck
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Chuck

Minnesota’s own newspaper had an article about how much transplants hate it there. There’s groups in Minneapolis set up for transplants to meet other transplants because it’s so difficult to meet and befriend Minnesotans because they are so closed off. I have friends in and from Minnesota and their feedback is horrendous.

Vince Dun
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Vince Dun

I have been in Minnesota for 5 years from Texas. Lived in 7 states…Minnesota is definitely one of the best states to live in for overall quality of life. No question. My wife and I (we have one kid), in less than 2 years made a circle of friends in Woodbury from 5 different Minnesota families, 4 if them are native minnesotans!!!!! We”ve all taken turns have cookouts at each others house, watched each others kids while hubby and wife go on date nights, kids played together at parks. Btw, Twin Cities has the best parks/trails in the usa!!!!

Joe
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Joe

Minneapolis is overflowing with stuck up posers. They think Bob Dylan and Prince make Minnesota relevant lol. The rest of the state is basic betch soccer moms and rednecks.

Shae
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Shae

Let’s be bitter assholes and stereotype an entire state, shall we? It’s a survey, don’t get your panties in a bunch.

Minnesota Mom
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Minnesota Mom

I’m a Minnesotan but I think Tennessee is nicer!! I was never treated with more smiles and cheerfulness than when I visited Dollywood and Nashville. I agree both coasts are pretty snobby, though.

Sophia T
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Sophia T

Minnesota drivers are pretty chill. They let you merge and don’t cut you off. So different than driving in Boston, around NYC or DC.

Logan Padavich
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Logan Padavich

I have lived in 16 different states and traveled to all but 2 and I think this list is inaccurate. The midwest by far has the nicest people you will ever meet. I wouldn’t say Minnesota is the best but it would be towards the top. Iowa had nothing but nice smiling people. I was not impressed with many of the southern states. I found people were quite rude especially Virginia and Carolinas.

Laney
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Laney

I think there are friendly and unfriendly people everywhere. I also think we should all try to be more respectful, understanding, and kind to each other. What does it hurt to smile and say hi when we meet someone? We can all be better then this belittling.

Ben Reece
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Ben Reece

Minnesota is not the friendliest. I lived there for 7 years. Minnesotans are not rude, but their friendliness applies to family and friends. It takes a long time to break into these clicks. I’m currently living in South Carolina, which is light years ahead of Minnesota in friendliness.

wackyafterfirstglance
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wackyafterfirstglance

I’m not saying that Minnesota necessarily ranks high on the friendliness scale, but I sure met more than my fair share of pricks when I visited South Carolina.

Sherry
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Sherry

While “Minnesota Nice” is true as far politeness, what we found, having lived in a suburb of Minneapolis for 2 1/2 years, is that everyone’s nice, but not really interested in expanding their world to include new people. Everyone seems to have a well established circle and moving in to town feels like being a new kid in HS partway through the year. Everyone says hi and point to the lunchroom, but doesn’t think to invite you to sit at their table.

Minnesota Girl
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Minnesota Girl

As a native Minnesotan, I would give anything to expand my world to include new people… I have one friend where I live, and can’t seem to find any more.

Max
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Max

Cultural diversity does not mean a state is welcoming or nice, you are WAY off on Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia…

Jack Johnson
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Jack Johnson

Horrible list. Colorado is regressive not progressive. Homeless people run the city of Denver try and spend a week there it’s depressing how dirty the city is.

Estee
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Estee

…and now a word from our sponsor, The Minnesota Visitor’s Bureau.

RobG
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RobG

The only reason NC is so low on this list is because there are a lot of NY & NJ transplants living there

Billy
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Billy

A family member of mine wants to move to the Carolinas and I said no way. I heard that North Carolinians are now being priced out of their own neighborhoods because of the new yorkers (deliberately lowercased). Its Long Island 2.0 !

J D
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J D

Interesting trend… friendliest states are overwhelmingly red and unfriendliest are mostly blue.

Chad
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Chad

Growing up and living in MN for decades… MN is fake as a three dollar bill. ‘MN nice’… Is truly not what you portray. Nice up front, but turn your back and see what happens. Cocky with the narcissism to match!

riot
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riot

Quit reading on number 49. I was expecting Arkansas to be close to the top. I guess the author has an a ex-wife living in Arkansas or something. Then saw Minnesota listed #1. it may rank higher then it’s neibors but no way it should even be in the top ten. Minnesota Nice? Never heard that. Did the author make it up?

Darcel
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Darcel

The author didn’t make that up. Lived in MN fifty years. The phrase MN nice applies to all except downtown Mpls!

MArk
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MArk

Considering how much hate Rep Omar has for Israel and the people of Minn support her, how can this state be considered friendly?

Watchman
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Watchman

It’s no surprise that Florida rates so low on the list being that we get 1000 people a day moving here and the more people come from New York (last on list) and most of the others are from the bottom tier. t’s just a matter of time until Florida turns into the far left, high taxed, crime ridden state all those people are coming from. Maybe we need a wall at the northern Florida border too!

James Brooks
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James Brooks

I agree with just about all you’ve assumed about the southern states. I’ve lived in southern Indiana, Eastern Tennessee, South Louisiana, North Louisiana, West Louisiana, And now Eastern Louisiana! Having lived in Texas as a youngster, I experienced firsthand the howdies and blessings of friendship. In Louisiana, the neighborhood was just one big family that helped us grow up with moral structure that has helped me so far! At 63, I am blessed! I love the North, South, East, And West. Yes, I love the United States Of America!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I live in Colorado and I am astonished Colorado ranks anywhere inside about the top 30 or 40. Native Coloradans are some of the biggest Dbags on Earth. This is the same group that will scream and cry about Californians or Texans or people from Chicago moving here.. but have NO issues with Illegal Immigration. Anything that EVER goes wrong in this state is because of “transplants”. Apparently, if you are a Native Coloradan, you are just one step below Jesus Christ..

SolutionTech
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SolutionTech

I work in phone tech support and talk and would say this list is fairly accurate. Speaking to people from New York is horrible. I would actually put California at #50 since they are entitled, want everything free, rude, and won’t hesitate to belittle you as a person. Yes the people from the bottom of the list are indeed on the average quite unfriendly. I grew up in Georgia (#16), lived in Alabama (#21), and visited almost every SE state (not Louisiana somehow). Southerners are generally friendly, but not in the way usually portrayed. They aren’t over-the-top outgoing and loud… Read more »