Of all the states in the union, Thrillist has placed Michigan in the #1 spot. So if you live in Michigan, or simply love the Mitten State, you can wave you arms around in victory.

This ranking is not based on any sort of scientific data, and even though it is hard to disagree with Thrillist about Michigans many merits, its hard to agree with the rest of the rankings.

Fishing Pier. Photo © Rusty Young

Fishing Pier. Photo © Rusty Young

Everyone is going to have a different opinion on what state is the best, and will have plenty of hard won experience to back it up, but placing Kentucky, Louisiana and Wisconsin above Colorado was tough to stomach.

One thing I cannot dispute is that Florida can have the last spot, and our pals to the south in Ohio, can also rest comfortably near the bottom.

On Florida.

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.

And Ohio.

Getting LeBron back only further cemented its position as the Florida of the North.

Here is what they had to say about Michigan.

Far too much of the Michigan narrative centers on Detroit and its many issues. The Motor City’s become a scrappily rising underdog you can’t help but root for, but Michigan’s greatest strengths lie in the state as a whole. Did you know Michigan has more coastline than any state other than Alaska? Did you know it has such an embarrassment of beer riches that you can easily hit Bell’s and Founders in the same afternoon?

Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo © Stephanie Hume

Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo © Stephanie Hume

Did you know the UP is so remote and uniquely beautiful that it almost feels like a secret 51st state where they inexplicably love British meat pies? Did you know most residents are more than happy to apologize for Kid Rock? If you answered yes to at least three of these than you already understand Michigan’s charms. If you answered no to these questions, you should listen to the dulcet tones of Michigan tourism pitchman Tim Allen and get yourself there immediately.

They didn’t even mention Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Isle Royale, or Traverse City.

What do you think?

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