Which US State Matches Your Lifestyle?

Zoe Samuel

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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?

What kind of realistic driving situation do you like best?

How do you feel about taxes?

Do you have any special dietary concerns?

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

What's your favorite thing to do on a winter weekend?

How do you deal with heat waves?

What kind of flora do you like to have in or around your dwelling?

Of these, which kind of dog would you like best?

Which of these industries would you most like to be a part of?

Which of these best describes your dream job?

How many square feet make a comfortable home for you?

How close do you like your nearest neighbor to be?

How do you feel about political demonstrations?

How often do you go to see live theater?

What kind of music club would you go to regularly?

How do you feel when you're walking along a street in a major city?

Which of these leg coverings would you like to wear?

How should tourists behave?

With what kind of famous people would you most like to rub elbows?

What do you like to do when you go to the beach?

What destination outside of the U.S. are you most likely to visit?

What style of dress would you like to make your workplace style?

In what industry do you actually work?

Which of these states is closest to where the bulk of your family lives?

How would you prefer to commute?

What do you do to stay in shape?

Which of these statements best describes your income?

How large is your family?

How involved are you in your community?

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