51 Reasons California Is America's Best State

First, Gawker started counting down the worst American states in order. (California ranked #46.)

Then the good folks at SF Weekly's sister papers in Minnesota (#45) and Texas (#13) took issue with this, and both dug deep to try to prove that their states are actually America's best.

Both papers mustered lists of 50 reasons, which is impressive, given what they have to work with.

In California, we don't have to work to make a case at all. All you have to do is open a window, and the case for CA supremacy is closed.

S0, it's probably cruel of us share to this list of what is already obvious. But 51 items came to us during an idle moment this morning, as we lay beneath one of this state's many orange trees, feeling a sweet Pacific breeze tease our hair, and listening to Otis Redding sing “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” the greatest pop song yet penned and performed by an American.

Why 51? Because Cali is above and beyond, y'all.


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