What Is Your State Best Known For?

By Matt Carmichael on March 19, 2014 at 6:00 am EST
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... songsAlaska's best... cruise timeArizona's best... home careArkansas' best... wingsCalifornia's best... beachesColorado's best... ski resortsConnecticut's best... restaurantsDelaware's best... tattoo shopsFlorida's best... beachesGeorgia's best... kept secretsHawaii's best... beachesIdaho's best... kept secretsIllinois's best... haunted housesIndiana's best... high schoolsIowa's best... burgerKansas's best... songsKentucky's best... bourbonLouisiana's best... seafoodMaine's best... lobster rollMaryland's best... crab cakesMassachusetts' best... schoolsMichigan's best... pizzaMinnesota's best... state parksMississippi's best... beachesMissouri's best... high schoolsMontana's best... vacation rentalsNebraska's best... golf coursesNevada's best... brothelsNew Hampshire's best... places to liveNew Jersey's best... dinersNew Mexico's best... places to liveNew York's best... restaurantsNorth Carolina's best... beachesNorth Dakota's best... places to liveOhio's best... schoolsOklahoma's best... beauty pageantOregon's best... winesPennsylvania's best... colleges and universitiesRhode Island's best... beachesSouth Carolina's best... beachesSouth Dakota's best... places to liveTennessee's best... chow chowTexas's best... smokehouseUtah's best... vacation rentalsVermont's best... restaurantsVirginia's best... peanutsWashington's best... restaurantsWest Virginia's best... places to liveWisconsin's best... cranberriesWyoming'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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