Survey: Georgia nicest, Alabama ugliest

Georgia: Chock full of nice. (AJC photo)

Georgia: Chock full of nice and purty. (AJC photo)

The nicest state in the U.S.?

Despite the muscular middle fingers you may have seen in Atlanta traffic this morning, that title belongs to Georgia. Actually, we share it with Minnesota, which, last I checked, had to cheat to win their last World Series.

The survey, published by Business Insider and mentioned this morning on WSB radio, has a series of interesting maps you really ought to check out.

Like most surveys, this one is flawed. Unlike many, it is entertaining.

Unless you live in Alabama, the alleged “ugliest people” state in our otherwise beautiful union.

Since I don’t want to surrender Georgia’s “nicest state” ranking to those cheating Minnesotans, I won’t tell you the truth about Alabama (there is no “most honest state” award), but let’s just say there’s a lot of kids there that have to wear soup bones around their necks to get the family dog to play with them.

Here’s some more highlights of the survey: (Note: I will only make fun of states I have actually visited or otherwise don’t like.)

Weirdest accent: That state Boston is in that I never learned to spell. If you had to go to football games in zero degree weather you would talk funny too.

Worst food: Alaska (but I’ve never been there so they get a pass. Also, roasted moose sounds kinda good.). Mississippi, however, looks to be a strong 2nd place, and I understand that. The only time I ate something good in Mississippi was when I ordered takeout in Slidell and headed east on I-10.

Favorite state: California. I like California despite its people, politics, earthquakes and terrible movies. The climate, like a cheating 1991 Minnesota Twins squad, is hard to beat.

Least favorite: Texas. I’m starting to smell a liberal think tank behind this survey. Texas is pretty cool, in my opinion. It’s really big but looks odd, sorta like the people in Alabama.

Craziest: California. If you bother to read newspapers, even the wacky online versions, you have to agree with this one. Strangely, the weed legal states of Colorado and Washington don’t rank. I smell something funny.

Hottest residents: California, with a few votes for Florida. Hollywood, despite its ability to churn out garbage, does hire some lookers, so this may be justified. Not so sure about Florida. My retinas still burn every time I recall the “Roll Tide” Speedo I witnessed in ‘97.

Ugliest residents: Alabama, which we’ve already gone over. The South is curiously well represented, with strong showings by Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas. Almost no one voted for Georgia, of course.

Most beautiful scenery: Colorado somehow beat Hawaii. This survey may be rigged, except for the Alabama parts.

Worst scenery: Kansas. I’ve never visited, but my co-worker has and he’s says the Oklahoma panhandle is uglier.

Drunkest state: Louisiana. Only a drunk would argue this one.

Most arrogant state: Not Georgia, despite this column. The most arrogant state is New York, followed by California. Not sure if people in those states are being arrogant or, like most Georgians, they just have plenty of nice things to say about themselves.

Rudest: New York. I bet Kent Hrbek is living there now.

Smartest: The Boston state again. Looks like I should learn to spell that one.

Dumbest: Mississippi, followed closely by Alabama. Once again, almost no one voted for Georgia, which is smart.

Which state should be kicked out of the U.S.? An amazing 21 percent of survey responses said Texas has to go. This survey must have been handed out at the Democratic National Convention. If not for Texas, at least five other states would have to start building an electrified anti-immigration wall. Alabama and Mississippi get quite a few votes here too. I’d hate to see them go, personally, because then the rest of the country might start picking on us and we’re too nice to fight back.

130 comments Add your comment

JJMac

August 21st, 2013
7:51 am

Those who think NY is the rudest state haven’t been to Virginia. At least New Yorkers have something to be rude about–millions of others living right on top of them. Virginians just come by it naturally, for no good reason.

Idiots_Abound

August 21st, 2013
7:52 am

Dumbest article I have read in a long time. George Mathis – you are an embarrassment to your profession.

TechRon

August 21st, 2013
7:56 am

I know a lot of nice people from NY. I’m a southerner, dyed in the wool, but I sure love my many NY friends. Good folks and bad folks in every state. I will admit that southerners in general treat complete strangers more courteously than people do up north.

AN

August 21st, 2013
7:56 am

Isn’t Slidell in Louisiana?

Pamela

August 21st, 2013
7:57 am

You have GOT to be kidding me! Alabama has the ugliest people? REALLY? I have seen A LOT of UGLY, HATEFUL people in GEORGIA! Georgia the friendliest state? B.S.!!!!!! I find people in Georgia, for the most part, that are actually from here rude, obnoxious and arrogant at the same time. Friendly is not one of the words that accurately describe Georgians!

So the idiot who came up with this survey saw EVERY PERSON that lives in Alabama? That is from Alabama? This is a stupid survey!

z

August 21st, 2013
7:58 am

Which part of Alabama are you from Idiots?

George Mathis

August 21st, 2013
7:59 am

Idiots_Abound – Thanks dad!

MANGLER

August 21st, 2013
8:00 am

I rather enjoyed the lighthearted piece.
IA before me must be from Alabama or Mississippi, lest they’d realize this was a musing.

cj

August 21st, 2013
8:02 am

Keep your politics to yourself. This article might have been enjoyable if you didn’t vilify half your readership.

G

August 21st, 2013
8:03 am

This article made me laugh, would read again!

Pamela

August 21st, 2013
8:05 am

Everybody in Louisiana do not drink..California has the most beautiful people? No they don’t. They have the most people that have plastic surgery on a more than regular basis. The most phony looking people, yes, but the most beautiful? No. It’s all a matter of opinion. Now if they said that California had the most unrecognizable people, then yes. I totally agree. Why? Because none of them really look like themselves because of all of the liposuction and other plastic surgery. Not to mention those god awful tanning beds! Texas should be kicked out. I totally agree with that one. Slidell IS in Louisiana, NOT Mississippi!

Flawed

August 21st, 2013
8:06 am

Did they only poll people in California?

America Is Hurting

August 21st, 2013
8:09 am

outside the area around DC in Northern Virginia, Virginia folks have always been friendly in my estimation, and I’ve spent considerable time there.

Rudeness can be found in Florida where most folks seem to be from NY, NJ or the Caribbean.

Bama Beau

August 21st, 2013
8:10 am

Until I read this story, I never realized the First Lady was born in Alabama like my hideous ex-mother-in-law.

This article explains a lot, though.

John Smith

August 21st, 2013
8:15 am

I feel dumber after reading this….

Chuck Allison

August 21st, 2013
8:18 am

If those 21% are successful in getting Texas kicked out of the USA, there will be celebrating in Dallas, then Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina should join the new nation of Texas.

George Mathis

August 21st, 2013
8:18 am

If you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny, but I will explain the Slidell joke for readers from dumber states: Slidell is one of the last places to stop in Louisiana (which has good food according to this survey) if you are driving to Georgia on I-10. Thus, the joke is that the only time I had good food in Mississippi is when I got takeout from Louisiana and drove through Mississippi. My apologies to the literate folks that had to read this explanation.

Chuck Allison

August 21st, 2013
8:20 am

Has anyone noticed the Alabama and Mississippi entries in the MIss America contest? Alabama girls may not carry away many academic trophies but they are drop dead gorgeous.

Bama Beau

August 21st, 2013
8:22 am

That photo of Andrea Sneiderman is kinda hot. Since she is from Georgia, I wonder if her nickname of the prison softball team might be “Carpets of Dalton.”

Lori

August 21st, 2013
8:24 am

What garbage!!! A total waste of space. I would hang my head in shame if I were you!!!

Lori

August 21st, 2013
8:26 am

ahh…and can we just say…. HONEY BOO BOO!!! Yeah, let’s be proud of that family!!!

Ann

August 21st, 2013
8:28 am

Pamela…you MUST BE FROM ALABAMA. Sounds like you’re used to people calling you ugly which stands for yoU Got to Love Yourself ! Lighten up :-)

M

August 21st, 2013
8:29 am

What a stupid article and a waste of time.

Lenscrafter

August 21st, 2013
8:33 am

Any heterosexual dude who isn’t visually impaired can see that Pennsylvania easily has *THE UGLIEST* women in the nation (& probably the most obese, too). It is no wonder the State government there has to run the sale of alcohol from all the men having to drink themselves into oblivious in order to get turned on by the women. Alabama is practically Paradise Island compared to Pennsylvania: Land of Medusa. PA hasn’t got anything on Moochelle O, though.

JudeTheObtuse

August 21st, 2013
8:33 am

Funny article. I’m sure it was a peer reviewed survey too. Gant was just falling off the base anyway and Hrbek was nice enough to help steady him so he wouldn’t fall on his face. Should have slid.

Bama Beau

August 21st, 2013
8:42 am

RE: “…I won’t tell you the truth about Alabama (there is no “most honest state” award), but let’s just say there’s a lot of kids there that have to wear soup bones around their necks to get the family dog to play with them.” – George Mathis

This may help explain why the 0bamas just had to get a secondary dog. The first one must have developed a tolerance for the pork chops and meat bone necklaces worn by The First Lady.

Talk about falling out of The Ugly Tree and hitting every branch on the way down…

A Conservative Voice

August 21st, 2013
8:44 am

Folks, this is the kind of trash reporting that is the hallmark of the AJC Online Edition. Why anyone would pay for a subscription to read this journalistic junk is a mystery to me.

HWB111

August 21st, 2013
8:45 am

Watch a college football game on tv and look at the people in the stands when they pan across them…..the South by far has the best looking people than anywhere in the US.

drew

August 21st, 2013
8:48 am

George…I enjoy your sense of humor.
Some of the posters here should get one.
Nothing sadder than people too humorless (or stupid) to get a joke.

Virginian

August 21st, 2013
8:55 am

JJMac – you are obviously some sort of &^%$# – see the TRUTH below

To be a Virginian, either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one’s Mother’s side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above.

Road Scholar

August 21st, 2013
8:58 am

Pamela:”Everybody in Louisiana do not drink….”

But the ones that do make up for the 10 that don’t! The residents do not like afternoon football games at LSU since the liquor stores run out at 11 am!

Bama Beau: You’re mama must be proud! If she could get out of her trailer!

Joke ever?

August 21st, 2013
9:00 am

Holy crap. Can you people not take a joke. When did everyone lose their sense of humor. I’m guessing it’s all the transplants. Geez.

WHOA!!!

August 21st, 2013
9:03 am

We’re the nicest??? Lord, the US is in trouble!

MiltonMan

August 21st, 2013
9:07 am

ugliest people are in Alabama??? Go hang around Univ of Alabama & Auburn then get back with me. The ugliest people by far are from New Jersy (and rudest) followed closely by the corn-fed “beauts” found in Iowa & Wisconsin. I travel to all three of those states & I would take Alabama over all three combined.

MiltonMan

August 21st, 2013
9:09 am

“Holy crap. Can you people not take a joke. When did everyone lose their sense of humor. I’m guessing it’s all the transplants. Geez.”

With political correctness running amok these days in the form of “sensitivity training”; “diversity training”, etc., etc., no we cannot take/tell/laugh at said jokes these days.

OedipusTax

August 21st, 2013
9:18 am

Have any of you ever seen a New Englander’s map of the country? There’s the six New England States, New York City, and the Hudson River. To the west of the Hudson is LA and San Francisco. There’s nothing inbetween, which leads to one New Englander asking the other, how did you drive from Boston to LA? The answer: through Worcester. Top arrogance award: New England. Lived there for 15 years.

N-GA

August 21st, 2013
9:21 am

Pound-for-pound, the South has the prettiest women…..

Paula

August 21st, 2013
9:26 am

I’ve heard that Virginians are very rude. Don’t know only rode through there a couple of times. South Carolina is one of the meanest states, they’ll fight over how you pronounce something.

Paula

August 21st, 2013
9:27 am

Stopped in Newnan that’s how it sounds not sure of the spelling; anyway its where Alan Jackson is from; those were hands down the nicest people I’ve ever encountered and Newnan is in Georgia.

Paula

August 21st, 2013
9:33 am

I love the Carolinas, not that crazy about the politicians though.

Roadrunner

August 21st, 2013
9:35 am

This was actually one of the better written articles I’ve read in the AJC in some time. And some people here need to get a life! It’s humor folks, and no one believes everyone in Alabama is ugly or everyone in Calfifornia is crazy (or everyone in Georgia is nice for that matter as the responses here prove). There’s a kernal of truth in most of these ‘findings’ but even if you don’t find it funny, some of us do.

A Nice Minnesotan

August 21st, 2013
9:39 am

Really? You’re still bitter at losing the World Series from over 20 years ago? Minnesota won it fair and square. It isn’t our fault that the Braves were the choke artists of the 90’s. At least we get over our sports debacles (1999 NFC Championship Game).

Signed,
A Nice Minnesotan

America Is Hurting

August 21st, 2013
9:40 am

between this story and Beyonce buying $2200 in chicken I know why few people subscribe to the AJC.

This publication makes the National Enquirer look good.

CadillacRanch

August 21st, 2013
9:40 am

Ron Gant was a wuss who fell down when Kent Hrbeck tagged him. Get over it. You lost because Lonnie Smith fell for the funniest fake in World Series history.

mad_russian

August 21st, 2013
9:45 am

Nice way to present information in an objective manner. Let’s blame anyone with liberal tendencies for having poor judgement. You are yet another member of the mass of plebes who believe it’s all about conservative versus liberal with no idea that both sides are in collusion to destroy this country for their benefit. The AJC yet again allows complete hacks like you to write “articles” like this to waste our time and divert our attention from the real issues.

Baltisraul......

August 21st, 2013
9:46 am

Ugly State…….there are 2, both of the Dakotas. Butt ugly for miles and miles! Lived in Va for 7 years and found the people great. Virginia Gentlemen and gracious ladies. And the best Southern accent of all the rebel states.

Maude

August 21st, 2013
9:49 am

I a little worried about the other 49 if Georgia is the nicest.

renee

August 21st, 2013
9:59 am

Had a conversation about people attacking others via the web….well just remember what goes around comes around. This is WAY over the top! Calling people ugly and dumb damn you got a WHOLE lot of nerve!!!

morn

August 21st, 2013
10:01 am

you can tell some ignorant hill billy wrote this just by the comments about texas which is nothing but oil wells and cow poo; I have been there many times and there is nothing in the entire state worth a second thought. Georgia is a beautiful state which is being governed by a bunch of illiterate bible thumpers Alabama which I have also lived in is also a beautiful state ruined by the politicians and willfully ignorant residents, just like Georgia

Andy B

August 21st, 2013
10:13 am

Let’s not be too hard on Alabama, after all they did invent the toothbrush foe all those with one tooth. Watch Easy Rider and you will learn the truth about the subdued hostility to all so-called “non conformists” who are not God-fearing