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Thank you to the 2018 Politeness Index for ranking Iowa small businesses the No. 17 most polite in the nation. 

Data scientists at FreshBooks analyzed the invoices of small businesses for the words "please" and "thank you" to determine which states are most polite.

Here are the rankings of most polite states:

1. Oklahoma (49%)

2. Alabama (27%)

3. Ohio (21%)

4. Rhode Island (18%)

5. Massachusetts (17%)

6. Wisconsin (16%)

7. North Carolina (15%)

8. Minnesota (15%)

9. Texas (15%)

10. Colorado (15%)

11. Washington (14%)

12. Georgia (14%)

13. Wyoming (14%)

14. Kansas (14%)

15. North Dakota (13%)

16. Nevada (13%)

17. Iowa (12%)

18. Arkansas (12%)

19. Maryland (12%)

20. Oregon (12%)

21. South Carolina (12%)

22. California (12%)

23. Alaska (12%)

24. Hawaii (12%)

25. Florida (12%)

26. Missouri (12%)

27. Connecticut (12%)

28. Kentucky (11%)

29. Virginia (11%)

30. Maine (11%)

31. Michigan (11%)

32. Idaho (10%)

33. Louisiana (10%)

34. Indiana (10%)

35. Montana (10%)

36. Pennsylvania (10%)

37. Vermont (10%)

38. New Mexico (10%)

39. South Dakota (10%)

40. Arizona (9%)

41. Nebraska (9%)

42. New York (9%)

43. Delaware (8%)

44. Illinois (8%)

45. New Jersey (8%)

46. West Virginia (8%)

47. New Hampshire (7%)

48. Mississippi (7%)

49. Utah (6%)

50. Tennessee (6%)

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