While one’s favorite state or choice of home state is a matter of personal preference, for a variety of reasons, some states are just more popular than others. This can be seen in both the fastest-growing states and the ones most visited by foreign travelers.
Factors that set some states apart from others can include their quality of:
- Fiscal stability
- Crime & corrections
- Natural Environment
Some states are also considered to be more beautiful, more friendly, and even more fun than other states.
1. New York
New York, specifically New York City, is a Mecca for culture, history, entertainment, art, music, and sports. Those looking for history can see the Statue of Liberty, Broadway for musical theatre, and Madison Square Garden for sports and concerts. The city is also full of some of the world’s best dining experiences. Of the top ten states that foreign travelers visited in 2013, New York accounted for 30.5% of the total visitors.
Florida is the second-most visited stated by foreign travelers. There’s a lot to do in Florida, from beautiful beaches to amusement parks, including Disney World. The state also has consistent warm weather for most of the year and plenty of sunshine, warranting plenty of outdoor activities like beach trips, boating, and fishing.
California is one of the most beautiful states in the country, with beautiful beaches and mountains for skiing, plus national parks for hiking. Additionally, tourists flock to Los Angeles to see Hollywood and with the hopes of spotting their favorite celebrities. Travelers also head slightly further north to see San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge.
Hawaii is the country’s piece of paradise. Who wouldn’t want to have a tropical getaway? Hawaii’s islands are full of pristine beaches, incredible volcanoes, and a beautiful culture that warmly welcomes visitors.
Nevada is the fifth-most visited state by foreign travelers in the United States. Aside from the Mojave Desert, Nevada is home to Las Vegas, perfect for those looking to gamble and immerse themselves in the wild nightlife. Las Vegas also has several one-of-a-kind shows, including music, comedy, and acrobatics. Las Vegas is also a hotspot for those looking to do some shopping.
Another way to determine which states are the most popular is to look at their growth rates. If more and more people are moving to a state, there must be something special about it.
These ten fastest-growing states in the United States, and their 2020 growth rates, are:
- Idaho (4.10%)
- Utah (3.83%)
- Washington (3.47%)
- Nevada (3.47%)
- Florida (3.26%)
- Arizona (2.88%)
- Texas (2.68%)
- Oregon (2.63%)
- Colorado (2.63%)
- South Carolina (2.48%)
With the exception of a couple of states, such as Utah, the increase in population is a result of migration rather than because of high birth rates. These states are growing quickly because of favorable weather conditions, beautiful natural environments, good job markets, relatively low costs of living, and a variety of entertainment options. The rapid increase in population will cause real estate and rental prices across the state to increase and can lead to more traffic, pollution, and overall higher population densities, especially in urban areas.