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.
Hawaii is made up of eight separate islands, and that may be why Hawaii’s most popular Google searches were, well, all over the map. In addition to bitcoin, they searched for :
- Matt Lauer accuser
- North Korea sanctions
- Gal Gadot (actress)
- Iron Fist (web TV series)
- Tabata workout
- complicit ((Merriam-Webster’s #2 Word of the Year for 2017)
- George and Amal Clooney Twins
Idaho: Doctor Who
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Illinois: Calories in a Unicorn Frappuccino
Well, who isn’t curious about the number of calories in a Unicorn Frappucino? So we can’t really blame the residents of Illinois for searching for it… a lot. They also were interested in the sexual assault allegations against actor Danny Masterson, as well as a nonspecific list of “celebrities accused of sexual assault.” Other popular Illinois Google searches included:
- NHL champions
- Keystone Pipeline leak 2017
- Chicago murder rate
Indiana: “What is a solar eclipse”
While folks in Alabama were searching for “eclipse sunglasses at Walmart,” folks in Indiana were keen to find out exactly what a solar eclipse is. They also searched for:
- Paul George (NBA player)
- Erin Moran (actress who died in Indiana in 2017)
- St. Petersburg subway blast
- Navy Seal killed in Yemen raid
- Blake Shelton Sexiest Man Alive
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Iowa: net neutrality
With net neutrality a thing of the past, the Des Moines Register asked the question: Is it a non-event in Iowa, or the next great divide? Apparently, this was on the minds of quite a lot of Iowans, because it was one of the two most Googled search terms in Iowa, along with “Keurig boycott.”
Kansas: Louis CK allegations
He’s not from Kansas, but he’s known for his (faux) hatred of “Kansas City”, but Louis CK was clearly on the minds of people from Kansas, who Googled about the sexual allegations against him more than almost anything else in 2017. Also popular search terms in Kansas:
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- National Anthem protests
- How many mass shootings in 2017
Kentucky: Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd grew up in Kentucky and is a huge fan of Kentucky basketball. No wonder “Ashley Judd” and “Ashley Judd Speech” (at the Washington D.C. Woman’s March in 2017) were two of the most Googled search terms, along with “How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor free” and “Harry Dean Stanton” (the Kentucky-born actor who passed in 2017). Don’t miss the most misspelled word in every state.
Louisiana: Al Sharpton selfie
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Bayou State natives were particularly interested in the selfies Al Sharpton takes of himself and posts on Instagram (he does look quite fit, actually). Folks in Louisiana were also doing a lot of searching for “Robert Guillaume” (the actor who passed in 2017) and “Fats Domino” (the Louisiana-born musician who died in Louisiana in 2017).
Maine: Blake Farenthold pajamas
The disgraced Texas Congressman’s pajamas had duckies on them, and Maine is known for its abundant waterfowl, so perhaps that’s the reason people from Maine Googled “Blake Farenthold pajamas” more than almost any other search term. Folks from Maine were also Googling:
- monkey selfie
- Sam Shepard (playwright who passed in 2017)
- Martin Landau (actor who passed in 2017)
- Charlie Rose allegations
- the #MeToo movement
- Mueller investigation
- transgender rights
- Michael Flynn immunity
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Maryland: Meghan Markle
The now Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, captured the attention of Marylanders—along with the rest of the world. Some other most-Googled searches in Maryland:
- Mugabe resigns (Zimbabwean president)
- Russell Simmons allegations
- Jeremy Piven allegations
- Confederate statues meaning
- Trump inauguration crowd size
- Time’s Person of the Year
- recuse (Merriam-Webster’s #3 Word of the Year for 2017
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