BOSTON – Every week there's a new survey that ranks the states in the country from best to worst. Earlier, we learned that Massachusetts ranked as the best state in the country for public education. We also saw The Princeton Review rank Massachusetts universities as some of the best for food, but as some of the worst for quality of professors.
Now, there is a new survey out that ranks Massachusetts near the bottom of the results. And, depending on your attitude, this could either be seen as a blemish on Massachusetts or a badge of honor.
Recently, travel website Big 7 release a ranking of the 50 states in order from most friendly to least friendly. And Massachusetts ended up coming in near the bottom of the list, at 47th.
Obviously, we try to be as friendly as possible, given our overcrowded highways and broken public transportation system, but perhaps it's just not in our blood. We're used to minding our own business, for better or worse. The Masshole moniker is not totally unearned. And sometimes we wear it with pride.
Here is what Big 7 had to say about the bay state's friendliness: "Massachusetts locals aren’t exactly rude, per se, but the overall indifference towards strangers can take its toll. Ignoring people isn’t exactly a trait that will put Massachusetts among the friendliest states in America.”
So, yeah, 47th probably seems about right for our state. Ranking behind Massachusetts is Delaware in 48th, Arkansas in 49th, and New York in dead last. Per the New York Post, New Yorkers are definitely proud of that honor.
New England overall performed poorly, with Maine beating out the others at only 31st place. As for the friendliest state, Minnesota received that honor. It makes sense since it is so close to Canada, after all.
I think Massachusetts could afford to be a bit friendlier. After all, we win sports championships every year. What's to complain about?