The US is a vast place, and it’s not just the climate and environment that change from coast to coast – cultural differences and localized personality traits are frequently noticeable, with specific phrases or stereotypical behaviors associated with certain geographical locales. A recent online survey asked American citizens their opinions, posing the question, “Which state has the friendliest folks?” and we collected the top 16 suggestions.
“I just came back from Austin, Texas – genuinely surprised at how friendly and welcoming people are. It’s completely upended my impression of the state.”
“It’s only been a day since I’ve been back, and I already miss Texas. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so welcome anywhere else in the US.”
“Personally, I found people in Massachusetts are incredibly kind. Like, if they see you struggling with getting a piece of furniture up a flight of stairs, they’ll drop everything to help you.”
“This sums up New England perfectly. We want to be jerks, but deep down, we have big hearts.”
“I found folks in Georgia to be nice – great manners, polite conversation, open and honest about themselves.”
“I was changing a flat in Atlanta and had two guys stop to offer help. One gave me a bottle of water (it was super hot), so Georgians definitely have kindness.”
New York State
“I also found Boston and NYC (to some extent) very kind as well. They might be “rude” but when in need, they’ll help you out.”
“I have a very positive impression of the Northeast – it’s a very real culture.”
“The Upper Midwest (Minnesota, the UP of Michigan) are very friendly in my experience.”
“The KKK was strong in the 1920s. Michigan had more Klansmen than any Southern state, but they couldn’t get any traction in the UP because the communities were too tight-knit for hate groups.”
“Tennesseans have a reputation for being friendly, I hear. I want to visit Nashville someday.”
“Nashville isn’t really a great place to get a real feel for Tennessee/local people. It’s pretty, and I do recommend visiting, but I would also recommend going to some smaller towns.”
“They are the perfect mix of being kind and nice, as opposed to nice but not kind or kind but not nice. They’ll wave and say hello but not stop or sidetrack you from what you’re doing. Which is good because most of the time when I’m in Vermont, I’m biking up a hill.”
“I met a lot of nice people on my bike ride down the coast of North Carolina, too.”
“Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee are my favorites in the South. In contrast, California is a mixed bag, with some nice people and some really vain, arrogant people.”
“Genuinely the nicest people I have ever met. Everyone I’ve met from there is like that.”
“My dad’s business partner is from there, and I’d have to agree – he’s incredibly polite and kind!”
“Friendliest folks I know are small-town Missourians or Okies.”
“Once, my family and I were on vacation, and we broke down in northern Missouri. These guys repaired our rental RV to factory conditions, invited us all to stay in the air conditioning, brought out water for our dog, and had us back on the road in 3 hours. Nicest folks I ever met.”
“I met a few people from Maine when I was in the Army, and they were super friendly and kind.”
“I’ve met plenty of people from around the country when I was in the military. Honestly, people from the Northeast are the friendliest people. We might be upfront, but we’re not fake.”
“As far as visiting football fans, I have found Wisconsin people to be incredible.”
“It’s Wisconsin in a runaway. I went to school in the Midwest – I found people there to be more polite and friendly. I really like the unabashed warmth of Texas, too.”
“Hoosier Hospitality is no joke. In my time around the US, I’ve never met a friendlier group.”
“They’ll sit out on their porches and watch the world pass by. But if you say hi, you’ll be chatting for the next few hours. Other places are like that, but Indiana always felt more friendly.”
“I went to Topeka, Kansas, one time. We were probably a minute’s drive from Westboro Baptist Church and were welcomed warmly by a couple of senior citizens. In Wichita, there were some of the most friendly people I’ve seen and met. Kansas may not be top, but it’s up there.”
“Being “Minnesota nice” is a phrase for a reason.”
“I would say Minnesota or neighboring states. The friendliest place I have been to was the Midwest. From what I hear, people in the South can be friendly but fake to an extent.”
“How friendly people are depends on where I say I’m from (which kind of sucks) except in the South, like in Mississippi. I do find that Southern hospitality is a real true thing, and it’s so warm.”
“I’ve found people in Southern Mississippi are the nicest folks I’ve met in life so far.”!
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