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Illinois
1
New Jersey
2
New York
3
West Virginia
4
California
5
Massachusetts
6
Michigan
7
Mississippi
8
Kentucky
9
Connecticut
9
Louisiana
11
Ohio
12
Alabama
13
Alaska
14
Maryland
15
Rhode Island
16
Hawaii
17
New Mexico
18
Kansas
18
Vermont
20
Oklahoma
20
Virginia
22
Missouri
23
Pennsylvania
24
Nebraska
24
South Dakota
26
South Carolina
27
Florida
27
Arkansas
29
Iowa
30
Wisconsin
31
Indiana
31
Tennessee
33
North Dakota
34
North Carolina
35
Nevada
36
Texas
37
Oregon
38
Delaware
39
Georgia
40
Wyoming
41
Arizona
41
Washington
43
New Hampshire
44
Maine
44
Minnesota
46
Idaho
47
Montana
48
Utah
49
Colorado
50

Most Hated States 2024

Most Hated States 2024

Texas

When it comes to the most hated states, Texas is well at the top of the list. Unfortunately, this state has a bit of a reputation for being rebellious, bold, and loud, which many people find offensive. Couple this with the larger-than-life mentality, less than stellar politicians, and scorching weather, and you have a very easy-to-hate state.

California

While there is plenty to love about California, there is also plenty to hate. This state flaunts its wealth at every opportunity and is home to Hollywood, fast fashion, the rich, and the famous. Between the frantic speeds of the Bay Area with sky-high real estate prices, and the facade of Los Angeles life, many people hate the state of California.

New Jersey

It turns out that people that live in New Jersey hate this state just as much as outsiders. The perception is that people from New Jersey tend to be loud, outspoken, and brash. In addition, New Jersey has high prices on just about everything and loads of traffic. This state has a higher amount of pollution, and the weather is never very appealing.

Florida

Florida is a beautiful state, with many of the main cities along the coast. Although this state may seem idealistic, it turns out Florida is one of the most hated states in the country. Florida is easily hated with corrupt politics and little to do outside of going to the beach or Walt Disney World. Plus, the weather is hot, muggy, and humid and is prone to intense hurricanes and tropical storms.

Alabama

While it may seem that Alabama is rather harmless, much of the hatred toward this state is because of their college football teams. People from Alabama are devoted to their sports, and it can be a bit much for some. The Crimson Tide pride is plastered everywhere you look, and for those not native to Alabama, this can be overwhelming. Plus, Alabama is a state entrenched in tradition, with not all practices being the best.

Kentucky

Kentucky has one of the highest costs of living in the country and is often compared to California. People report that residents in Kentucky are pretentious and challenging to work with. Plus, medical resources and healthcare options are not the best in Kentucky.

Michigan

Much of the hatred toward Michigan is actually geared toward Detroit. This major city does not receive popular ratings and has a high crime rate in parts of the city. Unfortunately, much of the hatred toward this one city spills over to the entire state. It also doesn't help that people who attend college in Michigan tend to be life-long die-hard college football fans which can be overwhelming.

Most Hated States 2024

Notes:
- Population decline for the top 10 most hated states was calculated by comparing the two most recent years for which population data was available.

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State
Most Hated
Additional Notes
Illinois1
Illinois is one of the fastest shrinking states in the US, and has experienced a 0.54% (more than ha...
New Jersey2
Five other states report hating New Jersey the most. 10% of its residents call it the worst state, a...
New York3
12% of New Yorkers say it’s the worst state to live, and 0.45% have moved out of state in recent yea...
West Virginia4
West Virginia has lost 0.76% of its residents in recent years, with many moving to Ohio or Virginia....
California5
Nine other states hate California, and 6% of Californians feel they live in the worst state. Califor...
Massachusetts6
6% of residents of Massachusetts, which recently experienced a 0.14% population decline and is hated...
Michigan7
9% of Michinganders say it is the worst state in which to live. Michigan is hated by one other state...
Mississippi8
Connecticut9
No states hate Connecticut the most, but 17% of the state's own residents consider it the worst stat...
Kentucky9
6% of people in Kentucky, which is hated by Tennessee and Indiana, feel it is the worst state.
Louisiana11
Ohio12
Alabama13
Alaska14
Maryland15
Rhode Island16
Hawaii17
Kansas18
New Mexico18
Oklahoma20
Vermont20
Virginia22
Missouri23
Nebraska24
Pennsylvania24
South Dakota26
Florida27
South Carolina27
Arkansas29
Iowa30
Indiana31
Wisconsin31
Tennessee33
North Dakota34
North Carolina35
Nevada36
Texas37
Oregon38
Delaware39
Georgia40
Arizona41
Wyoming41
Washington43
Maine44
New Hampshire44
Minnesota46
Idaho47
Montana48
Utah49
Colorado50
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Most Hated States 2024

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