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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Best: Small and cozy New England state
Worst: Stereotyped into being "rich white suburban"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best: The bourbon and meth are excellent.
Worst: Everyone thinks we're all toothless, meth head rednecks, who can't read.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Best: Great sports teams. GO TIGERS!
Worst: Our biggest city is bankrupt.
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.
Worst: Economically underdeveloped
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.
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.
Best: Lincoln has great music and the Cornhuskers football team
Worst: The weather varies from one extreme to another
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.
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.
Best: Quality foods in terms of Taylor Ham, pizza, subs, bagels, etc.
Worst: How everyone outside of New Jersey views us.
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."
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.
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.
Best: No one notices us
Worst: Weather. Just, ugh.
Best: Ohio has a little bit of everything and everyone.
Worst: Ohio has a little bit of everything and everyone.
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.
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.
Best: Big cities (Philly, Pittsburgh) with a lot of culture, interesting people, good food etc.
Worst: Small minded people, violent people, pollution.
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.
Best: Good ol' Southern cooking
Worst: Racists, horrible grammar
Best: Small town feel if you like that type of thing
Worst: Very harsh winters and crazy ass weather patterns
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.
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)
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best: Awesome beer and dairy products
Worst: Summer heat index of 110 and winter wind chills of -50
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.
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