Of course, an entire state full of thousands of people is impossible to narrow down into one single picture, but we think we’ve done a pretty good job with these. What do you think?
We’ll start off in the deep South, in the land of pick-up trucks, corn fields, and butter and grits. We’re talking about none other than sweet home Alabama. If you’re confused about this picture, you are probably from up North. But this man, decked out in ‘Bama gear, and ready to sit in his redneck pool chair, knows exactly how to own his state-pride.
If you’re from Arkansas, we’d be willing to bet that you’ve had a hunting license since before you could walk and talk. In high school, you were probably stealing moonshine out of your parents’ liquor cabinet. And you’ve most likely mastered a perfect spittoon hit with your chewing tobacco. Not to mention, you go crazy over some fried catfish and sweet tea. Are we right or are we right?
Yes we know, Alaska is technically connected to Canada, but this state is 100% red, white, and blue. Well, actually, it’s mostly just white, as it’s freezing and covered in snow for at least half of the year. Alaska is so far up there, that it’s not uncommon to run into grizzly bears and moose casually walking around the shopping center parking lot. One thing is definitely for sure, Alaska will never live down the Sarah Palin jokes.
Probably the opposite of Alaska, at least in terms of weather, Arizona has a reputation for being extremely hot. After all, it is mostly desert, rattlesnakes, and forest fires. Right? No, not exactly. Arizona is also known for its hot sauce (a strange choice for a place hotter than Hades) and figuring out genius ways to avoid burning themselves on their hot steering wheels. In short: Arizona. Is. Really. Hot. But at least they have The Grand Canyon.
This one is tough. Because, as any Californian will tell you, SoCal and NorCal are two different worlds. In the South, you’ve got Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. People are fashion forward, and running into a celebrity is as casual as grabbing your morning Starbucks. Up North you have Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and the Silicon Valley. Hiking and camping are a part of the deal, as the nature up there is stunning. There is one thing that everyone in the state has in common, that West Coast chill.
Rocky Mountain High. That’s what kind of life you’ll be living if you are from Colorado. These folks are some of the most laid back people you can find. Not only is every one from Colorado a little bit of a hippie, but marijuana is also legal there, so you can understand just how chilled out they really are. With their absolutely stunning nature, you’ll find most Coloradans, in winter or summer, on hikes and ski trips through their beautiful mountains.
Connecticut. The ultra rich next door neighbor of New York City. This tiny state is full of wealthy, WASP-y, Yale-y libertarians. They love their yachts, their boating shoes, and their J Crew collard shirts. Connecticut is such a small state, that most everyone knows each other. This can be nice, if you like that sort of thing. But this can also mean that everyone and their mother (literally) knows your business sometimes before you do.
Delaware is probably most well known for being the first state and for it’s no-tax approach on goods. That’s right, you can go to Delaware and go on a shopping spree, tax free. Delaware can be split into two halves. The southern half of Delaware is referred to as the “Slower and Lower” half. If this sounds a bit redneck-ish to you, you are correct. You’ll find lots of pick-ups and a slower take on life. The North, however, is much more “northern-minded”, and many even claim to be from Philly.
Florida is definitely a strange candidate for being home to the happiest place on Earth (Disney World), because the remainder of the Sunshine State is anything but. You’ve got tourists in Key West, Cubans in Miami, retired Jewish people in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, and then the rest of the state is basically one big red-neck haven. There are alligators running around golf courses, and people who look like this.
This state is known for its sweet southern hospitality. Of course you have Atlanta, the capital and business hub of the southern state. Many super famous artists have come out of Atlanta (Ray Charles, Outkast, etc). Then you’ve got sleepy Savannah, a town stuck in the 18th century, with all of its beauty and grandeur, while retaining its quiet, slow moving atmosphere. Georgia is also known for its peaches, sweet tea, and barbecue.
Like Alaska, people seem to have a hard time with Hawaii being part of the United States. This state is made up of a cluster of islands, some with active volcanoes. Although many of the islands (especially Waikiki and Honolulu) are breaming with tourists at beach resorts, Hawaii actually has its own rich culture separate from a flower necklace. They love hula dance, surfing, and even have their own delicious local dishes like Poke and Malasadas.
No, YOU da hoe. We know, Idaho locals have never heard that one before. Aside from this hilarious joke that never gets old, and of course, potatoes, Idaho is not really known for many other things. Let’s see… There are lots of farms and agriculture going on in Idaho. Many people have a hunting license and a gun license. But mostly, people in Idaho enjoy their isolation and their privacy. To each their own.
Everybody knows what about Chicago, but many people often forget that it is a city in Illinois. Aside from Chicago, which is the cultural and business hub of the midwest, Illinois doesn’t have so much to offer besides farmland and agriculture. It’s almost uncanny how different the rest of the state is when you leave Chicago. Outside of the big city, things start to slow down, with almost a southern approach to life.
Indiana locals are often referred to a Hoosiers. Why? There is a lot of speculation, but no one is completely sure where it originates from. The people of Indiana (plus their college basketball team) have welcomed the nickname with open arms. The people of Indiana are famous for a few things. Their addiction to their college sports teams, growing mass quantities of corn, and being religious enough to actually keep liquor stores closed on Sundays.
This is another midwestern state, sometimes referred to as a fly-over state. While there definitely are many MANY cornfields and farms here, Iowa does have some culture to offer. Iowa City, for example, is like the Austin, Texas of the midwest. It has all of the hippies and farmers markets you could ever want. Iowa is also really beautiful, with lots of stunning nature to discover.
“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto.” Another “never gets old” quote we’re going to throw at you. Aside from The Wizard of Oz, Kansas locals also like to claim that they own Superman, as Clark Kent hailed from Smallville, a fictional but typically of a real rural city in Kansas. Kansas is a conservative, Red State, meaning it is chock full of Bible Thumpers, churches, and debates about whether or not evolution should be taught in public schools.
To the rest of the planet, Kentucky is probably best known for the Colonel’s chicken (KFC). Aside from that, Kentucky is the state known for having fields of bluegrass, a luscious, deep green type of grass that is both aesthetically pleasing and soft to the touch. Kentucky is also famous for its annual Kentucky Derby, where rich upper class people wear enormous hats and bet on racing horses.
Louisiana, specifically New Orleans, is most famous for its annual Mardi Gras celebrations. There are beads and boobies galore, not to mention everyone is in costume drinking their faces off. But Louisiana also has a reputation for being die-hard Saints fans, as well as perfecting the art of southern home cooking. Almost everyone in Louisiana can play an instrument, after all, it is the birth place of Jazz.
If you’re a lover of all things seafood, Maine is the place for you. These people are total seafood snobs, as they consider seafood to be fine dining. In the Summer they have mild weather, great for boating, hiking, and fishing. But in the Winter, you’d better hold onto your hat, because it’s the second snowiest state in the US (obviously, since it’s so close to Canada). But the people of Maine are very prepared for the nasty weather, so you’ll be fine.
Maryland sits directly under the Mason-Dixon line (the line that divides the North from the South) on the South side, but they do not consider themselves as southerners. Marylanders are actually quite similar to their neighboring states in the Northeast. They are die-hard crab and sea food fans, especially with old bay seasoning. And even bigger sports fans. They also have a strange obsessive love for their state flag.
You can recognize someone from Massachusetts almost immediately from their accent. “Car” becomes “cah”, and “smart” becomes “smaht”…making a Smart Car into a “Smaht Cah.” The most famous city in Massachusetts is Boston, home of the Red Sox and clam chowdah. In addition, Harvard, one of the most famous universities in the world is located there. This small state has a really big presence in the world, giving us the celebrity bromance that is Mark Wahlberg and Ben Affleck.
Michigan is a bit of a conflicting place. On one hand, you think simple farm people who like huntin’ and fishin’ and on the other hand, you think of Eminem in 8-mile, Welcome to Detroit! Well, Michigan offers a bit of both worlds. Because Detroit is the home base for the American automotive industry, many people are employed by General Motors, Ford, or Chrysler. Oh yea, and the state is shaped like a glove; locals just use their hand as a map.
When we think of people from Minnesota, we think of two things: their accents and how freakin’ nice they are! These people, despite their frozen weather for much of the year, are some of the friendliest, warmest people you will ever meet. They border Canada, and therefore exhibit many of the same mannerisms as Canadians do, at least in terms of friendliness. But don’t ever try to talk smack about the Vikings, or they might just turn on you.
We all know how to spell m-i-ss-i-ss-i-pp-i thanks to that rhyme from elementary school. Mississippi is located in the deep South, and therefore acts as such. The dixie state sits right on the Bible Belt, so you can expect many, many churches on almost every road. In contrast, however, Mississippi has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the US. The locals proudly display the Confederate flag on everything they own, which continues to cause problems with the progressive public.
Missouri has two big cities: Salt Lake City and Kansas City. Outside of those two cities you will find what is basically a jumble of midwestern and southern cultures. In some parts of the state you’ve got sweet tea drinking, Confederate flag waiving, barbecuing honkytonks, while a few miles away you will find liberal, plaid wearing lumberjack people who would much rather order a pizza than go out frog hunting.
If you are vegan, vegetarian, basically anything other than a die-hard carnivore, Montana is NOT the place for you. The people here love hunting season more than Christmas, and would rather go out and kill and cook their own meal than go to a restaurant and have someone make it for them. Montanans are extremely thick skinned, and can deal with any type of weather. But it is also home to Yellowstone Park and National Glacier Park, so some uncomfortable weather is worth it.
It’s no secret that Nebraska loves its corn to the point of obsession. Corn on the cob, corn fritters, corn chowder, and corn pudding are just some of the food staples of the Nebraskan diet. They even have ice cream shops with “corny” flavors. Aside from corn, however, they LOVE their meat. And their Kool-aid. Which isn’t really a surprise seeing as a large chunk of the people are employed as truckers, and they need to keep their energy up.
For anyone not from Nevada, Las Vegas is the first thing they think of when they hear this state’s name. However, for local Nevadans, they tend to avoid the famous strip, as it is considered a tourist trap. That doesn’t mean that locals don’t know how to party. They have access to alcohol 24/7 and public intoxication is perfectly legal. One of the most famous sites in Nevada is Lake Tahoe which is also a great place for hiking, water-skiing especially to have a great time.
New Hampshire is equipped with some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable, especially in the fall. In fact, it’s so beautiful in the fall, that many out-of-staters come from all over to watch the leaves change colors and admire the breathtaking views. This phenomenon has caused New Hampshire locals to start referring to these tourists as “Flatlanders” (as they come from flat places to see New Hampshire’s gorgeous mountains).
New Jersey, while very small, is actually split up into two very different places. You’ve got Central and North Jersey (the further North you go, the more they think they are actually New Yorkers), and then you’ve got South Jersey. The North is pretty and green, with a lot of wealthy families living in their mansions. South Jersey, which has its own accent, is home to the Jersey Shore and all of its Guido following.
New Mexico is a very unique type of place. It shares a border with neighboring country, Mexico, has a rich Native American heritage, and yet is still part of the United States. The people of New Mexico speak at least a little bit of Spanish (or Spanglish), and they have an absolute obsession with green chillies. Also, if you’ve ever wanted to see a cowboy, New Mexico is the place to go.
The Big Apple. When you think of NYC, you think Times Square, Broadway, and Madison Square Garden. But New York State is an enormous piece of land, with the tiny city at the very tail end of the bottom. The rest of the state consists of cities, large and small, with suburbs, rural areas, and other big cities like Albany and Buffalo. There is also a catastrophic never-ending war within the state between Yankees and Mets fans.
North Carolina is officially in the South, and they sure act like it. They’ve got insanely good barbecue, will only drink sweet tea, and live for a dip in the local swimming hole. These people would eat biscuits for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if they could. They aren’t completely one sided though, just look at how hippie Ashville is. And, as you can probably guess, there is a dead serious rivalry with their southern counterpart, South Carolina.
This is one of the most North states you can get to in the US, until you hit the Canadian border. But you might get confused as to when you’ve left North Dakota and entered Canada, because the two are very similar in terms of weather, living off the land, and general friendliness. But did you know that North Dakota has a very large Scandinavian population as well? It is mostly reflected in their foods. Also, this state definitely loves Jesus.
Oklahoma has made it their mission to prove the world that absolutely any food substance can be deep fried. Pickles, Oreos, butter…anything goes. They are also known for their insanely bipolar weather, which can go from sunny, to snowing, to tornadoes in a matter of a few hours. Speaking of tornados, Oklahoma has some of the most natural disasters in the USA, so this state is very much prepared for anything that comes its way.
In Ohio, you are either from one of the big C’s (Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Columbus) or you are from a suburb near one of those cities, so you would probably just name the big C you’re closest to. People in Ohio are very proud of the 8 presidents and the 25 astronauts that were born in their state. They also enjoy chili on top of noodles, buckeye candies, and cheap beer.
It’s no secret that the people here are a bit..well..wacky. In this rainy state, you’ll find lumberjack dressing, local grown coffee drinking, hippie liberal galore. They love their bicycles, local grown produce, and just making the world a better place. The more rural Oregonians are much less liberal however, you might even find some republicans in the mix. One thing’s for sure, all of them absolutely love their exquisite natural views.
Everyone knows that Pennsylvania (called PA) consists of Philly on one end, Pittsburg on the right, and Amish country in the middle. Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, is an ultra liberal cheesesteak and soft pretzel loving haven, while Pittsburg is the industrial end. Middle Pennsylvania is home to the Pennsylvania Dutch, or the amish. So it’s not uncommon to see more horse and buggies on the road than cars. But their pies? To die for.
Rhode Island is probably most famous for being the home of the cartoon Griffin family from Family Guy. The tiny state is the smallest one in the US, so any drive that’s longer than 20 minutes is considered a road trip. The people of Rhode Island love their beaches, and basically live there all summer, but their North East winter is a harsh one, but they’re pretty much used to it by now. They have an excellent seafood cuisine as well.
We’ve already talked about North Carolina, so we couldn’t miss South Carolina. While the two are pretty similar (sorry guys), we won’t play down South Carolina’s awesomeness. They love their biscuits, their barbecue, and their sweet tea. These guys are a little bit deeper south than their northern neighbor, so you will probably find an even higher frequency of pick-up trucks riddled with rebel flags and bodiless game trophies.
South Dakota is pretty much only known for being home to the famous Mount Rushmore. The state is so sparsely populated, that you’ve got to drive at lest 20 minutes from one farm to another to see another human being. Although, you don’t have to go very far to see a whole lot of buffalo roaming around freely. It’s a bit sad that the best thing they’ve got going for them is that “at least they’re not North Dakota.”
Tennessee. You’re probably already thinking about Nashville’s country music scene, and you’d be right to. This state is very proud of its musical heritage, but it’s not just country and cowboys there. They also have some killer barbecue, and of course, some even better Tennessee whiskey (which is not the same as regular whiskey, just ask Jack Daniels). You’ll also find that this state starts dipping into the deep South, so get ready for Jesus preaching and rebel flags.
“Everything’s bigger in Texas.” A truer statement has never been said. Everything, the buildings, the meals, the attitudes, and the people just seem to have a bigger presence than anywhere else in the country. These people take food and freedom very seriously, and are 100% American bred. While most of the state consists of bleeding red republicans, you can head over to Austin and find a whole slew of craft beer brewing, organic produce loving hippies.
Utah, where you can have as many wives as your heart desires..as long as you’re a practicing Mormon. Although it does have the reputation for polygamy, Utahans do not all have a million wives. They do, however, have a million babies. Families in Utah get very big, very quickly. They also have some strange culinary preferences, like fry sauce (it’s basically ketchup and mayo) and green jello with shredded carrots. We have no comment on that last one.
If you aren’t importing your maple syrup from Canada, you are probably getting it from Vermont. The people of Vermont have an uncanny tolerance to the cold weather, and you might even see them wearing t-shirts in the dead of winter eating a creemee (a ice cream cone). They love their craft beer and hard cider, and are always up for a naked dip in the lake (yes, this is something socially acceptable here).
Virginia is basically the gateway between the North and the South, despite what the Mason-Dixon line says. It is home to beautiful beaches, friendly people, and a whole lot of Civil War battles. In fact, it was so affected by the Civil War, that half the people seem to still think it’s going on. They have annual Civil War reenactments, costumes, flags and all. And they take them very very seriously.
Not to be confused with Washington D.C., Washing state is located at the tippy top left corner of the country, and shares a border with Canada. This state is pretty similar to Oregon (sorry, but you know it’s true). It’s always raining, and it’s full of hippies. Washington, especially Seattle, is all about locally grown produce, nature hikes, smoking the herb, craft beer, and of course, composting everything.
Wait, isn’t this just the western part of Virginia? Nope, actually West Virginia is a state all its own. Often referred to as “mountain people” who love the banjo and pepperoni rolls, the people of West Virginia take full advantage of the nature that surrounds them. Swimming, kayaking, and hiking are some of their favorite activities. They also have a deep connection with their families, and tend to be very close.
The cheesehead people. Wisconsin people absolutely love their cheese curds. So much so, that they willingly walk around with styrofoam blocks of it on their heads. They also love hunting season, and can skin and gut a deer in two minutes flat. This makes wearing Camouflage on any occasion perfectly acceptable. They also get unreal amounts of snow, but it doesn’t seem to bother them at all.
People in Wyoming are basically born and raised in the outdoors. They love everything that involves hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, or camping. They are mostly (if not entirely) republican, and they do not really appreciate their liberal Coloradan neighbors (called Greenies) coming into their Grand Old Party state. They love their guns, and always support the second Amendement. They also love their whiskey.
Although its not technically a US state, this district is home to over 650 thousand people. People living in Washington DC are surrounded by patriotic and historic monuments, so you will find many of them to automatically have an innate love for the red, white, and blue. But of course, just because you live in the same place as the Whitehouse, the Capital Building, and the Lincoln Memorial, doesn’t mean that’s all your interested in…that stuff’s for the tourists anyway.