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Map of States Ranked From Best to Worst, According to Americans, Goes Viral

Everyone dreams of living on island time, while New Jersey continues to get no respect.


Every single one of the states that make up the United States of America has its own unique charms, along with its own unique problems. But which state do people like the most? And, perhaps more importantly, which state do people dislike the most? YouGov was determined to get a firm answer to both questions and so they set out to create a definitive ranking of all 50 states (plus Washington D.C.).

To determine the rankings, surveyors spoke with 1,211 US adults, giving them head-to-head match-ups from a list of the 50 U.S. states (plus D.C.) and asking them to choose a winner. Each respondent saw seven matchups and did not see the same state twice. And they ended up with some very interesting findings.

According to the rankings, the best state in America is the newest one, as Hawaii won 69 percent of the matchups it was in. Turns out people enjoy beautiful beaches, who knew?

Colorado managed to snag second place, as the rocky mountain state (65 percent) just beat out Virginia (64 percent). Legalized weed probably has something to do with that.

Nevada, North Carolina, and Florida all tied for fourth place with 61 percent, with Arizona (60 percent), New York (59 percent), Georgia (58 percent), and Texas (58 percent) rounding out the top 10. California, America’s most populated state, just missed out on the top 10, landing at 12th place with a 57 percent win rate.

As for the cellar dwellers, America’s capital received the honor of getting the last place, winning only 35 percent of its matchups. Alabama and Missippi then tied for the next lowest spots, with the two Southern states having a 38 percent win rate. And next up was New Jersey (39 percent), which will apparently always be stuck in New York’s massive shadow. The rest of the bottom 10 was made up of Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, South Dakota, Missouri, and Kentucky.

If you want to see the entire ranking, you can check it out here.