This Is the Rudest State in America

While many places in the U.S. are known for their hospitality, this one state can be really mean.

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With states arguing more than ever these days, we decided it was time to challenge some of the stereotypes we've all heard about Southern hospitality, the friendliness of the Midwest, and the attitude in the Northeast. We set out to find an answer once and for all about how each states' residents stack up in terms of attitude. By crunching the numbers, we discovered which states have the nicest residents, and which are, well, just plain rude.

To figure out which state was the rudest, we looked at a few key indicators. First, we reviewed a Business Insider survey to confirm the rudest cities in the U.S. After weighing the urban areas based on how rude they were ranked, we compared their populations to the total state population to calculate the percentage of the state that's rude. Next, we pulled data from Insurify to get the percentage of rude drivers in each state (because road rage isn't a good look on anyone). We then factored in how unfriendly each state is based on a Big 7 Travel survey that polled 2.5 million social media followers.

Lastly, we thought about bad behavior, whether that's through impolite words or actions. LivePerson, a company that offers live chat services, analyzed conversations with customer service agents across 500 brands to see which residents cursed the most. All of these metrics were run through our custom algorithm to determine each state's Rudeness Score.

The top 10 rudest states spanned every corner of the country, from the West Coast to the East Coast and everywhere in between. While some are probably as rude as you expected, other states' rankings will leave you shocked. Read on to find out which state took home the dubious honor of being the rudest of all and to see how your state fared in our ranking. And for more regions that don't have great reputations, check out This Is the Most Hated State in America.

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Minnesota

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Rudest cities: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.21

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 50

Rude customer rank: 48

Rudeness Score: 0

49
South Carolina

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 48

Rude customer rank: 47

Rudeness Score: 2.31

48
Louisiana

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Rudest cities: New Orleans

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.21

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 39

Rude customer rank: 49

Rudeness Score: 7.02

47
Mississippi

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.3

Unfriendly rank: 28

Rude customer rank: 47

Rudeness Score: 10.04

And for more areas that cause concern for other reasons, This Is the Deadliest State in America.

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Tennessee

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Rudest cities: Nashville, Memphis

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.5

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 49

Rude customer rank: 30

Rudeness Score: 14.04

45
Hawaii

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.9

Unfriendly rank: 41

Rude customer rank: 50

Rudeness Score: 17.07

44
Colorado

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Rudest cities: Denver

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.22

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.6

Unfriendly rank: 44

Rude customer rank: 42

Rudeness Score: 19

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Vermont

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.5

Unfriendly rank: 17

Rude customer rank: 45

Rudeness Score: 20.59

42
Texas

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Rudest cities: Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio

Percentage of the state that's rude: 1.1

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 47

Rude customer rank: 24

Rudeness Score: 21.1

41
Kentucky

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Rudest cities: Louisville

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.32

Percentage of rude drivers: 1

Unfriendly rank: 32

Rude customer rank: 25

Rudeness Score: 21.35

40
Alabama

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Rudest cities: Birmingham

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.4

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 30

Rude customer rank: 36

Rudeness Score: 22.96

39
North Carolina

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Rudest cities: Charlotte, Raleigh

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.35

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.6

Unfriendly rank: 18

Rude customer rank: 40

Rudeness Score: 24.93

38
Oklahoma

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Rudest cities: Oklahoma City

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.38

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 42

Rude customer rank: 26

Rudeness Score: 25.02

And for more on the states that aren't the kindest, read up on The Unfriendliest State in the U.S.

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Missouri

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Rudest cities: St. Louis, Kansas City

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.35

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 29

Rude customer rank: 37

Rudeness Score: 26.35

36
Maine

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.6

Unfriendly rank: 20

Rude customer rank: 33

Rudeness Score: 27.62

35
Nebraska

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.6

Unfriendly rank: 38

Rude customer rank: 34

Rudeness Score: 28.33

34
Kansas

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.6

Unfriendly rank: 43

Rude customer rank: 27

Rudeness Score: 29.73

33
Indiana

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Rudest cities: Indianapolis

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.41

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 45

Rude customer rank: 11

Rudeness Score: 29.99

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Oregon

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Rudest cities: Portland

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.41

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.6

Unfriendly rank: 27

Rude customer rank: 38

Rudeness Score: 34.22

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New Hampshire

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 7

Rude customer rank: 44

Rudeness Score: 36.06

30
Pennsylvania

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Rudest cities: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Percentage of the state that's rude: 1.31

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 33

Rude customer rank: 22

Rudeness Score: 36.36

And for more areas that are having a tough time, This Is the Most Miserable State in the U.S.

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Arkansas

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 2

Rude customer rank: 43

Rudeness Score: 36.77

28
Georgia

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Rudest cities: Atlanta

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.44

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.4

Unfriendly rank: 35

Rude customer rank: 32

Rudeness Score: 38.51

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Florida

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Rudest cities: Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.52

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 9

Rude customer rank: 39

Rudeness Score: 39.41

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New Mexico

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.6

Unfriendly rank: 34

Rude customer rank: 2

Rudeness Score: 39.58

25
Nevada

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Rudest cities: Las Vegas

Percentage of the state that's rude: 1.68

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.6

Unfriendly rank: 8

Rude customer rank: 31

Rudeness Score: 41.46

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West Virginia

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 1.6

Unfriendly rank: 21

Rude customer rank: 12

Rudeness Score: 41.69

23
Maryland

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Rudest cities: Baltimore

Percentage of the state that's rude: 1.1

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 24

Rude customer rank: 16

Rudeness Score: 42.9

22
Connecticut

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Rudest cities: Hartford

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.11

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.1

Unfriendly rank: 13

Rude customer rank: 23

Rudeness Score: 43.35

21
Arizona

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Rudest cities: Phoenix

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.42

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 12

Rude customer rank: 29

Rudeness Score: 44.1

20
South Dakota

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 31

Rude customer rank: 13

Rudeness Score: 44.5

19
Ohio

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Rudest cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.46

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.3

Unfriendly rank: 40

Rude customer rank: 17

Rudeness Score: 44.9

18
Illinois

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Rudest cities: Chicago

Percentage of the state that's rude: 3.94

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 37

Rude customer rank: 18

Rudeness Score: 46.13

17
Michigan

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Rudest cities: Detroit

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.78

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 23

Rude customer rank: 15

Rudeness Score: 47.05

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Wyoming

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.8

Unfriendly rank: 46

Rude customer rank: 10

Rudeness Score: 48.02

And for more on the places that like to party, This Is the Drunkest State in America.

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Montana

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 2.6

Unfriendly rank: 15

Rude customer rank: 19

Rudeness Score: 48.02

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New Jersey

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.6

Unfriendly rank: 5

Rude customer rank: 35

Rudeness Score: 50.83

13
North Dakota

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 26

Rude customer rank: 7

Rudeness Score: 52.24

12
Delaware

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.2

Unfriendly rank: 3

Rude customer rank: 41

Rudeness Score: 52.24

11
Wisconsin

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Rudest cities: Milwaukee

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.15

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.8

Unfriendly rank: 25

Rude customer rank: 9

Rudeness Score: 56.82

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10
Idaho

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.9

Unfriendly rank: 36

Rude customer rank: 8

Rudeness Score: 57.16

9
California

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Rudest cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Riverside

Percentage of the state that's rude: 2.47

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 11

Rude customer rank: 21

Rudeness Score: 58.82

8
Rhode Island

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Rudest cities: Providence

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.26

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 10

Rude customer rank: 14

Rudeness Score: 59.17

7
Massachusetts

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Rudest cities: Boston

Percentage of the state that's rude: 1.5

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 4

Rude customer rank: 20

Rudeness Score: 62.13

6
Utah

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Rudest cities: Salt Lake City

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.1

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.6

Unfriendly rank: 19

Rude customer rank: 5

Rudeness Score: 62.32

5
Alaska

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 14

Rude customer rank: 3

Rudeness Score: 63.49

4
Iowa

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Rudest cities: N/A

Percentage of the state that's rude: N/A

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.1

Unfriendly rank: 22

Rude customer rank: 4

Rudeness Score: 64.19

3
Washington

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Rudest cities: Seattle

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.31

Percentage of rude drivers: 3.1

Unfriendly rank: 6

Rude customer rank: 6

Rudeness Score: 67.74

And for states that turn people away for other reasons, find out which is The Dirtiest State in the U.S.

2
Virginia

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Rudest cities: Virginia Beach, Richmond

Percentage of the state that's rude: 0.14

Percentage of rude drivers: 5

Unfriendly rank: 16

Rude customer rank: 1

Rudeness Score: 77.19

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New York

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Rudest cities: New York City, Buffalo

Percentage of the state that's rude: 14.79

Percentage of rude drivers: 4.5

Unfriendly rank: 1

Rude customer rank: 28

Rudeness Score: 100.05

And for states that aren't just ugly on the inside, read up on The Ugliest State in the U.S.

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