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View Poll Results: The friendliest states, in your experience (vote up to five)
Texas 32 15.61%
Oklahoma 4 1.95%
Georgia 11 5.37%
Alabama 4 1.95%
Tennessee 12 5.85%
Mississippi 1 0.49%
Arkansas 2 0.98%
Louisiana 10 4.88%
Florida 3 1.46%
South Carolina 5 2.44%
North Carolina 16 7.80%
Virginia 4 1.95%
West Virginia 5 2.44%
Kentucky 5 2.44%
Kansas 5 2.44%
Indiana 5 2.44%
Minnesota 12 5.85%
Wisconsin 10 4.88%
Michigan 4 1.95%
New York 10 4.88%
Wyoming 3 1.46%
Utah 0 0%
Colorado 5 2.44%
Hawaii 8 3.90%
Others (list as many as you want) 29 14.15%
Voters: 205. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Oregon, Virginia
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:18 PM
 
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I'm giving a vote for Virginia. Even in non-southern Northern Virginia people are much friendlier and more polite than the rest of the DC area.
And for a second, I thought I was the only one who realized this.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Where's Iowa? I found the people there to be really, really warm and hospitable.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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All the southern states, in particular Alabama. Except that I felt a bit uncomfortable in Kentucky.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Wisconsin. People in Wisconsin were very nice, friendly, talkative, and very genuine in their demeanor.

The Southern states and the cities in them with the exception of Miami are friendly too, their slow-paced lifestyle keeps the people calm, patient, and willing to give a helping hand. The only issue with some areas of the South is that sometimes, it just felt as though people tried too hard to be friendly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can be a bit odd and annoying to an outsider who isn't used to it. Still, being too friendly is far better than being unfriendly.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Where's Iowa? I found the people there to be really, really warm and hospitable.

I listed Iowa and I found them hospitable also.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Wisconsin. People in Wisconsin were very nice, friendly, talkative, and very genuine in their demeanor.

The Southern states and the cities in them with the exception of Miami are friendly too, their slow-paced lifestyle keeps the people calm, patient, and willing to give a helping hand. The only issue with some areas of the South is that sometimes, it just felt as though people tried too hard to be friendly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it can be a bit odd and annoying to an outsider who isn't used to it. Still, being too friendly is far better than being unfriendly.

All midwest states are reasonably friendly (outside of big cities like Chicago). Ia, Ill, Ind, Mi, Mn, Oh are all friendly. The south is also friendly, and they are more open. Midwest people are nice but reserved, while southerners will open right up with a stranger. Im not sure if that actually makes them nicer, but it is a difference between the two regions.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:24 PM
 
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North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Virginia
South Carolina
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Definately NOT Pennsylvania...seriously, the eastern half is 100% stereotypical East Coast and the western half, although very laid back and informal, is dotted with disgruntled ex-union workers from decades past who carry a chip on their shoulders and live in a bubble. The central portion of the state is similar to the western half, except that it doesn't have anything in the way of a major city to fall back on. Yes, there are many exceptions to this and the younger generations are much different in terms of behavior and personality, but PA is a state that's dominated by older populations and the majority of them just so happen to be very ticked and not exactly "welcoming" from my 24 years of experience. It can get very depressing and scary depending on where you are...some rural locations can be very nice, I agree with the poster who mentioned the Poconos area and Dutch PA, but overall it's a no go when looking at the big picture.

Neighboring West Virginia is a mixed bag. Overall, it's very friendly...if you're from WV/PA/OH/VA. Very open and "simple" people(I mean that in a good way) who care about others...but they're very insular and not receptive to outsiders. I'd almost compare the way that a West Virginian acts towards a fellow West Virginian to the personality of a native Texan, but with a few differences. However, that over the top friendliness gets dilluted a little when dealing with people from outside of state...and it usually goes away entirely when dealing with people from outside of the region.

Texas is a no-brainer...over the top and in your face friendly, to the point where it can actually rub you the wrong way. Texas is the clear winner in my book. NC/SC/TN/etc are also good picks from what I've experienced personally.

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Old 07-10-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Minnesotans are the most friendly, unless we don't know you or you are kinda funny lookin'
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