15 States With the Friendliest People You’ll Ever Meet in Your Life

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Wherever we go, we hope to come across as generous and friendly people. Some places (more so than others) leave lasting impressions on visitors, thanks to the kindness of locals. People in these states seem to be friendlier than others—some of these may even surprise you. 

1. Tennessee

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Did you know that Tennesseans have a reputation for being a friendly bunch? Locals recommend visiting smaller, unique towns like Chatanooga or McMinnville. You’ll meet some of the most amiable folks in town if you wind up in a locally-owned diner instead of a chain restaurant.

2. Minnesota

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Some people may consider “Minnesota Nice” as a bad stereotype, but it stems from local Minnesotans’ polite and reserved attitude. Visitors often equate it to the Midwest version of Southern Hospitality.

3. Texas

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the hearts of the vast majority of locals. Politics aside, Texas can be a great place to grow up and raise a family. With family at the heart of many communities, this lends itself to how people treat one another, whether as a local or a traveler passing through.

4. Hawai’i

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“Live Aloha” isn’t just a catchphrase used in the tourist industry—this is a way of life on the islands. The Aloha Spirit means living with love and gratitude and treating others respectfully and kindly. Across the board, visitors to Hawai’i say they’ve met some of the nicest people in the Aloha State. 

5. Indiana

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Being kind to others is a part of everyday life in Indiana. There is even a phrase to describe it: Hoosier Hospitality. It means being genuine and welcoming to new friends as if they are your family—and after a few hours talking with locals, you’ll feel as if you are part of the family. 

6. South Dakota

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Compared to heavily populated states, South Dakota has a relatively small population. This works in its favor as the community becomes a focal point and strength of local towns. Residents are more than willing to help visitors and make them feel at home during their stay. 

7. Maine

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Maine is a lovely place to visit if you don’t mind cold weather. It’s a beautiful destination to see, but the people there are more than willing to lend a helping hand. A vacationer who needed to replace snowmobile parts was offered to use a local repair shop instead of being stuck out in the snow. Talk about generosity!

8. Wyoming

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People in Wyoming are known to strike up conversations, say hello to you, and help you when needed. A recent transplant to Jackson Hole was in a car wreck, and multiple cars of strangers passing by all stopped to assist. If that isn’t the definition of helping your neighbor, we don’t know what is. 

9. Georgia

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Southern charm and manners are abundant in the Peach State, as many visitors experience kindness and courtesy from locals. From strangers helping each other with car trouble to offering restaurant recommendations to out-of-towners, travelers have come out of Georgia feeling the warmth of its people.

10. Oklahoma

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Many people find the Midwest of the US to be some of the friendliest states, and Oklahoma deserves a spot on our list. Many locals are quick to start a conversation with you to help out anyone in need, even if they’re a stranger you just met on the street. 

11. Vermont

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Sometimes, being overly friendly can be too much for some travelers, which makes visiting Vermont a great destination. Visitors to Vermont noted that locals are friendly and welcoming but won’t bombard you with their presence. This is a win-win type of situation. 

12. Alaska

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Besides the beautiful outdoors and wildlife in Alaska, Alaskans are some of the friendliest. Many are Indigenous Natives, eager to share their culture with you, speak with strangers, or help in any way. You may not find many people living in the Great White North, but the ones you meet will make your time there worth the trip.

13. Wisconsin

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The people of Wisconsin take the Golden Rule seriously—treat others how you would like to be treated. Families who have moved to Wisconsin love living there, partly due to how welcoming locals were and continue to be. 

14. North Carolina

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Another state that abides by Southern Hospitality is North Carolina. It’s typical to walk into the post office or grocery store and be greeted by name if you’re a regular. Life in NC is laid-back, relatively safe, and centered around a deep sense of community. 

15. Colorado

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You may come for the stunning Rocky Mountains and outdoor adventures, but you’ll stay for the progressive atmosphere and kindness of the locals. That’s how many visitors to Colorado feel after visiting—some even return to live permanently. Proof that Colorado has some of the nicest people you can meet in the West. 

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