This Is What Your State Googles the Most
Curious as to which news stories, people, issues, trends, and events made people in your state say, “Hey, Google” the most? Come on in because we’ve got the results of a recent analysis of each state’s most Googled search terms from last year.
Alabama: Della Reese
Thank’s to a brilliant analysis by Internet news outlet The Daily Dot, we know that “Della Reese” (the Touched by an Angel actress and singer who passed away in 2017) was on the minds of folks from Alabama, along with:
- eclipse glasses WalMart
- Roy Moore allegations
- Niger soldiers killed
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Alaska: What is a dotard?
In an example of world leaders not playing exactly “nice,” the leader of North Korea disparagingly referred to President Donal J. Trump as a “dotard.” It’s not a new slur; in fact, it goes all the way back to the middle ages. But it sure caught the attention of Alaska, making it one of Alaska’s most searched terms. Unlike dotard, these old insults have become compliments.
Arizona: Alyssa Milano me too
When actress Alyssa Milano tweeted about the #MeToo movement, she caught the attention of Arizona in a big way. Arizonans also were curious about:
- Chester Bennington (singer-songwriter)
- Joe Arpaio pardon
- Lil Peep (rapper)
Arkansas: Glenn Campbell
It might be surprising to learn that Arkansas folks were particularly interested in googling Glenn Campbell, the country singer who passed away in 2017. He was the great “Arkansas Farmboy,” after all.
California: iPhone X
A big state like California naturally had quite a lot of popular Google searches attributed to its people and technology. These include the following searches that are naturally of particular interest to California folks
- UC Berkeley protests
- Best Picture 2018
- Ed Westwick allegations
- Brett Ratner allegations
Colorado: Tour de France
Considering Colorado has one of the best bike tours you can take in all the nation, it’s only natural that the Tour de France cycling race was on the minds of Coloradans. Other popular Colorado Google searches included:
- Michael Flynn guilty
- Bill O’Reilly allegations
- How can I help Puerto Rico
Connecticut: Puerto Rico
Another state particularly concerned with Puerto Rico, Connecticut was doing a lot of searching for ” Puerto Rico news” and “Puerto Rico electricity.” Throughout 2017, folks in Connecticut were also interested in Connecticut native Paul Manafort (Trump’s former campaign manager, who is standing trial for tax evasion and other crimes), Aaron Boone (former MLB player and current manager of the Yankees), and “opioid addiction” (Connecticut is currently in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis).
Delaware: John McCain cancer
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One of our nation’s tiniest states, Delaware nevertheless has broadly eclectic interests, as their top Google searches reveal:
- elf on the shelf meme
- Mariah Carey (singer)
- Roy Halladay (former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, who died in a plane crash in 2017)
- Warren Beatty Oscars 2017
- Cosby trial
Florida: Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria
Florida has quite the history with hurricanes, which is probably why these 2017 hurricanes, along with Puerto Rico, were up there among the most Googled search terms last year. Also popular in Florida searches:
- James Comey (former FBI director)
- Chelsea Manning (soldier, analyst)
- Venezuela coup
- Venezuela travel ban
Georgia: Georgia special election
It was an exciting year in Georgia politics, and Georgia was on the edge of their seats for the April 18, 2017, special election for the House of Representatives 6th Congressional District seat, which resulted in a runoff on June 20 (Republican Karen Handel ultimately was the victor). Georgia also was keenly interested in the health of one musician—Usher, who famously sang “Georgia On My Mind” in a 2016 Ray Charles tribute—and the death of another—Gregg Allman, who died in Georgia in 2017.