New Survey Reveals How Americans Ranked Every U.S. State from Best to Worst
This ranking was destined to spark controversy.
The beauty of the United States is that, while we're united, we're made up of 50 diverse states that each bring something different to the table. Some are mind-blowingly scenic, some have unbelievably rad residents, and each has its own cuisine, culture, and traditions.
Of course all states are valuable, but there's no harm in having a little fun figuring out which states are supreme. Data analytics company YouGov decided to do the dirty work and conduct polls to gauge American's opinions on each of the 50 states. Then, YouGov compiled its findings into a ranking of every state from best to worst.
Americans who were surveyed were asked to choose the better of two states in a series of head-to-head matchups. Each state's win-to-loss ratio determined its rank in the list, which to be clear, is a strange way to rank things, but provides interesting results nonetheless. See the chart below for the juicy results.
There's a lot to unpack here. Unfortunately, it's hard to fight the results because they're quite literally decided by the people, but all I'll say is that if this list was based on beauty alone, I'd have issues with a few of the top 10.
On the flipside, Alabama landed at the bottom, which is more a reflection on outsiders' knowledge of the state than it is on the state itself. It may not be known for its scenery, but it has charming cities, must-see ghost towns, and access to the gulf of Mexico—so let's give it some credit.
In a shock to many and delight to some, California didn't make the top 10 despite its diverse beauty and notable cities. That said, it's nice to see other states getting the spotlight. Check out the full ranking, according to the YouGov results, below:
Every US State, Ranked from Best to Worst
48. New Jersey
44. South Dakota
37. North Dakota
36. West Virginia
29. South Carolina
28. New Mexico
25. Rhode Island
19. New Hampshire
8. New York
5. North Carolina