Have you ever wondered how similar or different two states are? The State Similarity Rating attempts to quantify how similar states are to each other relative to other states. The index is a statistically-based way to measure this. The index weights equally five major aspects of states: their demographics, culture, politics, infrastructure, and geography. The research combines 1,000 different data points. Each aspect was roughly balanced evenly between quantity/percentage and quality/type. See this post for a full explanation: State Similarity Rating
Similar to states in New England
New Hampshire is a fairly unique state, so few states are like it. The five most similar states are all located in New England. These states tend to have the highest percentage of White people. They are also some of the least religious states. In addition, states in New England have some of the highest snowfall totals in the country. Their land quite mountainous, since they are all located in the Appalachian Mountains.
Top 5 States Most Similar to New Hampshire
- Maine borders New Hampshire to the northeast. Both states border the Atlantic Ocean as well. They are two of the most forested states, so a low percentage of their land used for agriculture. Their laws are also similar, since these states have few restrictions on both guns and abortion. Their homes are most often heated by fuel oil and almost never heated by electricity, since they have such a cold climate. One big difference is that New Hampshire uses mostly nuclear power to create electricity.
- Vermont is another state that borders both Quebec and Massachusetts. Both states are heavily forested and have the same climate. Their demographics are extremely similar. Both states have many college graduates. These states also have high home ownership rates and many of their properties have their own septic systems. However, New Hampshire is slightly wealthier, although it has a lower minimum wage than Vermont.
- Connecticut does not border New Hampshire, but the states also have a lot in common. Both are original colonies that border Massachusetts and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, very few people in these states are in the military, although they both have naval bases. Although both states are heavily forested, Connecticut has a much higher population density. Another difference is that Connecticut has far stricter laws restricting guns than New Hampshire.
- Massachusetts is just to the south of New Hampshire and both states border the Atlantic Ocean. The accents of their people are practically the same. Both states have low rates of homicide and incarceration. However, their sources of electricity are far different since Massachusetts relies on natural gas. Another difference is that Massachusetts has more restrictions on abortion than New Hampshire, despite the fact the state is more favorable to Democrats than New Hampshire.
- Rhode Island is yet another state in New England that borders the Atlantic Ocean on this list. Rhode Island is also more densely populated and less mountainous than New Hampshire. It also has far more coastline. Still, relatively few people in these states have guns or hunting licenses. In addition, these states often vote for the same presidential primary candidates. Both states also require a photo ID to vote.
Top 5 States Least Similar to New Hampshire
- Louisiana is one of the hottest and wettest states. It gets very little snowfall and is not nearly as mountainous as New Hampshire. One interesting similarity is that both states have many people with French ancestry. However, Louisiana has far more African Americans. Due to its large industrial sector, Louisiana also uses far more electricity per capita than New Hampshire and it creates most of it using natural gas.
- Mississippi‘s demographics and culture also differ greatly from New Hampshire. Mississippi has the highest percentage of African Americans in the United States. It is also one of the poorest and least educated states. In addition, it is one of the most religious states, in stark contrast to New Hampshire. Furthermore, Mississippi is not nearly as mountainous. Still, one similarity is that both states are quite rural and are sparsely populated.
- Texas has a hotter climate and gets far less snowfall than New Hampshire. Furthermore, their demographics and culture are also quite different. Texas has far more Latinos and its population is on average much younger than New Hampshire’s. Although both states have many Catholics, people in New Hampshire are far less religious. The homicide rate and incarceration rate in Texas is much higher too.
- Oklahoma is just to the north of Texas. A far higher percentage of the state’s land is used for agriculture and it is significantly less mountainous than New Hampshire. Far more people in Oklahoma have guns and hunting licenses. Another difference is that very few people in Oklahoma are Catholic. Furthermore, these states do not often vote for the same presidential primary candidates.
- Utah is a landlocked state that has a far drier climate than New Hampshire. While New Hampshire is one of the least religious states, people in Utah are predominately Mormon. Another difference is that Utah favors Republicans far more than New Hampshire. It also has one of the youngest average populations in the United States. Still, both states are fairly mountainous and get significant snowfall.
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