Smiling Faces: The States With The Friendliest People

Wherever we go, we hope to encounter generous and friendly people. Some places leave lasting impressions on visitors, and that’s thanks to the kindness of locals.

People in these states seem to be friendlier than others, and some may even surprise you.

1. Vermont

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Sometimes, overly friendly locals can be too much for some travelers, which makes visiting Vermont a great destination. Visitors to Vermont noted that locals are nice and welcoming, but they won’t bombard you with their presence. This is a win-win type of situation.

2. Alaska

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Besides the beautiful outdoors and wildlife found in Alaska, Alaskans are some of the friendliest folks. Many are indigenous Native Americans, eager to share their culture with you, speak with strangers, or help in any way. You may not find many people living in the Great White North, but the ones you meet will make your time there worth the trip.

3. Texas

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including the hearts of the vast majority of locals. Politics aside, Texas can be a great place to grow up and raise a family. Since family is at the heart of many communities, this lends itself to how people treat one another, whether as locals or travelers passing through.

4. Hawai`i

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“Live Aloha” isn’t just a catchphrase used in the tourist industry — it’s a way of life on the islands. The Aloha Spirit means living with love and gratitude and treating others with respect and kindness. Across the board, visitors to Hawai`i say they’ve met some of the nicest people in the Aloha State.

5. Indiana

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Being kind to others is a part of everyday life in Indiana. There is even a phrase to describe it: Hoosier Hospitality. It means being genuine and welcoming to new friends as if they are your family, and after a few hours talking with locals, you’ll feel as if you’re part of the family.

6. South Dakota

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Compared to other states, South Dakota has a relatively small population. This works in its favor as the community becomes a focal point and strength of local towns. Residents are more than willing to help visitors and make them feel at home during their stay.

7. Maine

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If you don’t mind cold weather, then Maine is a lovely place to visit. It’s a beautiful destination to see, but the people there are more than willing to lend a helping hand. A vacationer who needed to replace snowmobile parts was offered the use of a local repair shop instead of being stuck out in the snow. Talk about generosity.

8. Wyoming

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People in Wyoming are known to strike up conversations and say hello to you, and help you when you need it. A recent transplant to Jackson Hole was in a car wreck, and many passing cars stopped to assist. If that isn’t the definition of helping your neighbor, we don’t know what is.

9. Georgia

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Southern charm and manners are abundant in the Peach State, as many visitors experience kindness and courtesy from locals. From strangers helping each other with car trouble to offering restaurant recommendations to out-of-towners, travelers have come out of Georgia feeling the warmth of its people.

10. Oklahoma

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Many people find the Southwest to be some of the friendliest states, and Oklahoma deserves a spot on our list. Many locals are quick to start a conversation with you to help out anyone in need, even if they’re a stranger you just met on the street.

11. Tennessee

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Did you know that Tennesseeans have a reputation for being a friendly bunch? Locals recommend visiting smaller, unique towns like Chatanooga or McMinnville. If you end up in a locally owned diner instead of a chain restaurant, you’ll meet some of the nicest folks in town.

12. Minnesota

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Some people may consider “Minnesota Nice” as a bad stereotype, but it stems from the polite, if reserved attitude of local Minnesotans. Visitors often equate it to the Midwest version of Southern Hospitality.

13. Wisconsin

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The people of Wisconsin take the Golden Rule seriously — treat others how you would like to be treated. Families who have moved to Wisconsin love living there, in part due to how welcoming locals were and continue to be.

14. North Carolina

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Another state that abides by Southern Hospitality is North Carolina. It’s typical to walk into the post office or grocery store and be greeted by name if you’re a regular. Life in the Tarheel State is laid-back, relatively safe, and centered around a deep sense of community.

15. Colorado

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You may come for the stunning Rocky Mountains and outdoor adventures, but you’ll stay for the progressive atmosphere and kindness of the locals. That’s how many visitors to Colorado feel after visiting. Some even return to live permanently. It’s proof that Colorado has some of the nicest people you’ll meet in the U.S.

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