What Is Your State Best Known For?

What is Your State Best Known For?
What is Your State Best Known For?

Most states have something they excel at. It might be a food item or the landscape – but something. We Googled "state's best" and created this Google auto-complete map. The map is a great proxy for understanding the reputation of what a state is best known for. For example, Googling "Oklahoma's best" auto-completes to "Oklahoma's best beauty pageants." See the table below:

What is your state best known for?

Alabama's best... songs
Alaska's best... cruise time
Arizona's best... home care
Arkansas' best... wings
California's best... beaches
Colorado's best... ski resorts
Connecticut's best... restaurants
Delaware's best... tattoo shops
Florida's best... beaches
Georgia's best... kept secrets
Hawaii's best... beaches
Idaho's best... kept secrets
Illinois's best... haunted houses
Indiana's best... high schools
Iowa's best... burger
Kansas's best... songs
Kentucky's best... bourbon
Louisiana's best... seafood
Maine's best... lobster roll
Maryland's best... crab cakes
Massachusetts' best... schools
Michigan's best... pizza
Minnesota's best... state parks
Mississippi's best... beaches
Missouri's best... high schools
Montana's best... vacation rentals
Nebraska's best... golf courses
Nevada's best... brothels
New Hampshire's best... places to live
New Jersey's best... diners
New Mexico's best... places to live
New York's best... restaurants
North Carolina's best... beaches
North Dakota's best... places to live
Ohio's best... schools
Oklahoma's best... beauty pageant
Oregon's best... wines
Pennsylvania's best... colleges and universities
Rhode Island's best... beaches
South Carolina's best... beaches
South Dakota's best... places to live
Tennessee's best... chow chow
Texas's best... smokehouse
Utah's best... vacation rentals
Vermont's best... restaurants
Virginia's best... peanuts
Washington's best... restaurants
West Virginia's best... places to live
Wisconsin's best... cranberries
Wyoming's best... places to live
 
Some notes: we tried to avoid brand names and overly generic terms where possible. For example, "Indiana's Best Radio" is the slogan of a particular station, so we looked a little further down the list and used "high schools" instead. Kansas and Alabama had the (mis)fortune of sharing their state names with popular bands, hence the top auto-completes related more to the music than to the state itself. But whether it's beaches, chow chow, or, um, brothels, I think you'll agree that the selections fall in line with the reputation of each state. And if you don't agree? Well, feel free to sound off in the comments.

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