I hate hot weather, expensive areas, bad natural disasters, high crime rate, overpopulated.
States that I dreamed of living in:
6. New Hampshire
8. Washington State
How about Michigan? it is much less expensive than Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado and has a wonderful unpopulated expanses as well as more wide sandy beaches than any other state.
Try NH if you can find a job there.
I’m from NJ too. I was living in another country on another continent at 20. What’s to fear? Research each State’s crime stats to help you decide.