The Weekender: Which State Wins?

What is the best state in the US to live in? You can choose where you’re living now, or where you’d want to live, but don’t forget to tell us why. If you convince us you’re right, you’ll be one of the few lucky people to win a pepperkeet tshirt.


  1. queenelisabeth

    May 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    ignorance? am I right guys? nevermind I’ll show myself out

  2. SpongeSteve

    May 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I bet hick’s state is intoxicated.

  3. @iSmellBit

    May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Oregon is the best state to live in.  I’ve been East, West and the cuckoo’s nest.   Ocean, mountains, desert and Portland!  P.S. don’t tell anyone.

  4. scottywazz

    May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    My old home of Maryland. You can experience all four seasons, live in the big city or the great rural lifestyle, mountains to the West, ocean to the East, and steamed crabs that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, hon.

  5. Christopher Brooklyn

    May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Hawaii… beautiful weather. .. beautiful surrounding… and hot chicks wear nothing but coconuts…l

    • HummusMagnate

      May 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      And lice

  6. SpongeSteve

    May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Based on Geoguessr I’m going to say north and South Dakota are the worst. They don’t even have road signs there.

  7. Brocknstock

    May 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I banged Peppers mom in Iowa, so ill say Iowa

  8. C H

    May 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Never been to the USA but I would choose one of the pot legal states!

  9. SarahMcPants

    May 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Not Kansas. Unless you mean the cheapest state to live in.

    • jerkaruso

      May 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      SarahMcPants What about Manhattan? The little apple

      • SarahMcPants

        May 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

        I do like Lawrence and Kc. Haven’t been to Manhattan.

      • jerkaruso

        May 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        SarahMcPants I used to live there when I was a youngster so I have no idea if it’s any good. Go Wildcats!

      • REDDYROG

        May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        jerkaruso SarahMcPants Lived south of KC in Paola,KS.Cheap,good people,but a hard life weather wise.winters were brutal and summers hot and tornadoes could be any day.

      • SarahMcPants

        May 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        REDDYROG jerkaruso Yep, story of my life.

    • Clover leaf

      May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      You’re in the wrong part. Get out west sometime its beautiful. Ive been stuck in topeka for 5 years now and dream about the day i can go home.

      • SarahMcPants

        May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Clover leaf It’s pretty but too rural for me…I need more cities…At least you have Hanover Pancake House there, I got one of those omelet inside a pancake things and it took me two days to eat it. :-p

      • Clover leaf

        May 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm

        Hanover house is pretty good and one of the local burger places made the 42 last month too. The food is about the only good thing here. We are too close to kc to have anything worth a shit. Hell even my tattoo guy moved to wichita.

  10. justForRon0Fez

    May 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    VIRGINIA: Runs the gamut in weather (best thunderstorms in the country!); has mountains, farmlands, rivers, beaches, and the Chesapeake Bay; the oldest history in the country, southern and northern sensibilities, home to the most presidents (8, WHH is from VA, Ohio, so screw off), borders the nations capital, and the US officially became independent when we beat the British at YORKTOWN, VA.  Also, I live here, and am handsome as shit!

    • BadNewsJeff

      May 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      justForRon0Fez As a fellow Virginian, I can vouch for all of these points.  And I’ve never met the guy, but he types like a handsome devil.

  11. DeathProof

    May 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    NY! Stand up! Hardcore! Show your pride! Stateside…Worldwide! Recognize!

  12. SpiralOut

    May 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Of course it’s Texas. We’ve got ocean, forests, plains, and desert. Elevations from sea level to 9000′. No taxes and low unemployment. Big titted bitches. Mostly conservative, but not too hicky. Liberal Meccas at Austin and Marfa. Big bend. Palo duro canyon. South padre. Best hunting and fishing in the lower 48. Best coke in the country and weeds improving.

    • justForRon0Fez

      May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      SpiralOut The Gulf of Mexico is not the ocean

      • REDDYROG

        May 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        justForRon0Fez SpiralOut correct sir! it’s better than an ocean

      • HummusMagnate

        May 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Yes is it.

      • SpiralOut

        June 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        I’d rather live on a gulf than a bay.

  13. White Lake Dan

    May 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I love living in Michigan. The economy is great and crime is at an all time low.

  14. TheCultureVulture

    May 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Oregon – Suicide Girls, Portlandia, The Greatest Commodore 64 game of all time Oregon Trail… they never did any harm to anyone.
    Speaking of harm do you know Japan bombed Oregon during World War 2? Those silly Japs tried to fire bomb the national forest with a plane they built from a submarine.
    I’ve never been to Oregon but I’d like to go….was Twin Peaks based there, it was someplace with a timber mill. Oregon I say. Oregon all the way!

    • jerkaruso

      May 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      TheCultureVulture I thought it was a balloon bomb?

    • HummusMagnate

      May 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      I think you mean Portland… I just cane back from there and that’s kinda all there is. Its great. But that’s it

    • brushmonkey

      May 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      TheCultureVulture The mountain in the opening credits of Twin Peaks is Mt. Si, located in the Washington Cascades.
      That being said, I live in Oregon.  It’s hard to beat for natural beauty.  High desert in the east, the Cascade Mountains, the Willamette Valley, Coast Range Mountains and, of course, the spectacular Oregon coast.  Portland is a fun city, Eugene has a little bit going for it.  The economy sucks, especially in rural areas, but it’s a beautiful place.

    • CWG

      June 2, 2013 at 12:04 am

      After college in Chicago, I lived in my car for 2 years driving around the country. Saw a baseball game in every park in MLB, visited every state & major Canadian city. After it was all said and done, I drove back to Oregon and haven’t left since. Portland is a cool city. Eastern Oregon is always sunny and it never rains. Tons of breweries. Lots of National Forests within a days drive. Skiing within a few hours no matter where you are. You’ve got hippies on one side of the state. Cowboys on the other. It keeps everyone a bit in check. Plus no sales tax. After spending 2 years visiting 50 states, I chose Oregon

  15. Purple Guy

    May 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Ron: Fear plays a part of everything in life, either you deal with it, or you turn into Fez Whatley.

  16. Redneckhockey

    May 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    NC, of course.  On April 12, 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress met in Halifax, NC and adopted The Halifax Resolves, which was the First official declaration of independence from Great Britain.
    Guess who else came from Halifax?  Lisa Parker.  That’s right, the same Lisa Parker who was in the Tab commercial.
    And we have whole hog barbecue.

  17. ecupirate

    May 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    My home state of NC, Beaches, Mountains, history, we have country life,
    city life, Art, Stupid Hipsters, In breeders, NHL, NBA, NFL, plus the
    greatest minor league baseball team of all time the Durham Bulls. East Carolina Football, Stupid Unc Basketball and people seem to enjoy the BBQ


      May 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      ecupirate vacation on the beach there,very nice state.I couldn’t live there,but can see how you like it.

      • REDDYROG

        May 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        ecupirate my kid discovered “cheerwine” there,she still talks about how good it was  LOL

    • BadNewsJeff

      May 31, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      ecupirate Love Nags Head.

    • Morgan : from parts unknown

      June 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      OBX? Best beach town ever.


    May 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    There is no right or wrong answer…just a good answer.

  19. bubbleboy

    May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    1 Massachusetts
    2 Louisiana


    May 31, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    On the coast in Mississippi.It’s not for most,but it’s perfect for me and my family and at the end of the day your home is what you make it.

    • HummusMagnate

      May 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Homos nak— nevermind

  21. Jenny Girl

    May 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    That’s right Peppy Ham – New York baby!  You got suburbs, rural, big time city – and hello – beaches (well, not for upstate, but they have Niagara Falls).  So much diversity.  We got plenty of sports teams to choose from depending on which part of the state you live in.  We have hardcore educational standards, no school shootings, no hicks, and we got the best god damn pizza and bagels.

  22. stoogemcclassy

    May 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I like maine. Skiing, beaches, white water rafting, lots of open space, still somewhat close to civilization, yup…pretty sweet. Oh and indian burial grounds. Sometimes they come back.

  23. elchuque

    May 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Arizona, where Geronimo fought and surrendered and Wyatt Earp tried to tame the wild west. It is the only state to be home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the grand canyon isn’t even the coolest place. the 900 year old cliff dwellings of Canyon de Chelly, the majestic saguaro national park, the breathtaking red rocks of Sedona and the “living” cavern tours at Kartchner Caverns. are cool to experience, and your never more than an hour or two away from an indian casino.

  24. Turdcutter

    May 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    State of love and trust

  25. HummusMagnate

    May 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Texas. It has all the good shit. And lets face it, everywhere has assholes.

  26. rexdart936

    May 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Texas. low taxes, lots of space, great music scene, great road system, lots of nice people who know how to mind their own business, and self defense is encouraged.  when i lived in el paso, it was quicker to go to the beach in CA than the beaches in TX.  its a big damn state. my house is 2 hours from dallas, 2 hours from houston and 2 hours from austin.

  27. DierveK

    May 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    add me in for Colorado.
    on top of all that sun shin we also have.
    Dinosaurs bones all over the place.
    NFL NHL MLB NBA teams. 
    An Air Force base inside a mountain.
    The Rocky Mountains.
    1000 year old cliff dwellings Mesa Verde national park being the most popular.
    Tesla, Hunter S Thompson, Buffalo Bill are just a few who called this state home at one time or another.
    Great Sand Dunes National Park contains the tallest sand dunes in the US.
    State borders form an appealing rectangular shape.
    you can pan and find gold in many rivers.  
    Weed is legal.

  28. FanBoy1

    May 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I do love Living in Northern California. I grew up in the east San Francisco Bay area. and in the 80’s The city was so much fun into the early 90’s. then that all changed. 
    Now living in the burbs of Sacramento I prefer the slower pace but not the politics.
     That being said I am literally 90 minutes or less  from everywhere. I can be in the high sierras on a pristine lake on my boat. or In the bay area in an hour and  a half drive. Tahoe is 1.5 hours and reno a little more then 2. and Vegas is an hour by Air. Gold country is about an hour away as is the new Foothill WInery Craze, we do make great wines… My Inlaws beach home is 5 hours away nestled in the lost coast part of southern Humbodlt ocunty….. so as much as I bitch about the outrageous property, fuel and sales taxes.
     the country side I get to visit each spring and summer is kind of worth it. I guess for that I am truly blessed, now if Im not taxed to death before hand I can die here, if not Texas here we come.

    • FanBoy1

      May 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      and for all those who talk mad shit about the people from California.. most eveyr asshole I ever met was not born here. 
      I also wont vouch for anything south of Fresno.
      for the tourists…………………..Welcome to California, now go home.

      • FanBoy1

        May 31, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        Oh and wherever you may call home…. Have a nice Weekend.

  29. Mcblogerson

    May 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I went to Austin once and it was great. The rest of Texas sucks, the rest of texas sucks almost as bad as Florida. Fuck Florida
    Cali and Colorado are the best. Most underrated Iowa, North Carolina and Alabama

  30. elephant_droid

    May 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Can I get some love for Guam?

  31. dashgauge

    May 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Definitely Michigan. I know we’ve seen hard times, but we’ve got location. The rest of the country is subject to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfire, heat waves, droughts, etc. Michigan doesn’t see much of that. We’ve got plenty of water, two peninsulas, a good sports scene. And the only president to never be elected is a Wolverine. Go Blue!

  32. Glynyrd

    June 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

    North Carolina! You actually experience all 4 seasons, but not an extreme of any. You have spectacular beaches, and skiing within reasonable driving distance. Great local music scenes, and craft beer brews. Big enough to have everything, but small enough not to hate everything. Great college sports, but still represent pro sports respectably (George Shinn screwed us). Pepper can appreciate Winston-Salem as the cigarette capital for much of the 20th century.

  33. RichKoski

    June 1, 2013 at 4:08 am

    California has the highest peaks and the lowest points in the contiguous United States. Lakes, coastline, wine country, one of the most beautiful cities in world (San Francisco), nine national parks, 118 state parks. I live in central California. It’s cheap and I’m only 1.5 hours from Yosemite or San Francisco. The weather in California is awesome too. Rarely snows (except in the Sierras) reasonable amounts of rain. It can get hot but the humidity never gets above 40% when it’s hot. We also have delicious food too… and it’s all grown here. I’ve been to grocery stores in other states and their produce departments are half the size of an average produce department in California.

  34. Trigger713

    June 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I just moved to PA, Pittsburgh is pretty cool….Fuck this, can I just buy a Pepperkeet T-shirt, cause Pepper is DA MAN DAWWWWGG!

  35. Captain Geech

    June 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Anywhere but here.

  36. DarthKnuggs

    June 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Pennsylvania. Because in Allentown, you can blame all your woes on Puerto Ricans.

  37. Morgan : from parts unknown

    June 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Virginia is the bestest. Cheap smokes and hoes to pokes.

  38. Schlitz001

    June 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Montana is the place to be and I almost hate to post it, because it’s beauty is a well kept secret to a lot of the US.  Miles of mountain streams for world class fishing and floating.  Untamed wilderness including Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, filled with mountain ranges for hunting, hiking, backpacking and fresh air.  Not to mention no sales tax and more breweries per capita than any other state (sans Vermont). And to top it off, the list of natural disasters in Montana is almost blank.  Who would want to live anywhere else?  (Montanan’s for Pepperkeets!)

  39. LFKK

    June 2, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Here in Montana/Wyoming we do not like anybody from anywhere else but we love you just where you are at.

  40. BraceTheMain

    June 2, 2013 at 7:20 am

    To quote Twain, “In America, there is New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco.  Everywhere else is Cleveland”.  As an outsider who has recently adopted the state, Louisiana has a culture of fun, food, and family that has existed for hundreds of years and somehow managed to carry its way into the modern age.  While children of Louisiana will leave for short periods of time, they always come back, as no other state (sorry New York) can match the intoxicating and comforting mix of culture, weather, rustic outdoor spaces, and most importantly: family ties.

  41. SerotoninsGone

    June 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    New Jersey. Before you go all “Snooki” on me, hear me out. You get a piece of EVERYTHING in NJ. Mountains and lakes in the north west, the legendary Jersey Shore (always hear Ron bring up his Wildwood summers), the Pine Barrens for some great hunting/camping/hiking, and you are sandwiched between Philadelphia and NYC, easy access to the culture of both cities without the cost of living there. Plus, you get a taste of all four seasons, so by the time you are getting sick of the cold of winter or the heat of summer, things are already beginning to change.

    • shrekkalove

      June 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

      SerotoninsGone This actually makes it sound kinda awesome, so now I just know you’re a liar. 😉

  42. Dewan grotzky

    June 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

    You guys always forget about us and when I say it you are going to be like,, oh ya that is in the states,,, it’s gotta be Hawaii. It’s so good I don’t even have to say anything just post this…0.0…

  43. SH4RKYx

    June 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I’m a Canadian and I would want to live in New York or L.A. So the big two states for me Are Cali and NY but to choose one it would be California because I have had enough snow living in Toronto all my life.

  44. Lady_Trucker

    June 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Texas. Everything is BIGGER here. My big O belly and ass are proof! 🙂

  45. Jeff0015

    June 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I want to vote for Pennsylvania, but its a commonwealth, not a state.

  46. fxbx

    June 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Michigan because of the Michigan left, having two peninsulas, Robocop for protection, and all the cans are worth 10 cents there so I’ll be a millionaire.

  47. jake_fratelli

    June 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Oregon. Portland has the most breweries of any city in the world. The rain gives us some of the best local ingredients anywhere, which encourages great chefs to come here. Mount Hood has snow year round for skiing and snowboarding. The entire coastline is public land, so you can go enjoy all of it without some rich douche in your way. The state employs urban growth boundaries to prevent suburban sprawl from destroying the countryside. Movies like the Goonies and Stand by Me were filmed here. We’re laid back and friendly.

  48. Gordon Bennett!

    June 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    California, a blue state that was home to the Red’s beloved Ronald Reagan. We have a huge wine region. Great weather year round. We have Hollywood, Sacramento, L.A., San Diago, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Also have the Golden Gate Bridge, which is the Nations number 1 suicide spot. So if you really don’t like it, you can go out in class.

  49. TheDonCarpenter

    June 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Wyoming wins. Best economy in the nation. Best weather, and we have Yellowstone and Devils Tower. We provide the majority of the coal used for energy to the nation. It’s a red state, but not kooky southern evangelical red. Even our democrats like guns and hunting, and we all get along famously.

  50. Plastic Thoughts

    June 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

    California could easily be considered the most beautiful state on Earth, but when it comes to the east coast the mountains and beaches of North Carolina are second to none.

  51. Kendall in Texas

    June 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Colorado – It’s like Portland and Austin had a baby with an over-excited pituitary gland.

    • TheDonCarpenter

      June 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Kendall in Texas You say that like it’s a good thing.

  52. Badmotherrucker

    June 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    No love for Florida? Go figure. But there is something to be said for a state when no matter how crazy you are, half of the population is crazier. In Florida, you can fuck a stump grinder, and still be sane enough run for office.

    • utterdisgrace

      June 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Badmotherrucker In FL’s defense, before air conditioning it was largely populated by circus people.

  53. skumpy

    June 4, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Eden Prairie Minnesota!
    C’mon.. it ranked #3 on CnnMoney for places to live, AND its got that mall from MallRats. WHO NEEDS MORE??

  54. HIMcDunnough

    June 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Texas.  You just can’t beat the San Antonio riverwalk for my money.

  55. FERREL

    October 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Washington, A apple a day keeps the freaks……