According to calculations by BestLife magazine, only 28 percent of New Jersey’s population has “state pride,” and it is loathed most by people in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut — giving it a “hatred index” of 818.
The Hatred Index was formed by “calculating the percentage of the population that has recently moved out of each state” and combined with a Gallup Poll showing state pride “defined as the percentage of people who agreed with the statement that their state is ‘the best or one of the best possible states to live.’”
Finally, the mag looked at “the findings of illustrator and amateur researcher Matt Shirley, who polled his 320,000 Instagram followers from across the country in 2020 to discover which state they hate the most.”
“We then factored in the population of the states that hated on each state to measure the volume of hostility hurled in every state’s direction … These results were compiled into an algorithm that produced the final score of our Hatred Index, wherein the higher the number, the more hated that state is,” the mag wrote.
Rounding out the top 10 most-hated states were: Texas, California, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama and Kansas.
New York came in as the 11th most-hated, with 41 percent of state pride, people in Massachusetts hating us the most and a “hatred index” of 207.
Meanwhile, the least-hated states were out west: Utah, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming — with Idaho “winning” as the least-hated state.