Michigan ranks No. 1 in ‘definitive’ ranking of states


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Michigan is great.

That’s according to “The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States” by Thrillist, a website focused on recommendations, which ranks Michigan the No. 1 state in the country. Thrillist posted the ranking to its travel section yesterday.

Writers Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch went beyond the state rankings the site has already completed on food/drink and beer to include the states’ overall contributions to the United States, in terms of inventions, food and drink, famous people, physical beauty and more.

The writers also acknowledge people across the country will disagree with the ranking of many states, but it’s likely Michiganders won’t.


Immediately, Thrillist navigates away from the negative Detroit talk in ranking Michigan No. 1 and calls it a “scrappily rising underdog you can’t help but root for.”

Instead of calling on the negatives, Thrillist cites Michigan’s massive amounts of coastline, the ability to visit both Founders Brewing Co. and Bell’s Brewery in an afternoon and the Upper Peninsula, which “almost feels like a secret 51st state, where they inexplicably love British meat pies.”

The writers also mention Tim Allen’s role as the “Pure Michigan” spokesperson, whose voice can be heard across the country speaking to the treasures of Michigan.

The top 10

1.   Michigan
2.   Maine
3.   Kentucky
4.   Wisconsin
5.   Louisiana
6.   Hawaii
7.   Minnesota
8.   Washington
9.   California
10. Colorado

Florida ranks No. 50, as its “awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way.”

Michigan’s neighbor, Ohio, didn’t fare much better, landing at No. 48, with the post citing LeBron James’ return to Cleveland as confirmation of the state’s status as “Florida of the North.”

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