I am from New Jersey.
New Jersey is ranked 48th in this poll. At least we beat out Mississippi, Alabama, and the District of Columbia!
Obviously these people have never experienced a sunset at the Jersey shore, wandered along the Cohansey River in Cumberland County, hiked through the Pine Barrens or the Delaware Water Gap, visited dozens of Revolutionary War sites, toured Princeton, or had breakfast at a diner. And we have Bruce Springsteen!
Or how about something a little more upbeat:
Here is how this poll works:
There are endless rankings of the US states: whether they are the best places to live, the best places to do business, how much fun they are. Such judgements are made by economists, companies, and journalists – but what do Americans themselves think?
We asked people to choose the better of two states in a series of head-to-head matchups. States are rated based on their “win percentage”, that is: how often that state won the head-to-head matchup when it was one of the two states shown.
All 50 states were shown, in addition to Washington, D.C., but territories were not included.
Hawaii, which is well-known for its beautiful beaches and warm weather, took the top spot by winning 69% of its matchups. With its scenic mountains, hiking paths, and recreational marijuana industry, Colorado took second place with 65% of matches won.
And the rankings:
Read the rest here. I am glad to see my adopted home, Pennsylvania, finished in the top 20.