Are you curious which states have the most “hate” from the rest of America? Well, you’re in luck! The 12 most hated states in America, as judged by public opinion polls and surveys nationwide.
From the politics to the culture, there’s no doubt that each state has something about it that rubs people the wrong way.
Let’s start with the Land of Lincoln, also known as Illinois. This state is making a quick dash for the exit sign, boasting a recent 0.54% decrease in population. That’s more than half a percent, folks! And it’s not just out-of-staters throwing shade; 25% of Illinoisans say their state is the worst in the nation
Five other states nationwide point their fingers at New Jersey when asked about their least favorite. The distaste seems mutual, with 10% of Jersey’s residents calling it the worst state. I guess home isn’t always where the heart is.
And in case you’re wondering if it’s just a phase, let’s say their population chart doesn’t look too rosy, either. Recently, they’ve seen a 0.3% dip in the population.
Now we move on to the Empire State, where not everyone is so enamored with the “city that never sleeps.” New York, you’re up! With 12% of your own people professing you to be the worst state to live in, some of your residents are starting to feel less empire-y.
We’re seeing an alarmingly high emigration rate, with 0.45% of New Yorkers voting with their feet and moving out of state in recent years.
Oh, West Virginia, Mountain Momma’s not looking too good, is she? Many of your residents have decided to take John Denver’s advice and head for the country roads, not the ones that lead home to you. In recent years, you’ve witnessed a 0.76% decrease in population, with many of your folks packing their moonshine and banjos for the greener pastures of Ohio or Virginia.
Yes, you heard that right, Ohio! To add insult to injury, you can’t even count on the loyalty of the remaining population, with 6% of your own residents declaring you to be the worst state.
Let’s venture west to the land of sunshine, surfer dudes, and silicon dreams. Yes, California, we’re talking about you. You’ve been rubbing quite a few folks the wrong way. In a popularity contest, you’d be standing awkwardly in the corner with nine other states giving you the stink eye.
Poor Cali, it seems your golden shine is starting to fade. But wait, there’s more. A surprising 6% of your residents reckon they live in the worst state. Talk about being your own worst critic. And before you dismiss this as just a bunch of jaded Hollywood stars, let’s glance at your population chart. It’s showing a drop of 0.11% in recent years.
Better known as the Bay State or, more aptly, the Betrayed State. Recently, you’ve noticed a 0.14% drop in population. An oh-so-loyal 6% of your residents are not so discreetly whispering behind your back, declaring you the worst state.
Known for its Great Lakes, Motor City, and now, for a modest amount of self-loathing, Michigan is up on our unpopularity meter. You may have the most extensive freshwater system in the world, but 9% of your Michiganders believe you could use a bit more… shall we say freshness?
In recent years, you’ve also seen a slight but noticeable 0.09% dip in your population. It’s not a mass migration, but enough to raise an eyebrow.
Known as the Magnolia State, or as we might call it in this context, the “Meh” gnolia State. A whopping 8% of your residents have ranked you as the worst state to reside in. Oh, and let’s remember your population chart, which shows a slight decline of 0.17% in recent years. Some of your folks are setting off for greener (or at least other) pastures.
6% of your good Kentucky folks think they live in the worst state. That’s right, instead of belting out “My Old Kentucky Home,” they’re humming a more dissonant tune.
A staggering 17% of Nutmeggers declared their own state the pits. In the land of picturesque New England charm, all is not as it seems. You’ve seen a recent 0.21% drop in population, which may not sound like much, but it’s a big deal for a small state.
Now, we’re turning our attention down south to the home of jazz, jambalaya, and Mardi Gras. Yes, Louisiana, it’s time to face the music. Your gumbo of culture and nature is only somewhat to some’s taste. You see, 7% of your residents have declared their state the worst.
Ohio. It’s your turn. 6% of your devoted residents seem to question their loyalty, calling their own state the pits. That’s right, between cheering for the Browns and bemoaning the winter weather, they’ve taken a moment to declare you the worst condition.
There you have it! Now that you know why these states might be less-than-loved, it’s time to kick off the stereotypes and hit the road. You might even find a few hidden gems in these so-called ”hated states”. Until then – stay safe and have fun!
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