The Most Popular Search Term in Every State

Locals are weird IRL. But they're weirder online.

The Most Popular Search Term in Every State

Locals are weird IRL. But they're weirder online.

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Everyone knows America is a strange place. But as you can imagine, it’s even stranger online. For proof, just take a look at, well, what people taking a look at—or, specifically, looking up. And things get even more bizarre if you filter state-by-state.

To get a crystal-clear picture, we used the Google Trends tool to identify the most popular unique rising Google queries in each state over the span of the past five years. In other words, these terms saw the biggest increase in search frequency since the previous five-year time period. We noted each search query’s Google search frequency as a percentage of increase. (Note: Occasionally, instead of a percentage, Google marked the query as “Breakout,” which means it experienced an unquantifiable level of exponential increase in search volume.) Here’s what we found. And for evidence of just how bizarre this land of ours can get, don’t miss The Weirdest Urban Legend in Every State.

fortnite screenshot most popular web search every state Image via epicgames.com

1
Alabama: “Fortnite”

Google search frequency increase: +2,800 percent

The hype surrounding Fortnite, the newest video game craze to sweep the nation, seems to have made a particularly big impact on the residents of Alabama. And for more gaming content, check out the 8 Cutting-Edge Video Games That Will Make You A Smarter Man.

ravn most popular web search every state Image via flyravn.com

2
Alaska: “Ravn”

Google search frequency increase: “Breakout”

If you haven’t yet had a chance to explore the Last Frontier, you might not be aware that Ravn is a regional airline service operating solely in Alaska. And for more quirky state-related coverage, don’t miss The Weirdest Summer Tradition in Every State.

snapchat website most popular web search every state Image via snapchat.com

3
Arizona: “Snapchat”

Google search frequency increase: +1,600 percent

With the scorching heat Arizona residents have to endure, perhaps it’s understandable that they seem to spend so much time inside, sending Snaps in the A/C. And for some tips on how to best cultivate your own social media presence, don’t miss these 30 Facts That Will Change the Way You Use Social Media.

eschool website most popular web search every state Image via eschoolplus.k12.ar.us

4
Arkansas: “Eschool”

Google search frequency increase: +3,950 percent

Arkansas is one of several states that factored into a somewhat surprising trend of searches for educational and instructional software platforms—kudos to them. And to clarify, Eschool is an online educational dashboard catered specifically toward Arkansas’ grade schools.

uber website most popular web search every state Image via uber.com

5
California: “Uber”

Google search frequency increase: +1,650 percent

With cities like Los Angeles, known for its notoriously terrible traffic jams, it’s no wonder Californians are opting to let someone else do the driving for them. And for more on why the driving situation in Cali is so heinous, don’t miss The 50 Worst Cities to Drive In.

csu canvas most popular web search every state Image via canvas.colostate.edu

6
Colorado: “CSU Canvas”

Google search frequency increase: +1,450 percent

Canvas is a learning management system specially designed for university use. It would appear, at least from these search trends, that the college kids enrolled at Colorado State University are especially studious. And while we’re on the subject of college, bone up on the 20 Secrets Your College Professor Won’t Tell You.

eversource website most popular web search every state Image via eversource.com

7
Connecticut: “Eversource”

Google search frequency increase: +4,650 percent

According to the company website, Eversource is the largest energy provider in New England, with customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

udel canvas most popular web search every state Image via udel.edu

8
Delaware: “Canvas UDel”

Google search frequency increase: +2,600 percent

Like Colorado State, we have to give major props to the University of Delaware for having such dedicated students (assuming they actually follow through and complete their work after navigating to the Canvas site, that is).

cbs news hurricane irma most popular web search every state Image via cbsnews.com

9
Florida: “Irma”

Google search frequency increase: “Breakout”

In case you don’t recall, Hurricane Irma, which raged from August 31 to September 11, 2017, was one of the strongest storms produced by the Atlantic Ocean in recorded history, stretching 650 miles wide and inflicting damage on nine states, according to CNN.

walmart website most popular web search every state Image via walmart.com

10
Georgia: “Walmart near me”

Google search frequency increase: +1,850 percent

It would appear that Georgians have really latched onto the idea that shopping at Walmart is the sole best way to save money and live better—we applaud Walmart on an advertising job well done.

agario website most popular web search every state Image via agar.io

11
Hawaii: “Agario”

Google search frequency increase: +1,650 percent

Agar.io is an online, multiplayer game that involves a petri dish-type scenario where the aim is to “eat” smaller cells and avoid being “eaten” by larger cells, all in an effort to become the largest cell (apparently).

idaho statesman most popular web search every state Image via idahostatesman.com

12
Idaho: “Trump News”

Google search frequency increase: +1,350 percent

Yes, Idahoans seem to be especially keen on keeping abreast of President Trump.

ventra website most popular web search every state Image via ventrachicago.com

13
Illinois: “Ventra”

Google search frequency increase: +2,050 percent

For those of us not native to the Windy City, a Ventra card is akin to a MetroCard—it’s how people pay for public transit when commuting around Chicago. And for more on the ways you know you’re cut out for life in the concrete jungle, don’t miss 15 Signs You’re a City Person.

unblocked games most popular web search every state Image via iunblock.weebly.com

14
Indiana: “Unblocked Games”

Google search frequency increase: +1,500 percent

If you aren’t one of the people frequently scouring the web for “unblocked games,” you might not be aware that the search leads to a popular site where young children (probably mostly in the preteen age range) can play a plethora of free online games.

iowa cubs website most popular web search every state Image via milb.com

15
Iowa: “Cubs Score”

Google search frequency increase: +2,000 percent

You might not be aware that despite their neighboring state’s claim to the Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs, Iowans have their own baseball-playing bears to root for: the Iowa Cubs minor league team. And for more on America’s favorite pastime, find out which state claims to be home to the founders of baseball with The Biggest Folk Hero in Every State.

kansas student vue most popular web search every state Image via parentvue.usd259.net

16
Kansas: “StudentVue”

Google search frequency increase: +1,900 percent

As with Arkansas, ensuring that the state’s grade-school students are taking school seriously seems to be a top priority in Kansas.

canvas uky most popular web search every state Image via uky.edu

17
Kentucky: “Canvas UKY”

Google search frequency increase: +600 percent

Despite often receiving acclaim for their consistently top-ranked men’s basketball team, it seems that the University of Kentucky places a decided emphasis on education—so much so that the Canvas site is among the state’s most popular web searches.

unblocked games most popular web search every state Image via iunblock.weebly.com

18
Louisiana: “Unblocked Games”

Google search frequency increase: +1,750 percent

They really, really dig online gaming in bayou country.

mobymax website most popular web search every state Image via mobymax.com

19
Maine: “MobyMax”

Google search frequency increase: +1,250 percent

No, this site has nothing to do with Herman Melville’s classic novel about a relentlessly elusive white whale. MobyMax is actually an online learning software system geared toward engaging young students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

bcps one website most popular web search in every state Image via bcpsone.bcps.org

20
Maryland: “BCPS One”

Google search frequency increase: +3,200 percent

Baltimore County Public Schools take the lead for web searches in Maryland, just barely beating out competitors like “123movies” and “food near me.”

the hill website most popular web search in every state Image via thehill.com

21
Massachusetts: “Trump News”

Google search frequency increase: +1,250 percent

Massachusetts is another state that seems to be very preoccupied with carefully eyeing President Trump’s every move.

fortnite most popular web search in every state Image via epicgames.com

22
Michigan: “Fortnite”

Google search frequency increase: +2,500 percent

The ever-popular Fortnite strikes again.

wells fargo most popular web search every state Image via wellsfargo.com

23
Minnesota: “Wells Fargo Login”

Google search frequency increase: +900 percent

Minnesotans seem to be a practical lot, concerned, first and foremost, with the state of their bank accounts.

iready website most popular web search in every state Image via i-ready.com

24
Mississippi: “i-Ready”

Google search frequency increase: +4,900 percent

Another online scholastic tool, i-Ready helps prepare grade school students for the Common Core assessments.

kansas city royals website most popular web search in every state Image via mlb.com

25
Missouri: “Royals Score”

Google search frequency increase: +1,250 percent

Missourians are born and bred to be diehard Kansas City Royals fans.

airbnb website most popular web search in every state Image via airbnb.com

26
Montana: “Airbnb”

Google search frequency increase: +1,000 percent

Looks like Montanans, despite hailing from a vacation destination, still crave some out-of-state time.

majestic theater website most popular web search in every state Image via hebronmajestic.com

27
Nebraska: “Majestic Theater”

Google search frequency increase: +1,250 percent

What’s better than a trip to the theater? And to find out what bizarre pastime Nebraskans are fond of in the summer months, don’t miss The Weirdest Summer Tradition in Every State.

golden knights website most popular web search in every state Image via nhl.com

28
Nevada: “Golden Knights”

Google search frequency increase: “Breakout”

These knights are anything but relics from the medieval past. The newly minted Las Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season, bringing hope and a rallying icon to Las Vegas as the city recovered from the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

eversource nh most popular web search in every state Image via eversource.com

29
New Hampshire: “Eversource”

Google search frequency increase: +4,650 percent

Like their fellow New Englanders in Connecticut, New Hampshire residents are concerned with what’s important: making sure the electricity stays on, especially during the chilly winter months.

2048 website most popular web search in every state Image via 2048game.com

30
New Jersey: “2048”

Google search frequency increase: +1,200 percent

2048: a logical number sense game that’s surprisingly addictive—try it out if you don’t believe us.

nusenda website most popular web search in every state Image via nusenda.org

31
New Mexico: “Nusenda”

Google search frequency increase: “Breakout”

For any of you not hailing from the Land of Enchantment (that’s New Mexico’s official state nickname, by the way), Nusenda is a New Mexico-based credit union.

mta bus time website most popular web search in every state Image via bustime.mta.info

32
New York: “MTA Bus Time”

Google search frequency increase: +1,100 percent

It seems like New Yorkers might be making an effort to escape the recesses of the city’s subway tunnels. But let’s be honest, in the Big Apple, any public transit option is bound to be a gamble.

ncedcloud website most popular web search in every state Image via ncedcloud.org

33
North Carolina: “NCEdCloud”

Google search frequency increase: +4,250 percent

Yet another online instructional platform, NCEdCloud is specially designed to support grade school teachers in guiding their students toward meeting North Carolina’s Race to the Top initiatives.

ndsu website carson wentz most popular web search in every state Image via gobison.com

34
North Dakota: “Carson Wentz”

Google search frequency increase: +4,550 percent

Super Bowl 2018-winning quarterback Carson Wentz grew up in North Dakota and played college football at North Dakota State University before joining the Philadelphia Eagles—making him a shining star in the Roughrider State.

cavs nba site most popular web search every state Image via nba.com

35
Ohio: “Cavs Game”

Google search frequency increase: +1,250 percent

People in Ohio take their sports seriously. Take note, and never come between an Ohioan and a TV broadcasting the Cleveland Cavaliers game.

mp3juices website most popular web search in every state Image via mp3juices.cc

36
Oklahoma: “MP3 Juice”

Google search frequency increase: +1,250 percent

As evidenced by the high frequency of searches for an MP3 conversion site, some Oklahomans might be a tad bit behind the times.

studentvue oregon most popular web search in every state Image via portal.coos-bay.k12.or.us

37
Oregon: “StudentVue”

Google search frequency increase: +3,500 percent

As we’ve seen with several of the previous states, there’s certainly a trend to keep students’ noses to the grindstone—and Oregon seems to be on board.

chromecast website most popular web search in every state Image via google.com

38
Pennsylvania: “Chromecast”

Google search frequency increase: +1,100 percent

Google Chromecast’s video streaming services really caught the eye of the Keystone State.

santander bank website most popular web search in every state Image via santanderbank.com

39
Rhode Island: “Santander Bank”

Google search frequency increase: +2,350 percent

The smallest state seems to be most concerned with making the big bucks.

south state bank website most popular web search in every state Image via southstatebank.com

40
South Carolina: “South State Bank”

Google search frequency increase: +1,900 percent

South Carolina seems to be just as invested as Rhode Island in keeping an eye on their savings. And for more interesting state-to-state comparisons, check out The Craziest Amusement Park Ride in Every State.

outlook website most popular web search in every state Image via outlook.office365.com

41
South Dakota: “Outlook 365”

Google search frequency increase: +1,500 percent

What are South Dakotans spending so much time sending emails about? We’re not sure either, but maybe they’re talking about their state’s contribution to the 30 Places So Surreal You Won’t Believe They’re in the U.S.

tennessee credit karma most popular web search in every state Image via creditkarma.com

42
Tennessee: “Credit Karma”

Google search frequency increase: +650 percent

Surprisingly, Tennessee residents seem to be even more concerned with their personal finances than they are with Amazon Prime—but now that we think about it, one does pay for the other.

think through math website most popular web search in every state Image via thinkthroughmath.com

43
Texas: “TTM”

Google search frequency increase: +850 percent

The trending emphasis on learning seems to have taken root in the Lone Star State, too, as evidenced by the popularity of this supplemental math site.

utah compose website most popular web search in every state Image via write.utahcompose.com

44
Utah: “Utah Compose”

Google search frequency increase: +3,100 percent

As its name suggests, Utah Compose is an online program directly targeted at improving grade-school students’ writing skills.

google classroom website most popular web search in every state Image via classroom.google.com

45
Vermont: “Google Classroom”

Google search frequency increase: +4,650 percent

Aimed at making the exchange between student and teacher even more efficient via digital technology, Google Classroom garnered “Breakout” popularity from nearly every state.

whatsapp website most popular web search in every state Image via whatsapp.com

46
Virginia: “WhatsApp”

Google search frequency increase: +2,200 percent

We’re also not sure why this service especially designed for international messaging has such a high prevalence in Virginia—but perhaps it has something to do with the state’s proximity to the nation’s capitol, and the host of international embassies located there.

coindesk website most popular web search in every state Image via coindesk.com

47
Washington: “Bitcoin Price”

Google search frequency increase: +1,050 percent

Cryptocurrency seems to be all the rage in Washington, which is especially understandable since the Evergreen State has become a prime location for “mining” electricity to support bitcoin.

office 365 most popular web search in every state Image via office.com

48
West Virginia: “Office 365”

Google search frequency increase: +4,250 percent

Very practical, West Virginia.

Image via agar.io

49
Wisconsin: “Agario”

Google search frequency increase: +1,450 percent

Yes, this is the same online game that was popular in Hawaii. Fun fact: the game’s name, Agari.io, is derived from the actual agar substance, which is used to culture bacteria.

wyolotto website most popular web search in every state Image via wyolotto.com

50
Wyoming: “WyoLotto”

Google search frequency increase: “Breakout”

The best part of the WyoLotto? The net revenue from the statewide lottery goes back to Wyoming communities. And to learn more about the truth behind the nation’s favorite game of chance, don’t miss these 30 Surprising Facts about the Lottery.

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