Which US State Matches Your Lifestyle?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which US State Matches Your Lifestyle?
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About This Quiz

The U.S. is unique in that its states differ wildly. Other nations have separate regions with unique cultural differences, but none with as much variety. States in the U.S. vary in many key ways, from their economic and industrial makeup to their political leanings, from their landscape to their culture, and, of course, their climates. Life in one state may feel dull to you, but move to a state more closely aligned with your values and suddenly life is good.

This quality goes back to the founding of the nation, when the states were fiercely independent and insisted that they had to be allowed to maintain their autonomy, mostly for economic reasons. As the first 13 states expanded to 48 and then 50, times changed, and the states changed with them. Divisions were created, most dramatically culminating with the Civil War between North and South. State residents support their favorite sports and teams, and certain kinds of music are more or less regionally centered. 

Some differences between states are obvious, like the distinct lack of ski resorts in Florida, while others, such as where one has to live to see an "out-of-town" run of a Broadway musical, are less obvious. 

Think about what lifestyle makes you happy and answer our questions, then we'll tell you the ideal U.S. state that matches your lifestyle!

When would you walk to work?
Any day I can
When my car breaks down
In the summer
Once I've moved my job into my home office

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What kind of realistic driving situation do you like best?
Sitting in urban traffic
Sitting in a highway logjam
Driving behind a snowplow
Driving on one long road for hours

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How do you feel about taxes?
Painful but necessary
I'm proud to pay them.
Pay the minimum.
Taxes are theft. End of story.

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Do you have any special dietary concerns?
I'm on a special diet.
I have several food allergies.
I just have one preference: keeping things organic.
No

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If you were invited to a 7:30 p.m. dinner party at someone's house, when would you arrive?
7:45 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

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What's your favorite thing to do on a winter weekend?
See a musical
See a movie
Go skiing
Go for a swim

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How do you deal with heat waves?
Shower three times a day
Air conditioning
Go for a dip in a lake
Wear as little as possible

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What kind of flora do you like to have in or around your dwelling?
Potted indoor plants that don't need too much light
Potted plants that don't need much water
A wild garden
A grassy lawn

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Of these, which kind of dog would you like best?
Dachshund
Golden retriever
Husky
Chihuahua

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Which of these industries would you most like to be a part of?
Finance
Tech
Arts
Security

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Which of these best describes your dream job?
Hedge fund manager
Movie star
Eccentric food manufacturer
Broadcast TV personality

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How many square feet make a comfortable home for you?
750
2,100
3,000
2,700

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How close do you like your nearest neighbor to be?
As close as possible
A short walk
A walk of several minutes
A stone's throw. Yes, I really want to be within stone-throwing range.

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How do you feel about political demonstrations?
I love them, so long as they don't get in my way.
I'll take part in almost any of them!
They're great, just not in my back yard.
I hate them.

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How often do you go to see live theater?
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Once every six months

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What kind of music club would you go to regularly?
Jazz
Rock
Folk
Dance

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How do you feel when you're walking along a street in a major city?
Totally safe
Mostly safe
Somewhat safe
Very unsafe

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Which of these leg coverings would you like to wear?
Suit trousers
Leggings
Cargo shorts
Linen trousers

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How should tourists behave?
I don't mind them, so long as they step lively!
I don't mind them, so long as they stay in their designated spaces.
Leave things as you found them.
Party!

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With what kind of famous people would you most like to rub elbows?
High society
Actors
Athletes
Politicians

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What do you like to do when you go to the beach?
Read
Snorkle
Windsurf
Fish

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What destination outside of the U.S. are you most likely to visit?
Bermuda
Australia
Canada
Puerto Rico

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What style of dress would you like to make your workplace style?
Formal and old-fashioned
Relaxed cool
Utilitarian
Two words: track suit

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In what industry do you actually work?
Publishing
Agriculture
Manufacturing
Service industry

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Which of these states is closest to where the bulk of your family lives?
New Jersey
Oregon
Massachusetts
Texas

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How would you prefer to commute?
Via public transportation, so the state will invest in infrastructure
In a carpooling electric car
On cross-country skis or a bike, depending on the weather
In a gas-guzzling sports car from the 1980s

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What do you do to stay in shape?
Hit the gym!
Yoga
Climbing
Gyrotonics

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Which of these statements best describes your income?
I make well above the national average.
I make about the national average.
I make below the national average.
I'm not telling anyone!

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How large is your family?
Well below average
Above average
Below average
Above average

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How involved are you in your community?
I mostly keep to myself, but I'm nice to everyone.
I'm on the block association.
I volunteer with several local groups.
I pay my taxes! Leave me alone!

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