We like Adam Levine as much as the next girl (okay, probably a little bit more than that), but in our minds, there’s no one more deserving of the title of Sexiest Man Alive than Ian Smolderhotter Somerhalder.

The Vampire Diaries heartthrob may have lost out to Adam for the coveted People crown, but homeboy is definitely still a winner. Not only does he hold a very special place in our hearts (that’s the most important, right?), but People named him the hottest dude from his home state of Louisiana!

Of course, it’s not just his smoldering eyes and smirky smile that won him the title. Ian is an avid supporter of environmental conservation, a cause which was largely inspired by the area he’s from. “I grew up on those bayous,” he revealed to People. “I’m from the gulf of Louisiana, and it’s one of the most beautiful, delicate ecosystems in the world.”

When it comes to People’s roundup of the United States of the Sexy, Ian is undoubtedly in good company. Other hotties on the list include Channing Tatum (Alabama), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (California), Usher (Georgia), Aaron Paul (Idaho), Patrick Dempsey (Maine), Tom Brady (Michigan), Jon Hamm (Missouri), Bradley Cooper (Pennsylvania), and Chord Overstreet (Tennessee).

Congrats to Ian on a well-deserved win!