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  • California

    13 19.70%
  • Texas

    8 12.12%
  • New York

    2 3.03%
  • Illinois

    3 4.55%
  • Virginia

    2 3.03%
  • North Carolina

    7 10.61%
  • Florida

    3 4.55%
  • Colorado

    3 4.55%
  • Massachusetts

    3 4.55%
  • Other (please specify)

    22 33.33%
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    That's West Virginia.

    It's like Mad Max but they're not smart enough to figure out to make methane generators out of pig ****.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    I am actually a bit biased about Arkansas, being I am originally from there and all, I would be willing to admit that its probably not the coolest state. It is one of the prettiest though.

    That said, in all seriousness, I actually am surprised no one has mentioned Minnesota. Ok, yes, the winters there are long and cold, and yes, they do all sound like the movie Fargo up there, but it is probably the prettiest state I have ever been to, Minneapolis is a beautiful and very cosmopolitan city, the state has some of the best fishing and hunting on earth, the Boundary Waters is one of the largest federal wilderness areas outside of Alaska, there are millions of acres of public land there, the North Woods is very pretty, lakes everywhere, and the North Shore of Lake Superior is easily one of the most strikingly beautiful places on earth. I like going to Northern Minnesota for summer vacations even better than Colorado (and everyone I know that has been up there says the same thing):

    Split Rock Lighthouse:


    Cascade River:


    Lake Superior:



    Minneapolis:


    Boundary Waters:
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Montana

    beautiful landscapes, wildlife, cool people (not necessarily in that order)
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    CALIFORNIA!





    It isn't even close. California is a nation unto itself.

    CA has the best economy.
    - Ranked 6th out of all NATIONS in the world

    CA has the most amazing and diverse landscape in the nation
    - Death Valley
    - Yosemite
    - The Sierra Nevadas
    - The Mojave and Colorado Deserts
    - The BEACHES!
    - The Wine Regions (Napa and Sonoma)
    - The Old Growth Redwood Forests
    - Volcanoes
    - The Best Microbreweries
    - Surfing
    - Mountains
    - Mountain Bikiing / Skiing / Snowboarding
    - San Francisco
    - Organic and Amazing Food that created California Cuisine (Spago / John Ash / French Laundry / Etc )
    - Hollywood
    - Sequoia National Park
    - Mt Whitney
    - Kings Canyon
    - Mt Shasta
    - Mammoth
    - Lake Tahoe
    - Bodie Ghost Town
    - Joshua Tree
    - Monterrey Bay
    - Big Sur
    - I could go on and on...
    Indeed. Also the best weed. You know, if that were your thing.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    Montana

    beautiful landscapes, wildlife, cool people (not necessarily in that order)
    Montana is pretty god damned gorgeous. If I could have found work there, I'd be living there.

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    Thumbs up Re: What state is the coolest?





    I really, really enjoyed Montana.
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    Post Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I was thinking about this today, and it's a tough call for me.

    • California has, far and away, the best year-round weather of any state in the country.
    • Utah has the best economy.
    • North Carolina has the friendliest people (in my experience)
    • New York has the coolest city, with Texas/California/NC close behind
    • DC has the most "urban" beauty, with New York and Illinois close behind
    • Alaska has the most natural beauty, with Colorado a distant second
    • Washington, Tennessee, and Louisiana have the best music scenes
    • Texas and California have the most diversity among cities in close proximity to each other
    • Alabama and South Carolina have the hottest chicks
    • Massachusetts has the smartest people and best universities
    • Ohio and Michigan have the lowest cost of living
    • Wisconsin and Texas have the best bargains in housing (IMO)
    • Louisiana has the most, err, creative system of government
    • Florida has the best vacation spots
    • Vermont and New Hampshire have the lowest crime rates
    • Hawaii doesn't have to put up with any **** from neighboring states
    • Colorado has the best selection of outdoor activities, with Washington and Oregon close behind



    Overall...
    I'd have to rank the coolest states as such: 1) California, 2) North Carolina, 3) Texas
    It depends on what your priorities are on "coolest."

    Priority one for me is the lowest taxes and the least amount of government.

    Jason Sorens founded Free State Project Home [ Free State Project - Liberty in Our Lifetime ] to recruit people to select the state with the lowest taxes and the most freedom. In the end, they chose New Hampshire.

    In 1992, Liberty magazine also rated NH as having the lowest overall taxes. However, it does have stiff local property taxes--too stiff for many people. It also has bitter winters and is fairly densly populated.

    Other states ranked well by Liberty were Nevada, Wyoming, Alaska, and Alabama. Five states -- NH, NV, WY, AK, and FL have no state income taxes. Unfortunately, FL has a lot of other taxes and numerous regulations and fees that disqualify it as anything close to a free state; the other four states are excellent contenders.

    At the other extreme, MA, one of the highest taxed states (It's nickname is "Taxachucetts") -- not once, but TWICE -- had an opportunity to repeal its income tax. But both times, the people revealed their stupidity by voting to keep it. Who wants to live with big government lovers like that?

    I have been told that AZ was a strong libertarian state until about 2000. Then government started expanding there. However, it is still one of the better states.

    The western states in general are fairly free. CA is the one notable exception. In fact, for many years, it has remained at or very close to the top in high taxes and big government abuses.


    Other important factors are population density (the lower the better) and climate (in general, the warmer the better). AK, WY, NV, MT, ND, SD, ID, and UT rank tops in low population density. HI, FL, AZ, southern CA, southern NV, and southern TX rank tops in warm climate.

    Unfortunately no state ranks high in all three -- freedom, low population density, and climate.

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    I love Washington. It's beautiful here. Not too crowded. Many isolated spots to escape to. You can't hardly drive a mile without seeing a new lake. Lots of forest. I've only ever lived in PA and CA but WA has both beat by far.
    Was gonna say... Washington's not on the list, this thread FAILS!!!

    Beautiful state. Evergreen ftw.

    Mt. Rainier - Myrtle Falls


    Seattle - The Space Needle


    Eastern Washington - Palouse Falls



    See it's kick ass. We've got Evergreen forests, huge mountains, big cities, desert, crystal clear lakes, oceanside areas with nice sand and rock beaches, canyons, etc etc etc etc.

    We've got it all, including ALL fricken weather.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    ****, I selected "California", because I didn't see "Illinois"

    Anyways California lands a solid second in my opinion.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    Hawaii without a doubt. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery. I can't find a flaw.
    Its in the middle of the pacific ocean, the largest ocean on the planet. A bit too Isolated for my taste.
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