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Minnesota
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Tennessee
2
South Carolina
3
Texas
4
Wyoming
5
Indiana
6
Colorado
7
Kansas
8
Oklahoma
9
Hawaii
10
Ohio
11
Louisiana
12
Nebraska
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Illinois
14
Idaho
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Georgia
16
New Mexico
17
Pennsylvania
18
Kentucky
19
South Dakota
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Alabama
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Missouri
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Mississippi
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Oregon
24
North Dakota
25
Wisconsin
26
Maryland
27
Michigan
28
Iowa
29
West Virginia
30
Maine
31
Utah
32
North Carolina
33
Vermont
34
Virginia
35
Montana
36
Alaska
37
Connecticut
38
Arizona
39
California
40
Rhode Island
41
Florida
42
Nevada
43
New Hampshire
44
Washington
45
New Jersey
46
Massachusetts
47
Delaware
48
Arkansas
49
New York
50

Friendliest States 2024

Friendliest States 2024

Visiting or moving to another state can sometimes be stressful. This stress can be easily alleviated by a welcoming, friendly population that welcomes newcomers and out-of-towners. Despite being the same country, cultures vary greatly between states. One state to the next can have completely different cultural norms.

Luckily, there are states in the U.S. where the people are generally nicer. When it comes to friendliness, not all states are created equal. Which states are the friendliest?

We looked at two categories of data to determine this. One was personal experience. Big 7 Travel asked 2.5 million of their social media followers to vote on which states are the friendliest. So that ranking is below.

Based on these results, the top friendliest U.S. states are listed below.

1. Minnesota

The term “Minnesota nice” lives up to its name. Minnesota residents are known for being extra polite, even during the state’s cold, bitter winters. The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, are popular tourist destinations known for their residents who go the extra mile to welcome visitors.

2. Tennessee

Tennessee is full of the famous southern charm and hospitality. Residents are proud and eager to make friends with visitors and show them all that their state has to offer.

3. South Carolina

South Carolina is another southern state upholding the Southern hospitality reputation. Cities like Charleston offer both beautiful beaches and friendly locals that make vacationing there time well spent.

4. Texas

Texas, another southern state, is full of enthusiastic and friendly locals willing to show you Texas’s unique culture. Despite the large size of its cities, residents will still get a small-town feel because of the friendliness of the locals.

5. Wyoming

Wyoming is a rather quiet state with the smallest population in the country. However, its small population is one of the friendliest in the U.S. It is said that you can leave your keys in the ignition, and your car will remain untouched.

6. Indiana

Indiana residents pride themselves on “Hoosier hospitality.” The state is known for both its hospitality and its good sense of humor. Despite its label as a “flyover” state, the people make it worth visiting.

7. Colorado

Colorado is full of friendly residents with inclusive, progressive mindsets. Both the cities and mountains are family-friendly and full of activities and art. It will be hard for you not to talk about how friendly everyone is after visiting.

8. Kansas

Kansas’s openness is coupled with its residents’ openheartedness. Kansas locals tend to strike up conversations with anyone about everything, so be prepared if you plan on visiting.

9. Oklahoma

People in Oklahoma are amicable and always look after their communities (and visitors). Oklahoma City is even nicknamed “The Big Friendly” because of its kind residents.

10. Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its tourism and “Aloha Spirit,” so you can expect the locals to be friendly to both their community and visitors. Living in paradise must have something to do with it.

The Friendliest States By Ranking

In addition to Big 7 Travel’s survey, we also took a look at Zippia’s list of each state's average tipping rate to give some more insight into who the most friendly states are. For the following table, you can change the ranking based on the best tippers and the survey, to compare and formulate your own opinion on the subject.

Friendliest States 2024

Notes:
- Comparisons of state-level friendliness tend to be anecdotal and unscientific. As such, they vary significantly from one source to another and should always be taken with a grain of salt.
- The Friendliest States As Voted by Tourists are presented in ranked order, with 1 being the friendliest to tourists and 50 being the least friendly.

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State
Voted by Tourists
Average Tip
Minnesota119.20
Tennessee219.50
South Carolina320.40
Texas418.90
Wyoming520.80
Indiana620.80
Colorado719.90
Kansas819.90
Oklahoma919.20
Hawaii1018.70
Ohio1120.60
Louisiana1218.80
Nebraska1319.90
Illinois1419.30
Idaho1519.60
Georgia1619.30
New Mexico1718.90
Pennsylvania1820.30
Kentucky1920.70
South Dakota2019.40
Alabama2119.40
Missouri2220.10
Mississippi2319.10
Oregon2419.40
North Dakota2519.70
Wisconsin2620.30
Maryland2719.70
Michigan2820.20
Iowa2920.00
West Virginia3020.60
Maine3120.30
Utah3219.20
North Carolina3319.60
Vermont3419.50
Virginia3519.50
Montana3620.10
Alaska3719.60
Connecticut3819.30
Arizona3919.30
California4018.20
Rhode Island4120.10
Florida4218.30
Nevada4318.40
New Hampshire4420.60
Washington4518.20
New Jersey4619.00
Massachusetts4719.40
Delaware4821.80
Arkansas4919.00
New York5018.70
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Friendliest States 2024

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