This Is the Worst State in the U.S., According to Americans

You might want to reconsider before moving or visiting this unpopular state.

Whether it's their stunning landscapes, robust city life, diverse population, or an ideal climate, each state in the U.S. has something special to offer. But some of those unique characteristics make a state more desirable, and others, less so. To determine what Americans think about all 50 U.S. states, YouGov conducted a new survey that asked 1,211 adults over the age of 18 from coast to coast to pick the better of two states in a sequence of head-to-head matchups. Based on the results of the survey, which was compiled between March 12 and March 15, 2021, each state was given a "win percentage." "States are rated based on their 'win percentage'—how often that state won the head-to-head matchup when it was one of the two states shown," YouGov notes. Those with the highest "win percentage" were deemed the most popular or best states, and those with the lowest have the unfortunate honor of besting the least popular or worst states, according to Americans. Read on to find out where your state ranks and to learn what Americans think is the worst state in the U.S. And to see which state is charging a fortune, check out This State Has the Highest Taxes in America, According to Data.

50
Hawaii

stairway to heaven, haiku stairs in hawaii
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Win percentage: 69 percent

49
Colorado

red rocks amphitheater, near denver colorado
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Win percentage: 65.4 percent

48
Virginia

james river skyline, richmond, virginia
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Win percentage: 64.1 percent

47
Nevada

hotels and casinos in las vegas, nevada
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Win percentage: 61.4 percent

46
North Carolina

north carolina, outerbanks, lighthouse
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Win percentage: 61.3 percent

45
Florida

boat in water, cape coral, florida, canal, palm trees
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Win percentage: 60.7 percent

And for the cities that pose a risk, check out This Is the Most Dangerous City in America, According to Data.

44
Arizona

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Win percentage: 60 percent

43
New York

new york city, central park, lake, bridge
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Win percentage: 58.9 percent

42
Georgia

historic district, savannah, Georgia, skyline
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Win percentage: 57.9 percent

41
Texas

The skyline of El Paso, Texas at dusk.
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Win percentage: 57.7 percent

And for the state that has another unfortunate title, check out This Is the Greediest State in America, According to Data.

40
Maine

Lighthouse in Portland, Maine during the evening
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Win percentage: 57.3 percent

39
California

bixby bridge, sunset, california
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Win percentage: 57 percent

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38
Alaska

a man hiking in alaska duringthe summer
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Win percentage: 56.9 percent

37
Vermont

Vermont
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Win percentage: 56.1 percent

36
Washington

diablo lake, Washington state, scenery
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Win percentage: 55.6 percent

35
Oregon

skyline, portland, oregon, mountains, city
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Win percentage: 55.5 percent

34
Pennsylvania

street view, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Win percentage: 55 percent

33
Montana

Montana landscape
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Win percentage: 54.9 percent

32
New Hampshire

river in new hampshire, pemigewasset
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Win percentage: 54.5 percent

31
Michigan

downtown Detroit Michigan
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Win percentage: 53.7 percent

30
Tennessee

lower broadway area, nashville, Tennessee, street
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Win percentage: 53.1 percent

29
Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park wyoming
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Win percentage: 52.8 percent

28
Connecticut

mystic, connecticut, port, boat
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Win percentage: 51.3 percent

27
Minnesota

Minnesota, downtown Minneapolis
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Win percentage: 50.8 percent

26
Rhode Island

Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island at sunset
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Win percentage: 49.6 percent

25
Maryland

annapolis, maryland
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Win percentage: 48.7 percent

24
Utah

zion national park, utah
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Win percentage: 48.2 percent

23
New Mexico

ancient dwellings of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo in New Mexico
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Win percentage: 47.7 percent

22
South Carolina

greenville, south carolina, city view
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Win percentage: 47.4 percent

21
Louisiana

cityscape photos of bars and restaurants on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana at twilight
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Win percentage: 46.7 percent

20
Massachusetts

public garden boston, massachusetts
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Win percentage: 46.4 percent

19
Delaware

cityscape photo of Wilmington, Delaware
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Win percentage: 46.2 percent

18
Ohio

columbus, ohio, grass, city
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Win percentage: 45 percent

17
Nebraska

national historic park, chimney rock, nebraska
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Win percentage: 44.8 percent

16
Oklahoma

quanah parker dam, wichita refuge, oklahoma
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Win percentage: 44.7 percent

15
West Virginia

west virginia, grist mill, trees
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Win percentage: 44.6 percent

14
North Dakota

north dakota, bridge, water
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Win percentage: 44.3 percent

13
Wisconsin

cityscape photos of buildings and house in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin at night
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Win percentage: 44.2 percent

12
Illinois

southern illinois, garden of gods, rocks
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Win percentage: 43.9 percent

11
Idaho

river, water fall, snake river, idaho
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Win percentage: 42.9 percent

10
Kansas

midwest prairie in kansas, church and sunset
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Win percentage: 42.3 percent

9
Kentucky

farm house in kentucky, grass
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Win percentage: 41.9 percent

8
Missouri

cityscape photo of St. Louis, Missouri at dusk
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Win percentage: 41.9 percent

7
South Dakota

mount rushmore, presidents, rock, south dakota
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Win percentage: 40.2 percent

6
Indiana

the Monument Circle and downtown area of Indianapolis, Indiana at night
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Win percentage: 39.5 percent

5
Iowa

rural iowa, hot air balloon
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Win percentage: 39.2 percent

4
Arkansas

kayaker in ponco river in arkansas
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Win percentage: 38.9 percent

3
New Jersey

Atlantic City boardwalk and ferris wheel in new Jersey
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Win percentage: 38.8 percent

And for the state that's all about itself, check out This Is the Most Selfish State in America, According to Data

2
Mississippi

biloxi lighthouse in mississippi
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Win percentage: 37.8 percent

1
Alabama

birmingham, alabama, skyline
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Win percentage: 37.5 percent

And if you're wondering which state is filled with the most hate, check out This Is the Most Hateful State in America, According to Data.

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