6. 1 fun thing: American states, ranked by Americans
A new survey of Americans reveals their favorite — and least favorite — U.S. states.
The big winner: Hawaii, no surprise. I mean, seriously, look at this place.
The big losers: The 705,749 residents of Washington, D.C., which was included on the list despite not being a state ... and finished dead last.
How it works: YouGov asked respondents to pick the better of two states in a series of head-to-head matches, then ranked them based on their winning percentage.
- Colorado came in second, winning 65% of its matchups — a result YouGov attributed to its "scenic mountains, hiking paths, and recreational marijuana industry."
My thought bubble: One could argue that "scenic mountains" and "hiking paths" are essentially the same thing, but these kinds of fine distinctions may be lost after you've sampled the Centennial State's recreational marijuana industry.
Details: After Washington, D.C., the bottom rankings were dominated by Southern and Midwestern states like Alabama and Kansas, though New Jersey made a strong showing at #48, presumably for being New Jersey.
The bottom line: Respondents living in the state of their birth chose them 81% of the time in head-to-head matchups, reinforcing the idea that for most Americans, there's no place like home.
- With the exception of Hawaii.