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Old 06-02-2008, 10:17 PM
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Originally Posted by Happy Katthy View Post
I've lived in PA, NJ, ND, IN, IL, and WA. Although a number of postings point out the rather abrupt style of east coast city dwellers, many of these do not point out that it is much easier to make and keep friends in cities such as Philadelphia- especially when you are a sports fan of the home team! I found living in IL was nice as well, although I lived in the southern part and there was some pervasive racism that was unpleasant. IN was awful- dirty, and I had bad experiences with aggressive, knuckle-dragging men. ND was a different experience; yes, locals were reluctant to make friends and were suspicious of outsiders but once I joined local activities they were very friendly, generous, and a lot of fun. They have a self-effacing humor about themselves that is truly delightful and endearing. I will treasure the friends I made there forever.
WA is another story. People in the Seattle-Tacoma area are accomodating but not engaging. There is a social phenomenon called Seattle Freeze that makes it difficult if not impossible to make friends. If you are interested in finding out more about it, see the documentary on you tube:
YouTube - The Seattle Freeze
It is very difficult to deal with and if you expect to make friends, think again. You will be very alone for a very long time. There is actually a support group for people who are "outsiders" (i.e. people who move there from other parts of the country) who feel the effect of the freeze.
I share this because I don't want people to think the people match the beautiful scenery, because they don't. If you choose to move to the Seattle/Tacoma area, you should know what you are in for. Best of luck.
Portland is much the same, it must be a Pacific Northwest thing, not really all that friendly, actually very cold shouldered area of the country. However the scenery is beautiful. Im guessing the dreary weather here must have some type of an affect on people here. My vote for friendliest places, the midwest and several of the southern states. The northeast also has some areas I would call friendly, in areas away from the big cities.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:24 PM
Location: West Hollywood
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No particular order

South Carolina
New Mexico
Nevada (nobody ever mentions Las Vegas Natives as friendly... I thought outside of the casinos people were awesome!)
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:48 PM
Location: Kauai, HI
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The obvious choice should be Hawaii- the land of Aloha!

Honestly though, the people in Hawaii are truly amazing and special. I've lived here for a about a year now and cannot even begin to describe the kindness and hospitality that has been bestowed upon me. The first day I moved here, I had quite a few coworkers offering me help with moving things into a new apartment, and making sure I had enough food while I was in the process of moving. I have truly become part of the ohana at work and I can say that the people here really care about the inside more than anything. Obviously Hawaii is not without its exceptions and without its problems, but nothing is perfect.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:28 PM
Location: Mn
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I think that the wyoming people are very friendly and of course Minnesota cuz I am from their
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:44 AM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Originally Posted by GreggB View Post
I have been in 44 of the 48 contintenal states. (OTR Driver). The people in South Dakota are the Friendliest I have ever encountered. I would imagine that the lower "Stress" levels associated with living there has some bearing on that.
Oh yes! Come visit again and enjoy some SD hospitality!
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:50 AM
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I always found northern Californians to be exceedingly friendly.
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