The Water Cooler – The State You Hate?

February 26, 2015 12:00 pm · 91 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

What is one state in the U.S. you WOULD NOT want to live in?

Talk about it….

1 73 MONTE CARLO February 26, 2015 at 12:08 PM

West Virginia. A very depressing state.

2 Silva February 26, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Maybe Utah?

3 Captain Bebops February 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Alaska, too cold. That’s why I live in California after spending most of my adult life in Washington state. But given this apocalyptic drought I may need to rethink that.

4 Chris February 26, 2015 at 12:26 PM

I think Hawaii. Might be a nice place to visit but I’d feel a little cut off from the rest of the world like I was on an island or something.

5 thx4youropinion February 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

One? I can’t name just one …


(That’s at the tip of another state I would not live in: Texas. And that’s not too far from another state I would not live in: Florida. I’d also avoid New Mexico, Arizona — probably a few et ceteras to add …).

6 Voodoo February 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Hawaii…. a nice place to visit and vacation, but not live in.. IMO. I’d go bananas.

7 Grateful February 26, 2015 at 12:33 PM

I am 6th generation Californian…..used to like my home state, but its getting hard to like it.

8 landana February 26, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Florida, crazy things happen there.

9 Newman February 26, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Any Confederate state.

10 Jesse February 26, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Hard to pick just one, but off the top of my head Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota. If I could only pick one, I guess I’d say Oklahoma.

I feel lucky to live where I do. I’ve lived in other parts of the country. California is the best!

11 Spark Baldman February 26, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Nevada. Its like driving across the moon! Rock rock and more rock.

12 Julio February 26, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Chris is right. Had the experience of living in the beautiful state of Hawaii.
Being on an island becomes claustrophobic to some. You can go to one of the other islands for a change of pace but it soon becomes the same trapped feeling.

13 Dorothy February 26, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Kansas – too flat. Not fond of Texas either.

14 Matt schmidt February 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM


15 Anon777 February 26, 2015 at 12:43 PM

I’d have to say Texas or Mississippi as they are the worst states to be a woman in.

16 Voodoo February 26, 2015 at 12:48 PM


A woman or female?

17 StateoftheState February 26, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Michigan and anything across the mason-dickson line.

18 Fred February 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

I moved from California to Texas because of work. I thought it was going to be like John Wayne in the Monument Valley. Of course it turned out to be nothing like it. People are pretty much the same all over and that’s really all that matters. The rest you can ignore or embrace as you choose.

19 Pyrrhus February 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Any of the bible belt states. While I’m a very religious person, I don’t want people dictating their religious beliefs on others, especially those that want to make Christianity the official religion of the US. Don’t get me wrong, the people are very nice, but I do not agree with them at all politically or socially.

20 Upstanding Citizens February 26, 2015 at 1:04 PM

The “state” of mind of today’s population! 😡

21 culo February 26, 2015 at 1:12 PM

California sucks the worst this state got so many problems jus getting worse

22 Dwight Schrute February 26, 2015 at 1:12 PM


23 Andrea February 26, 2015 at 1:34 PM

I moved from Michigan and I would not want to live there ever again…but also N/S Dakota, Utah, Texas, Ohio, Maine, Alaska, and Oklahoma are my top places that I could never live.

24 thx4youropinion February 26, 2015 at 1:51 PM

@ #19 — Absolute ditto to what you said!

25 mohairs February 26, 2015 at 1:52 PM

I wouldn’t want to live in the state of Confusion – although, I think I may already be headed there… =o)
I would say ‘Ohio’ – my husband’s from there and I tried it. The weather wasn’t nice. Being a native Californian, I missed so much about CA that I didn’t realize. Thankfully he moved here with me 16 years ago and we’ve been here ever since.

26 Domestic CEO February 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Arkansas and Florida. Arkansas was humid, cloudy and boring. Lots of bugs too. I have been to Florida several times and it was horrible weather every time. I don’t hate these states, I just don’t want to visit them anymore.

27 Bazooka Joe February 26, 2015 at 2:08 PM

New Mexico, it’s one of the poorest states in the Union.

28 Kirkwood February 26, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I need to always have mountains, the ocean, or large lakes within a couple hours drive. Didn’t like Texas, Oklahoma, New Orleans, Michigan, but Rhode Island was nice. Tucson area does have a stark beauty about it.
We were taught as kids to see interest and beauty in any landscape, be it I-5 or Nevada. If I was picked up and put down someplace else I could find a way to be happy just about anywhere.

29 nytemuvr February 26, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Where ever it’s the most cold. I been in Wisconsin in -18 degree weather and literally had to psych myself up to come out of my truck to eat.

30 ClayDen February 26, 2015 at 2:12 PM

I wouldn’t want to live in any state other than California. I’ve been to 40 states, but am a Bay Area native. There are some nice parts in every state that I’ve been too (even Nevada). I love Hawaii (especially Kauai), but couldn’t live there. This beautiful state is run by a bunch of lunatics elected by a bunch of morons. However, I don’t plan to leave, as there is so much here, especially in and around the Bay Area. The only place I want to live is somewhere between Calistoga and Carmel, and Clayton seems just about perfect. The only thing that would get me to leave would be if all of our children and grandchildren lived elsewhere.

31 jtkatec February 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM

Anybody been to Idaho?

32 TinFoiler February 26, 2015 at 2:21 PM


33 PC February 26, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Fred #18 said it well. Most everywhere has strengths and weaknesses and we learn to make the best of where we can make a go-of-it. When people are friendly and tolerant it certainly helps, too. Maybe the question should be, What state has the least friendly and intolerant people?

34 DanMtz February 26, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Of the ones I’ve visited, Florida. Cannot deal with the weather. It’s hot and humid, then 10 minutes later it’s pouring. And 10 minutes later it’s hot and humid again.

35 Buddy February 26, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Any of the flat middle states like Nebraska, Kansas and especially Wyoming. They are totally worthless. Too much wind and cold for me.

36 joe joe February 26, 2015 at 3:22 PM

I’v been to Idaho about ten years ago after we visited Mt.Rushmore in South Dakota. Both states are very beautiful and green unlike our dry and brown California. The ony bad thing was when we were driving back in Idaho my mom got a speeding ticket. The officer was very nice and the best part was that the ticket was only $50!!!

37 posty February 26, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Missouri, Chicago, and many parts of Florida.

38 Cellophane February 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM

I don’t hate any state, but I think Rhode Island would be the oddest state to live in. It’s just a little larger than Contra Costa County at 802 sq miles while RI is a 1000 sq miles. Del Norte is about the same size as RI. A state line can run down your street or through your house like county lines do around here.

I have lived in areas where a state line runs through a community. Always seems rather odd.

39 Incognito February 26, 2015 at 3:32 PM

The first that comes to mind is Texas.

Utah is beautiful, but I probably would not want to live there. A very “dry” state – you get weird looks if you order a glass of wine (if you can find one) at a restaurant for dinner. They’d really think you’re weird if you ordered a bottle.

40 ... February 26, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Where ever you end up with months of snow.
CA would be even nicer if something could be done about the infestation of democrat politicians, ruining it.

41 Jojo Potato February 26, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Texas. Although the drive through liquor stores are nice.

42 Concord Guy February 26, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Texas. Because it is populated by Texans.

43 73 MONTE CARLO February 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

I googled “most miserable states”, and for 6 years in a row, West Virginia has been rated “most miserable.” I guess I agree with the residents.

They have the lowest education, highest obesity rates, high unemployment, poor healthcare, and overall poor quality of living.

What’s not to like about it.

44 StuPedaso February 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

I don’t wanna live nowhere but Cali…………40 million people can’t be wrong.

45 stupid people February 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Pretty much any state in the south. but if you want me to narrow it down, I choose Texas or Florida.

Texas = stupid fat/lazy people everywhere

Florida = murderers everywhere

46 stupid people February 26, 2015 at 4:16 PM

@21 then please leave. go to another place like Arizona or Texas, Florida, Mississippi and see how “wonderful” people are over there. Not to mention the weather sucks over there.

Then tell me how bad the state of California is. Gotta love some of you winers.

47 Aholes February 26, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Minnesota. For some reason, it appears all the fat people come from there.

48 Upstanding Citizens February 26, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Minnesota. For some reason, it appears all the fat people come from there. – Aholes #47

Are you going to go hunt down the egg clutch and burn them before they hatch?

49 @stupid people February 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Speaking of stupid people, what are winers?
Napa Valley isn’t part of Claycord.

50 Antler February 26, 2015 at 4:49 PM

The belligerent, dense, uninformed mindset of almost all the people I met while visiting and touring in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama was rather shocking. But I would try my best to transplant well …. even into those states.

51 Old Otis February 26, 2015 at 4:51 PM

It’s hard to say………I haven’t been to ALL 57 states yet. 😉

52 Old Otis February 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

#40 … you got that right!

53 anon February 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM


54 Silva February 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM

I have relatives in Texas who would disown me if they knew anything at all about me, but I love them anyway, from afar. But for my Austin kin they are… very different.

55 Silva February 26, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Flat & landlocked does sound awful.

56 MEe February 26, 2015 at 5:44 PM

In all honesty I think the worst place would be northern Alaska. Like Barrow. 6.months of dark and -20 f then summer 24.hours of daylight with highs in the 30s. Maybe 40s.if your lucky. And only a few miles or road then nothing but frozen tundra for.miles and polar bears. Also like 700 feet of permafrost? The only plus is you would get to see the northern lights while getting hypothermia and frost bite. Sounds fun.

57 Dr. Dick February 26, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Texas….it’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.

58 philthyPHRESH February 26, 2015 at 6:46 PM

Any state that doesn’t start with California. Because it’s not the same.

59 Silva February 26, 2015 at 7:29 PM

It’s the heat too.

60 Fletcher G. Fitzgerald February 26, 2015 at 7:38 PM

I’d have to say Arizona and Florida.

Arizona mostly because of their inane politics and

Florida because it’s flat, hot and everyone there are dumb hicks.

61 JohnBobson February 26, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Everyone bags on texas because of politics… but stupid californian politics aside, Texas is a great place. Stop being so liberal that your idiotic statements blur your brains.. My vote goes for New Mexico.. never ever could live in that gross broke joint..

and #45…. Texans are generally not fat nor stupid.. its more of a USA thing..
and as far as Florida being full of murderers, i would say Cali has just as many if not more… might want to check your stats,.

62 Cheech February 26, 2015 at 8:39 PM

Mississippi. Backwoods yahoos. I lived there when I was younger. Shacks with a big Cadillac outside. Old Black men used to drive the neighborhood in an old blue truck selling watermelon. I used to get excited, and the next door woman babysitting me said “a n-ger touched it”. A four year old doesn’t need to hear this crap, nor the “Jesus” songs at daycare.
And all that white hood crap is true. After my dad finished college, Ole Miss, I was happy to leave.

63 Texas Proud February 26, 2015 at 8:56 PM

I find it rather funny all the hateful things you people say about Texas. With that being said, all you rude people are the exact reason I can’t wait to move back to the Great State of Texas. My birthplace, my love, my HOME! It’s where my family, my friends & true good hearted people are. You people (most) would not know the meaning of polite or manners if it was right in front of your face! It’s a shame, all the hate! Bless yalls hearts!

64 The B-52's February 26, 2015 at 9:02 PM

“You’re living in Your own Private Idaho”

65 Eddie Monsoon February 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Mississippi or Alabama. California, the “give away state” is turning to crap which is why I am leaving, but CA is still better than Mississippi and Alabama

66 Silva February 26, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Don’t mess with Texas!

67 Fletcher G. Fitzgerald February 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM

@63: I’ve noticed most people are hating on Texas, but I think a lot of Texans hate California. In fact, according to the rest of the nation, California is the #1 hated state. I don’t buy into the stereotypes of California being a state populated by hippie, tofu-eating gay liberals and Texas as fat, stupid women-hating conservatives. This, unfortunately, is the slant of how the news media portrays the states.

68 Theyellowranger February 26, 2015 at 10:02 PM

Been to many states for business. Kentucky was the worst. Every restaurant was fast food and/or a buffet.

69 Ancient Mariner February 26, 2015 at 10:33 PM

I don’t understand the hatred of Texas.
I went there a few years ago – the people are very friendly and courteous.
I didn’t like the humidity (San Antonio, Austin), but there are lots of other humid states, so that doesn’t make Texas particularly bad. I think the big difference is not between state and state, but between urban and rural. Big cities (100,000 plus) tend to be left-leaning while rural areas tend to be right-leaning. This applies to all states. There are no red or blue states, but there are red and blue counties. There are blue counties in Texas and red counties in California. I’ve spent lots of time in the Central Valley – some places are real hood-wearin’ redneck towns – not chai-drinking, liberal places at all.
I had a good time in Texas.

70 Texas Proud February 26, 2015 at 10:47 PM

I agree with you #67 though I can’t speak for every true Texan, I personally have never known anyone who said they hated California. It was only after we were stationed in California that I began to see a clear hate for Texas folk out here. I just don’t understand it!
I myself do not dislike Cali, the weather is amazing 😉

71 Dr. Jellyfinger February 27, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Delaware! The First State; The Small Wonder; Blue Hen State; The Diamond State….. all bull crap! It is the Venereal Disease State! You might get the impression that I’ve had negative experiences in Delaware….. Well….. maybe so!

72 Art Ard February 27, 2015 at 1:13 AM

I used to be from Texas, but not no more!

73 Connie Dobbs February 27, 2015 at 6:35 AM

The Bay Area, because of the people.

74 GGG February 27, 2015 at 6:53 AM


75 Miriam February 27, 2015 at 7:33 AM

The corn state, but love the beef.

76 Silva February 27, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Texans do make fun of us. Californians are the butt of many jokes over there. That’s okay. It makes them feel better. I think being a Texan man is different from being a Texan woman. I do have relatives there who are lovely, charming people. They won’t divorce, so everything will be okay.

77 The Mamba February 27, 2015 at 8:27 AM

Hard to say, given the number of states I haven’t visited. Backed into a corner right now, I’d say Florida.

78 Silva February 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Deserts are good on the eyes and ears. Good for short visits.

79 @ Connie Dobbs February 27, 2015 at 8:34 AM

That’s oaky Connie…….The bay area doesn’t like you either.

80 Kirkwood February 27, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Somebody mentioned Idaho, I used to go to (near) Boise every year but always late Spring when the weather is nice. Teenage society was always a couple of years behind the Coast and adults much more. It was more like a small town where a woman could leave her purse on a bench at the mall and two hours later it would still be there. Nice people. All minorities stayed in “their” areas. We never saw them.

Easterners do feel that California is a joke. Their society is much more serious and rigid than ours.

81 Texas Proud February 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

It would seem the door swings both ways Silva!

I am a Texan and a woman and have never been treated different, so I have no clue where you came up with that crap!!
Unless you are talking about the fact that one has a penis and the other does not then YES you are correct, we are very different 😉

82 Silva February 27, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Actually I wouldn’t mind parts of Texas at all. It’s a great big state with many parts. Just a bit too sub tropical for me.

T.P., Yeah, that’s what I was Talking about. 😉

83 Mimi (original) February 27, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Bible Belt States – this agnostic could not handle all the brothers and sisters in Christ (arms overhead, hands swaying back and forth)! Ugh!

84 Florida February 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM

I am sure there are some areas that would be fine. I am not a city person. And I have been to Miami and Orlando and didn’t like them…too humid, but probably if I were away from the cities I could put up with the humidity. I have been to most states and liked all the others I’ve been to. Florida was my least favorite because of being in the cities probably. If my only California experiences had been L.A. and S.F., I wouldn’t want to be in California, either. But 85% of California is wilderness, and I like all that.

85 Upstanding Citizens February 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

“Bible Belt States – this agnostic could not handle all the brothers and sisters in Christ (arms overhead, hands swaying back and forth)! Ugh!” – Mimi (original) #83

How about if we sweeten the deal with some snakes?

86 Atticus Thraxx February 27, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Another vote for Florida. It’s like America’s colostomy bag. With alligators. And sharks. And mosquitoes. Oh my.

Fix Our Roads

87 Frenchieluver February 27, 2015 at 9:31 PM

Nevada. Hot and ugly

88 caskydiver February 27, 2015 at 11:15 PM

Unfortunately, I am stuck here… vote for worst state is California.

89 Anoncord February 28, 2015 at 12:03 AM

California the state of liberal, commie, politically correct, entitled, socialism!!!

90 Sick Of It February 28, 2015 at 8:14 AM


91 commoncents February 28, 2015 at 9:06 AM

Any state where the right wing tinfoilers outnumber the sane.

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