Every state has official items, activities, and symbols. In Alabama, we have a state seal, flag, tree, flower, and the list goes on and on but not an “official” state scent.

I double-checked with State Symbols USA and no scent was listed. This made me dive deeper to see if any states had an “official” scent.


The short answer is no. However, that all could change soon because “New Mexico could “become the first state in the nation to proudly have an official state aroma, a proposal now being considered by lawmakers,” according to The Guardian.

NPR said that “a bill would make "green chilis roasting in the fall" its signature scent" in New Mexico.

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What if Alabama had a State scent? That would surely be the talk of the United States. But, what exactly would that scent smell like? We took to Facebook to see what you thought. Here is the outcome.

If the State of Alabama Had an Official Scent, What Would It Be?

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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