Virginia at No. 3, North Carolina at No. 5 in poll of best states; New Jersey near bottom


(NEXSTAR/WAVY) – What’s the best state in the U.S.?

According to a survey conducted by data analytics firm YouGov, Hawaii, the land of beaches and warm weather, takes the top spot.

Hawaii was followed by Colorado, Virginia, Nevada and North Carolina.

The survey polled 1,211 American adults and asked them to choose the better of two states from a list of all 50 states in a “head-to-head matchup.”

Hawaii won “best state” in 69% of the matchups. Virginia won 64% and North Carolina won 61%.

The top ten best states include:

  • Hawaii
  • Colorado
  • Virginia
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Florida
  • Arizona
  • New York
  • Georgia
  • Texas

The bottom of the list included New Jersey, Mississippi and Alabama. Lastly, written in italics for its lack of statehood, is the District of Columbia.

WAVY’s Jersey natives Madison Glassman and Steve Fundaro were not pleased about the Garden State’s results. It won just 39% of matchups.

See where your state ranks by clicking here.

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