It seems to have originated in eastern tropical Africa and spread from there to Europe and eastwards into Asia to the Tien Shan range. It is variously called the European, western or common honey bee in different parts of the world.
Although not native to North America, bees are found in every state. You will not find Africanized or “killer” honey bees, as they require tropical climates to survive. Honey and bumble bees build wax hives, while ground bees dig holes in wood or earth. They are not particular as to where they build nests. You can find them attached to your soffits, near your natural gas meter (they are attracted to its scent), or under your siding.