New Verizon Study Says Massachusetts Is Ranked One Of The Meanest States

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts was one of the last states on a list of the kindest states in the country, according to a new study by Verizon.

The Bay State ranked 45 on the list. The other states across New England ranked much higher; New Hampshire ranked 7, Rhode Island ranked 17, Vermont ranked 20, Maine ranked 30, and Connecticut ranked 39.

Verizon’s “A Call for Kindness” campaign, partnered with, is intended to inspire people to be kind to one another.

“We surveyed thousands of people from all 50 states and from all walks of life on what kind acts they would do,” said Dr. Oliver Scott Curry, research director for “Overall, our research revealed a surprisingly high capacity for kindness across America, and the results across all the states were remarkably similar.”

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According to their research, the top three kindest acts ranked by Americans overall were: “Become an organ donor for a family member,” “Pull a stranger from a burning car,” “Adopt and raise a family member.”

Kentucky was crowned the kindest state in the U.S., the study said.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Chris Fama asked people on the street if they thought the Commonwealth’s ranking in the study was fair. Many disagreed, saying that they believed New York was less kind than Massachusetts. However, New York was ranked 32.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports:

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