What comes to mind when you think of the state of Florida? Is it orchards full of oranges that smell like if Heaven grew on a tree? Is it the massive theme parks around Orlando that beckon you in with rides and wonders the likes of which a kid could only dream of? Maybe it's Spring Break and the debauchery that ensues for an entire week, or possibly even just kicking it on the beach at just about any time of year given how warm the place can get compared to most other States?
Clearly the state has plenty to offer both residents and travelers alike, and the state rakes in the tourism money to back it up. However, if you regularly browse the more social areas of the internet, you quickly start to get a very different impression of what exactly people think of the Sunshine State: namely that they don't seem to be especially fond of it.
Places like Twitter's FloridaMan account seem to paint the picture of a state with some of the most over the top, dumbest criminals on the face of the earth, and jokes about about the state's reputation run rampant online.
Well, that reputation seems to have gained momentum, as Thrillist recently ranked all 50 American states "based on everything," and Florida came in dead last.
The article doesn't do much to elaborate on the decision, as each state basically only gets a single paragraph entry. In this case, it reads:
"When putting together a list such as this, there can be some temptation to defy popular expectations, and go against the grain. However, Florida’s awfulness resume is so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it."
Other states to place in the bottom 10 include Delaware, Ohio, Arizona, Utah, Mississippi, Connecticut, North Dakota, Missouri, and Nevada. Meanwhile, the top 10 states were Colorado, California, Washington, Minnesota, Hawaii, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Maine, and topping off the list at #1, Michigan. We can only wonder as to how the order was chosen.