What State Does Your Heart Belong To?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

What State Does Your Heart Belong To?
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About This Quiz

There's something pretty darn swell about all 50 states that make up the United States. Each state has its own set of customs and traits, and it's hard not to love them for being such individuals. Out of all of them, everyone has a favorite! After you answer these questions about the other 49 or so, we'll know which one you hold higher than all the others. 

Travel through every region of the country, and respond in the way that feels most comfortable. The questions might seem silly, but each one is designed to identify the traits you have in common with the state you love the most. You might not think the way you order a beverage could lead us to your favorite place, but you couldn't be more wrong. The state that holds your heart has left more of an impression on you than you might even know! 

Does your favorite state have the best slogan? Will it be the state you've always called home? Once you tell us about any traits you might have picked up, the way you feel about certain areas and answer a few regionally directed questions, the state you draw a heart around will pop right off the map! Are you ready to see which one it is?


Q1 City vs Country Do you like the heart of the city or the heart of the countryside more?
The heartland is just my style.
I prefer the heart of the city.
I feel right at home in the suburbs.
My heart is more into the beach.

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Q2 Hot Dog What do you think of people who put coleslaw on top of hot dogs?
They might be lovely, but that's nasty!
Sounds good to me!
It's not my thing, but I do put in on barbecue sandwiches.
Something must be seriously wrong with them!

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Q3 Home When you think of home, which word comes to mind?
Family
Food
Heart
Garden

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Q4 Pizza In your opinion, what's the best style of pizza?
Deep dish
Thin crust
Brick oven-baked
Cauliflower crust

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Q5 Freeway Highway Do you call them freeways, or are they highways?
I call it the interstate.
It's a highway.
We call it the four-lane.
It's a freeway.

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Q6 City Which American city do you think is the nation's crowning jewel?
Washington D.C.
New York
Boston
Los Angeles

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Q7 Yankee What do you think of when someone says "Yankee?"
Candles
Baseball
A northerner
Doodle Dandy

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Q8 Vacation Which southern state would you consider as a vacation destination?
Georgia
Mississippi
Florida
South Carolina

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Q9 Rude Do you think New Yorkers are rude when you meet them?
I haven't met any of them.
They are lovely people.
New Yorkers are always rude.
They're not rude. They just get to the point.

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Q10 Dislike Which of these states would you least like to visit?
Illinois
Arkansas
Florida
Maine

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Q11 Texas What do you think makes Texas special?
Everything is bigger there.
I don't think it's all that special.
Austin
Texas barbecue is like putting heaven in your mouth.

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Q12 Live Did you grow up in the same state where you live now?
No, but I grew up close.
I still live there.
I spent some of my childhood there.
I've lived in a lot of places.

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Q13 Bean Dumplings Would you ever eat something called bean dumplings?
They are delicious.
I'll pass, but thanks for asking.
No, but I'll eat chicken and dumplings all day.
There are too many carbs in dumplings.

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Q14 Rush Hour Are you comfortable driving during rush hour in a major city?
No, thank you!
It makes me nervous, but I can do it.
I've never tried it.
It's where I shine.

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Q15 Motto Which one of these state mottos could be your own personal mantra?
Live free or die
Mountaineers are always free
By valor and arms
It grows as it goes

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Q16 Soda When you order a drink, do you order a soda, a pop or a Coke?
I order a Coke.
It's soda.
It's soda pop.
We call it pop here.

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Q17 Hog Roast If you were invited to a hog roast, would you go?
It's not my thing.
I might stop in for a bite.
That sounds like a great way to spend a day.
Eww ... no way!

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Q18 Polite Are you as polite as they are known for being in the south?
I have my moments.
I'm polite, but they are extra in the south.
I certainly am!
That's not how anyone would describe me.

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Q19 Sunday What are you usually found doing on a Sunday afternoon?
Watching the game
Going for a drive
Taking a nap
Hanging out with friends and family

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Q20 Football Are you more into college football or professional football?
I like them both.
I don't watch football.
I love college ball!
I only watch local school teams play.

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Q21 Hoagie Would you order a hoagie, a grinder or a sub?
I would order a torpedo.
It's a sub.
I call them grinders.
They're hoagies to me.

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Q22 Midwest Out of these midwestern states, which one is most charming?
Indiana
Ohio
Iowa
Kentucky

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Q23 Cows When you see a cow, how do you react?
I see them all the time. I barely notice.
I tell everyone in the car about it.
I say, "Hi, cow!"
I hope it doesn't touch me.

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Q24 Canada vs Mexico Would you rather spend a week in Canada or Mexico?
I'll take Canada for $200, Alex.
Can I have one of each?
Mexico is a great place to visit.
I would rather go to Japan.

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Q25 Florida Which Florida town sounds more your style?
Tallahassee
Clearwater
Miami
Orlando

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Q26 SouthEast Which southeastern state sounds like the best place to live?
Arizona
New Mexico
Nevada
Colorado

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Q27 Car Truck Do you need an economy car or a pickup truck for your commuting needs?
A small car does the job.
I need a truck.
My SUV works just fine.
I ride my bike or take the bus.

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Q28 Pacific Northwest Have you ever been to the Pacific Northwest?
I love it there!
It's a nice place to visit.
It's not my bag.
No, but I would love to go!

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Q29 Drive in Snow Are you afraid to drive in snowy weather?
As long as it's not a blizzard, I'm good.
I try to avoid it.
No one should drive in snowy weather.
It doesn't bother me at all.

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Q30 Beach Do you like east coast beaches or west coast beaches better?
I like the mountains more.
East coast beaches are so much fun!
The west coast has more going for it.
Take me to the Gulf of Mexico instead.

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