1. So much natural wonder 2. Crater Lake national park 3. No sales tax 4. The flag is unique among state flags because it is not mirrored on the back side 5. Top 10 states for average annual job growth 6. Not a lot of people there compared to other states 7. Ranked #1 in infrastructure 8. Great wine is made here 9. Has a coast 10. Has the smallest park in the world 11. The proven home of the Simpsons is in Springfield, Oregon 12. Hell’s Canyon 13. Holds a historical place in the USA because of the Oregon Trail which led to Oregon
10. Missouri 9. Wyoming 8. Nebraska 7. Michigan 6. Iowa 5. North Dakota 4. South Dakota 3. Upstate New York 2. Montana 1. Colorado
Reason for Colorado:
1. Beautiful scenery 2. White water rafting 3. Alpine Slides 4. Snow! snow! snow! 5. Cold snowy winters - warm summers. (Amazing temperature spring and falls!) 6. A rural state in most places; Denver having a decent population 7. Garden of the Gods 8. Royal Gorge 9. The wildlife is beautiful - animals are everywhere 10. You can actually see the stars - no light around in rural areas. 11. MOUNTAINS! 12. Pikes Peak 13. Low sales tax 14. Hiking up mountains
As someone who has actually traveled across most of America, I think my opinion is held at a higher regard
1. Northern Coastal California 2. New York City 3. Florida 4. New England 5. The South
San Francisco is one of the most geographically gifted places I've been to. It's very hilly in some areas and just flat in others. It has a beach, It's a peninsula. It seems like it could be it's own state at times. I love vacationing at this city. I only wish that I could have been here during the summer of loves and be a hippy.
Because it's highly affordable, fun to drive (outside commutes), has a great food scene (SF, LA, and NYC probably have much more accessible variety and quality of ethnic cuisines, but Houston is more innovative), and has a lot of little bits of culture interspersed throughout the state. Also kolaches. It's so hard to get kolaches outside Texas. But I have some questions:
1. Is money a constraint? Is this from the perspective of an average person? If not, California wins empirically. If money is not an object, California is where you'd probably move to. It's to America what America is to Western Europe: much better if you can afford it, much worse if you can't.
2. Are these the best places to live in or visit? If the latter, Hawai'i, New York, and California win easily over Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and basically the rest of the state.
When most Americans visit forgein nations, they say they are from America, not the state. Except for a few states that take immesne pride in their state instead of the nation, most notably Texas. No wonder it leads (and yes I also vote Texas cause it's where I live).