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Mention any state in the US and someone has an opinion: "I went there on vacation and loved it!", "My aunt lives there and it's the worst", "You'd have to pay me a million dollars to go there". Sometimes you wonder if you'll ever find out what it's really like to live there, from someone who knows it best.

Americans of Reddit were asked "What state do you live in, and what are the best and worst things about living there?" These are some of the best answers.



1. Alabama

Best: We're not Mississippi
Worst: We're the second fattest, second least educated state in the country, and Birmingham is routinely in the top 10 for murders per capita by city.

mashonem

2. Alaska

Best: Amazing wildlife, de-criminalized weed, and some of the best fishing in the world.
Worst: Cold, cold n wet, cold n dry.... Oh and the amazing wildlife wants to eat you.

Listlessbehavior

3. Arizona

Best: Excellent Mexican food and craft beer, a lot of climate variety depending on where you live (mountains and snow up north, high desert in the south, central valley is low desert)
Worst: Poor public transportation system necessitates having a car, nobody knows how to drive when it rains

glaceauglaceau

4. Arkansas

Best: There are a lot of state and national parks to enjoy all the nature. We also have the only (current) diamond mine in the US.
Worst: We are in the south so everybody assumes all the people here are uneducated, inbred, racist rednecks.

B_crunk

5. California

Best: Population is more fit than any other state I've been to besides Colorado, a lot of talented artists
Worst: Low air quality, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor at one point

khsfjkh

6. Colorado

Best: The Rocky Mountains. They are basically a giant playground. They have everything, great skiing, whitewater, hiking, camping, climbing. Etc, and they are gorgeous anytime of the year. It doesn't matter if you live on the front range, the western slope or down in the San Juans. The mountains are gorgeous.
Worst: There are a lot hippies and trustafarians on the front range.

dbenz

7. Connecticut

Best: Small and cozy New England state
Worst: Stereotyped into being "rich white suburban"

laceyi

8. Delaware

Best: Delaware actually has a pretty damn good collection of microbreweries, but dogfish head is the most recognizable.
Worst: There is nothing to do here. Delaware is a terrible place that stretches out in front of you in an endless expanse of strip malls.

[deleted]

9. Florida

Best: /r/FloridaMan
Worst: /r/FloridaMan

[deleted]

10. Georgia

Best: People genuinely care for each other, we have an interesting blend of old Southern food and charm and the influence of the huge immigrant population that comes into Atlanta.
Worst: We're all hopelessly devoted to some of the chokingest teams in professional sports. Oh God is it heartbreaking, to watch every team we have do amazing things and then just fall off a cliff pretty much every year.

snorga1

11. Hawaii

Best: The weather is always great if you like it 82-ish
Worst: A lot of people would say cost of living or something along those lines but for me it's racism. I am a pretty humble guy and I mostly keep to myself but I'm kind of tired of being called Haole.

907Pilot

12. Idaho

Best: Quiet, overlooked state with TONS of outdoor activities, beautiful mountains and parks.
Worst: Not a lot of culture to call our own or local cuisine.

griffsterb

13. Illinois

Best: Chicago is the single best thing about the state. You can get any food you could imagine in Chicago.
Worst: Some parts of the city are warzones from gang violence. Corruption is worse than the media tells you.

thelaughingpear

14. Indiana

Best: It's quiet and inconspicuous, so if there was a full-scale land invasion in the U.S. we might be overlooked.
Worst: There's not a whole lot to do here.

billybobthorton22

15. Iowa

Best: Decent College sports. There aren't a lot of cities that are wretched hives of scum and villainy.
Worst: No professional sports. People assume that we're all farmers. All the meth you could ever dream of.

thunderbuns2

16. Kansas

Best: One of the marquee BBQ styles comes from here.
Worst: The crazies. I don't know what it is, but Kansas gets all kinds of crazies. Whether religious, political (on both sides of the spectrum), or just old fashioned 'kill dudes' crazy, Kansas gets 'em.

weealex

17. Kentucky

Best: The bourbon and meth are excellent.
Worst: Everyone thinks we're all toothless, meth head rednecks, who can't read.

KungPowChicken

18. Louisiana

Best: The state has a generally laid-back attitude, as evidenced by own unofficial motto Laissez les bons temps rouler or "Let the good times roll."
Worst: High crime rates and STD rates (Baton Rouge is #1 for HIV per capita in the US).

jey123

19. Maine

Best: Quiet low population and pretty most of year. Also decent skiing.
Worst: There's a vast distance between you and stores that can take credit a lot of the time.

thisgameissoreal

20. Maryland

Best: We have a lot to do. I live near Annapolis, so you have the Chesapeake Bay and sailing, historic towns all over the place. There's nothing better than picking blue crabs on a fall afternoon.
Worst: DC traffic rivals LA for shittiness.

duffman13jws

21. Massachusetts

Best: Great seafood, and a phenomenal amount of Colleges/Universities. First with universal healthcare and legalizing same-sex marriage.
Worst: Unless I want to live 25+ miles out of the city, I need 500K to buy a crappy 2br home on a city lot, in a "near" suburb. The roads are just illogical, and a lot need improvement badly.

starvo

22. Michigan

Best: Great sports teams. GO TIGERS!
Worst: Our biggest city is bankrupt.

klukskywalker

23. Minnesota

Best: Music scene up here is pretty good. Tons of jobs specifically for engineers.
Worst: Colder that Jack Frost's Cock. Winters overstay their welcome sometimes.

MrSwanson2UMN

24. Mississippi

Best: Food
Worst: Economically underdeveloped

jdukretijn

25. Missouri

Best: Lax liquor laws, cheap cigarettes, low cost of living, low taxes.
Worst: Clueless politicians, extreme poverty in both very urban and very rural areas, highest bankruptcy rate in the nation.

[deleted]

26. Montana

Best: Summer is amazing, upper 80's, low 90's during the day, cool in the evenings.
Worst: In the Western part of the state, winters are long a dreary, not much sun. If you don't ski, or do some kind of winter recreation, you are going to have a bad time.

dryfly406

27. Nebraska

Best: Lincoln has great music and the Cornhuskers football team
Worst: The weather varies from one extreme to another

continuousBaBa

28. Nevada

Best: North part is beautiful, Tahoe, Skiing, truckee river, etc.
Worst: Rest of the state is a post-apocalyptic hellhole where no life can thrive.

Bathrubhero

29. New Hampshire

Best: Live free or die! No income tax or sales tax. One of the lowest crime rates in the nation, yet gun laws are pretty lax.
Worst: Smaller state so there isn't a whole variety of stuff to do. You may only have a couple of choices for a certain activity.

Hobodudepwnz

30. New Jersey

Best: Quality foods in terms of Taylor Ham, pizza, subs, bagels, etc.
Worst: How everyone outside of New Jersey views us.

tired_papasmurf


31. New Mexico

Best: A lot of art, Santa Fe is second in most art galleries in the country, following NYC.
Worst: "You're from New Mexico? But your English is so good."

4chanian_immigrant

32. New York

Best: Anytime you want something, you can go out and buy it. Things are done fast in almost every aspect.
Worst: You develop a growing hatred for the human race. When i meet someone new, I already hate them a tiny bit because they are another human being.

Ges_Who

33. North Carolina

Best: The food is amazing and I would never leave a Glass of Cheerwine or a box of Bojangle's somewhat full.
Worst: The people are the best and worst at the same time.

TM4823

34. North Dakota

Best: No one notices us
Worst: Weather. Just, ugh.

sickly_snake

35. Ohio

Best: Ohio has a little bit of everything and everyone.
Worst: Ohio has a little bit of everything and everyone.

umutuku

36. Oklahoma

Best: The people are incomparable. After our huge tornado, I can't tell you how many people selflessly went to help with no regards for themselves. Every day life is so much better because the people are just so fucking nice.
Worst: Rednecks, not much to do in the way of entertainment, and fucking SPIDERS.

[deleted]

37. Oregon

Best: Gorgeous coastline, mild summers and winters, no weird dialects.
Worst: We have a lot of hippies and greenies, but mostly just in the big cities.

slayer1am

38. Pennsylvania

Best: Big cities (Philly, Pittsburgh) with a lot of culture, interesting people, good food etc.
Worst: Small minded people, violent people, pollution.

[deleted]

39. Rhode Island

Best: Small cities and lovely rural and suburban areas.
Worst: Douchy college kids who think that because mommy and daddy pay for their education that they can get drunk and treat the world like their living room.

Timett_son_of_Timett

40. South Carolina

Best: Good ol' Southern cooking
Worst: Racists, horrible grammar

radiantlux

41. South Dakota

Best: Small town feel if you like that type of thing
Worst: Very harsh winters and crazy ass weather patterns

Carpe_Diem021589

42. Tennessee

Best: There are a lot of really nice people here that would give you the shirt off their backs if you were in need. Even in the larger cities, life goes by at a slower pace.
Worst: The church plays a major role in politics. Poverty. The insect population in the summer is pretty awful.

I_waz_hope

43. Texas

Best: No income tax, lots of land which means nice wide streets and big houses
Worst: We only have two seasons with two week transition periods in between (summer, which is hot as hell, and winter)

Spyder_V

44. Utah

Best: Tons of outside activities, national parks, hiking.
Worst: Hypocritical Mormons. Mormons who actually live by what they're taught are fine and not intrusive. Others try to shove it down your throat .

Corl45

45. Vermont

Best: The firearm culture here is for the most part mature and responsible
Worst: The job market, it sucks beyond belief and because of that people will take the money they can get.

werd_the_ogrecl

46. Virginia

Best: It's a historically rich state with most of the foundations of our nation within an hour or two from each other, specifically Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Richmond, etc.
Worst: Traffic on the previously mentioned 95 is absurd and makes traveling a shitstorm.

[deleted]

47. Washington

Best: We are some of the book-readingest, non-churched, child-free, coledge edumacated folks around. Our population is some of the healthiest of the U.S.
Worst: Eastern Washington. Except for the small fact that their farmers feed us.

no_talent_ass_clown

48. West Virginia

Best: People are kind, always wave and hold doors
Worst: Coal developers want to tear down mountains and forests. Many of those people defend them and are extremely conservative.

tyus

49. Wisconsin

Best: Awesome beer and dairy products
Worst: Summer heat index of 110 and winter wind chills of -50

[deleted]

50. Wyoming

Best: Gorgeous state with very few people. Basically paradise.
Worst: Wyoming's tiny population is indicative of the fact that no one wants to live there. Too close to getting killed by Yellowstone.

[deleted] & MeridasAngel

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