Ohio Ranked as 11th Friendliest State, Minnesota Takes Top Spot


More than a million people in Big 7 Travel’s “social audience” were asked for their opinion on the “friendliest states in America.” Ohio rated a very friendly 11 out of 50.

“From strangers helping you find your way when your phone doesn’t work to making new best friends in a local bar, these are the states across the USA where you’ll be made to feel the most (and least!) welcome,” wrote Big 7 Travel.

About Ohio, the travel site said, “Ohio is a classic example of Midwestern manners and a genuinely positive attitude towards other people. Locals are open-minded and will eagerly share their favorite place to eat or drink with out-of-towners. It’s a great place for families too, with lots of kid-centric activities.”

Several locations were mentioned as “The Most Instagrammable Spots in Ohio.” Included in the list are the National Air Force Museum, The Wilds, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and the Lorain Harbor Lighthouse.

Minnesota found itself at the top of the list as the friendliest state in the nation, while New York was ranked at the very bottom.

“And the winner out of all the friendliest states in America? Minnesota takes top spot, thanks to its extraordinarily friendly residents,” the travel site says of Minnesota. “It’s called ‘Minnesota Nice’ for a reason – the atmosphere in the Twin Cities and beyond is hard to match, with a homey feel and locals who go the extra mile to welcome tourists.”

New York, on the other hand, was described as, “Locals might seem a bit gruff at first (even upstate!), but it’s a melting pot of many cultures and the neighborhoods in each borough of NYC have a community feel if you manage to stick it out for long enough.”

Only one of Ohio’s neighboring states was voted as more friendly. Indiana came in at number six.

Michigan found itself in the bottom half of the friendly pool at 28th. “Michiganders like to think of themselves as a friendly bunch, but Detroit and Ann Arbor in particular can be hard nuts to crack. In general, people here have a good sense of humor and are easy-going with Midwest politeness.”

One Ohioan, upon hearing the news about his state being ranked higher than Michigan, said, “No surprise about that ‘State Up North.’ I’m just happy we beat them again! Go Bucks!”

The top five, after Minnesota, include Tennessee at number 2, South Carolina in 3rd, Texas is 4th and Wyoming as the 5th.

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Beth Lear is a reporter at The Ohio Star.  Follow Beth on Twitter.  Email tips to bethlearreports@gmail.com.
Photo “Ohio Welcome Sign” by ohio.org.








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