One of the greatest charms of Maine is the pleasantness of its people. We open doors for one another, we pay it forward when we can and if someone is down-and-out, we want to help them get through it.

One recent list compiled many areas of rudeness to show the nation Maine's pleasantness isn't a façade. It's our culture.

Taking a look at a list created by, Maine has come out as one of the most polite states in the United States.

The list takes in to account many factors. First, they analyzed rude drivers of each state from data regarding driving violations, such as yielding violations, failure to stop violations, prohibited passing, tailgating, hit and runs drivers' records and hit and run violations). Next, they took a look at average tipping for each state. Also taken into consideration profanity taken from a survey about how each state ranks with profanity used for customer service representatives. And, lastly, taken into consideration is how other states view the rudeness of each state.

The states that proved most rude included Virginia at number three, New England's most populated state, Massachusetts, at number 2 and, at the top spot, the most rude state in the nation was found to be Rhode Island. Who woulda thunk?

As for states that come out the least rude on the list, the top earner of least rude was Mississippi. At the top of the list following Mississippi were two other southern states, Arkansas and North Carolina, respectively.

Here's a run down of what the list came up with ranking all states in the United States on their rudeness or lack-there-of.

Here's the top 10 U.S. States that ranked most rude in the nation:

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Virginia
  4. New York
  5. California
  6. Washington
  7. New Jersey
  8. Utah
  9. Illinois
  10. Ohio

And here are the top 10 U.S. States that ranked the least rude of the nation:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Arkansas
  3. North Carolina
  4. Vermont
  5. Kentucky
  6. South Carolina
  7. Minnesota
  8. Louisiana
  9. , 10. 11. (3-way-tie): Maine, Delware, Alabama

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