What State Do You Really Belong In?

By: Elisabeth Henderson

What State Do You Really Belong In?
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About This Quiz

If you’ve ever felt like a beach bum living in the mountains or a city dweller stuck on a farm, we get you. There are fifty states in this country, each with a different vibe, climate and landscape. Chances are that the state you’ve landed in may not actually be the state that best fits your preferences and personality. 

Perhaps you live in the big city, but you spend all your free time driving to natural parks to breathe deeply in the green space. It could be that your soul would really thrive if you lived surrounded by green space, as you would in Montana. Or maybe you live within walking distance of the beach, but you spend the entire fall looking at pictures of autumnal colors in the rolling mountainsides of the Northeast. Is your true home among the flaming red maple leaves in Vermont? When was the last time you even touched that surfboard? 

Regardless of whether you are looking to uproot your life and settle in a new state or not, it never hurts to let your imagination roam the country, to consider what your life would look like across the state line. Take a quiz trip with us to explore the possibilities that living in another state would offer you! 

1 weather What kind of weather is "normal"?
All four seasons, with about three months of each
Warm most of the time, a little rain, a lot of sun
Balmy
Four seasons, with an emphasis on snow

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2 clear your mind If you felt like life was closing in on you, what would most help you clear your mind?
Go to the lake with a cooler
Get out as far as I can into a wild place
Slip into a crowd
Stare out over open water

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3 Farmers market What kind of interaction with agriculture makes you feel most connected with your food?
Passing gardens and farms as I walk to work
Buying fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market
Buying locally raised food at a local bistro
Seeing farms in the distance

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4 work What kind of work most deeply satisfies you?
Work that I know contributes to social justice
Work that sets cultural trends
Physically demanding, honest work
Work that cultivates the land

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5 listening to music Where do you most enjoy listening to music?
At a country and western dance hall
At an outdoor music venue
In a small venue that’s totally packed with enthusiasts
In a quiet restaurant

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6 Danger Which of the following dangers would you be comfortable with facing at least once a year?
Socialism
Wildfires
Pickpockets
Hurricanes

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7 autumn When autumn rolls in, what do you look forward to with a giddy enthusiasm?
Bright red leaves
Surfing
Pumpkin spice
First snowfall

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8 travel If you can choose to travel in any mode, how will you get from point A to B?
Car
Horse
Subway
Walking

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9 eating out If you are craving a meal out, what options would you like to have?
A range of local, farm to table restaurants
Experimental cuisine
A variety of ethnic restaurants, open late into the night
From classic American diner to fine dining fusion

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10 fresh air On a beautiful Saturday morning, how would you prefer to get some fresh air?
Cross-country skiing
Surfing
Strolling though my neighborhood
Hiking up a mountain

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11 BBQ How did God intend BBQ to be consumed?
What does God have to do with it?
Hickory smoked ribs smothered in white sauce
On a banh mi roll
House-cured, with an espresso rub

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12 snow In an ideal world, what is the best place for snow?
On the mountains in the distance
On the one ski resort in the state
Everywhere, as far as the eye can see
Banished even from memory

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13 hike If you were out on a hike, what kind of encounters would you want to have with other people?
I would enjoy running into a neighbor.
I don’t want to encounter anything else on two legs.
I prefer my encounters to be friendly and short.
If I meet someone nice on a trail, I enjoy talking with them as we walk along.

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14 Keep my state How would your ideal state fill in this blank: “Keep [my state] _____!”
Progressive
Cool
Great
Wide open

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15  young children Which of the following do you think is most important for young children to learn?
To say “sir” and “ma’am” when speaking to adults
To ride a horse
To navigate public transit
To fish

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16 food and wine festival If you were to pick a state based on the state's festivals, which of the following would you choose?
Maple Festival
Food and Wine Festival
Snap Pea Festival
Flower and Garden Festival

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17 rights Which of the following rights is it most important to you that your state honors?
The right to health care for all
The right to use recreational cannabis
The right to life
The right to determine how your land is used

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18 family memories If you wanted to make some family memories, where would be a good place to start?
The lake
The rodeo
The art museum
The beach

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19 experience drama In what context do you prefer to experience drama?
At the community coffee shop, talking about the town
At the barber shop
In the theater
On television

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20 wild and dangerous animal In what kind of situation can you imagine seeing a wild and dangerous animal?
At night, on a walk down a country road
If I went to a national park
If I visit my friend in the country
Almost any time, day or night

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21 meeting people What kinds of people do you most enjoy meeting throughout the day?
People who are similar to me
Hardworking folks
People who look and speak completely differently
People who are a similar age to myself

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22 baked goods Which of the following baked goods tastes like home to you?
Chocolate croissant
Sourdough bread
Bagels
Key lime pie

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23 Sidewalk When you pass someone along the sidewalk, how do you typically react?
Say good morning/afternoon/evening
Lift my chin up slightly
Say “Hi, how’re you?”
Say “hello”

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24 dirty laundry When you have a load of dirty laundry, how do you get it clean?
Wash it in the washer; dry it in the dryer
Wash it in the washer; dry it on the line
Drop it off at the laundry service
Have the housekeeper clean it

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25 cozy winter night On a dark winter night, how do you like to get cozy?
Make a fire in the wood stove
Take a walk on the beach
Put on my biggest coat and set out walking to a restaurant
Make popcorn and put on a movie

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26 temperature range Which temperature do you feel most comfortable in?
40 degrees Fahrenheit
70 degrees Fahrenheit
90 degrees Fahrenheit
50 degrees Fahrenheit

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27 down-home cooking What does “down-home cooking” entail?
Fried green tomatoes
Huckleberries
Fermentation
Fresh seafood

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28 winter cold When the winter cold settles in, how does it affect your emotions?
I get a sense of expectation and adventure looming.
I get the blues.
I get excited to pull out all my coats.
If I live in a place that gets cold, a sense of dread falls over me.

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29 vacation destination If your first choice vacation destination did not work out, which of these would work as a replacement?
Maine
Arizona
Georgia
Wyoming

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30 theme park Which attraction would you be most likely to frequent if you lived close to it?
Civil War Museum
National parks
Broadway
Theme parks

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