Most Popular Sports Team by State
Some of these are a little surprising. We absolutely expected Texas to be Cowboys country, but they seem to have most of the southwest locked down too!
Largest Generation by County
You see a lot of Baby Boomers and not too much Gen Z on this map. But as the years go by, this map should get a lot of more light blue popping up.
States That Prefer Cats vs. Dogs
The country is divided over the issue of cats vs dogs, but, interestingly, these fault lines don't overlap with the tried and true political divisions of the country. This is one issue where New Yorkers and Nebraskans are in complete agreement.
The United States Drawn and Labeled by a New Yorker
Some people might think this was a complete fail. But I think it was a valiant effort--remember, we can't expect out of New Yorkers what we would expect out of normal, functioning human beings.
The Most Popular TV Show Set in Each State
Some of these are no surprise--of course New Mexico is going to go to Breaking Bad. But it was shocking to see that Walker, Texas Ranger beat out Dallas for Texas.
Most Famous Athlete in Each State
There aren't a ton of shockers on this list, but I imagine that not every state is thrilled with their most famous athlete. Something tells me Texas would get rid of Lance Armstrong if they could...
What Your State Hates the Most
If you don't believe that America is a melting pot, just take a look at the wide variety of things we hate. Whether you hate polo shirts or drinking alone, there's a place for you in the USA!
Most Popular Road Trips
We don't blame the west coast for being such a popular road trip area--it's beautiful. But why doesn't the poor Midwest get any more love?
Best Selling (Retired) Sports Jerseys by State
Here's the most important sports map of America. It's not about being popular--it's about making money! But not every state in the Union can agree about which retired players' gear to buy.
Life Expectancy By State
Minnesota has clearly discovered the fountain of youth. Unfortunately, the secret is lutefisk.
Average Tax Refund in Each State
Even the states on the lower end of the spectrum seem pretty good. I wouldn't say no to $2300!
The Generic Term for Sweetened Carbonated Drink
Whether you drink soda, coke, or soft drinks, you're fine by me. But all you "pop" drinkers better stay away.
Every State's Least Favorite State
I hate to see the southern states at each other's throats. Texas and Oklahoma shouldn't be hating each other--they should be hating California like good southerners!
The Brand That Defines Your State
Let's just say that some states have cooler brands than others. And exactly 0% of the population is surprised about Florida's corporation.
Famous Movie Set In Your State
You might not like the movie your state got, but just remember this--at least you're not in Georgia with Big Mama's House.
Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State
So most of this map is unsurprising--it's just the other popular religions in the West that aren't Christianity. We're not sure what's going on in South Carolina, but the Baha'is seem to love it!
Most Popular Vehicles in Each State
It's clear that the middle of the country is solidly Ford country. But what's going on in Arkansas and Colorado?
States Scaled by Population Size
If you hate neighbors and love wide open spaces, this is the map for you. Montana's got the right idea.
Every State Ranked by Healthiness
We'll blame the South's performance on this map on the amazing comfort food down there. Californians and Northerners would be fat if they had any food worth eating.
Most Popular Boy's Name in the '60s
So this a good news/bad news situation. The good news is this--it doesn't look like too many guys born in the 60s got truly insane names. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like many people got very interesting names, either.
Most Popular Girl's Name in the '60s
The Susans of the 60s gave it a good try, but they were just no match for the Marys. There's something about her, I tell you what.
Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State
Some of these candy selections are truly terrible. Any state that doesn't have something chocolate as its top Halloween candy should be kicked out of the Union.
Highest Paying Job in Each State
It's nice that they went to the trouble of making this map, but it wasn't really necessary. They basically could have just written "doctors" and left it at that.
The Most Popular NFL Team by County
It looks like the Cowboys have some fans far from home in Montana! Thankfully, Packer fever seems to be mostly contained in Wisconsin--just make sure you're vaccinated before you visit.
Biggest Employers in Each State
Walmart may be an Arkansas company, but it's clearly spread beyond state lines. You're going to have a hard time escaping it across most of the country.
Value of $100 in Each State
If you weren't convinced that the economy is just alchemy for people who like spreadsheets, take a look at this map. It looks like the South is the place to be!
Highest Paid Public Employees by State
If you're looking for a public job that pays well, being a sports coach is about the only way to go. For better or worse, these are the employees making the big bucks in the United States.
The Warmest Day of the Year
The Southwest has the right idea--get your hottest day out of the way early in the summer. We're not sure why the West coast puts it off so long, but enjoy your sweltering falls!
The Coldest Day of the Year
The temps are going to drop every year regardless. You just have to decide whether you want to get it out of the way in December or January.
Most Commonly Spoken Language Other Than English and Spanish
This is an interesting map, but there aren't a ton of surprises on here. The biggest shock was definitely French Creole for Florida.
Most Popular U.S. Attraction: State by State
Let's hope that Vermont has some less popular attractions that are more fun. Because visiting an ice cream factory is not how I want to spend my vacation.
The Most Popular Job For Non-College Grads
Our readers in Colorado might want to do a little background check on their financial analysts. That seems like something you'd want to have a degree for.
Most Distinctive Last Names by State
We're not sure what counts as a "distinctive" last name, but clearly the Jensens are killing it. Good for them!
The Most Popular Thanksgiving Dish in Each Region
I don't want to inflame tensions between the coastal elites and the flyover states, but how can anyone look at this map and not want to wipe the West coast off the face of the earth? You too, Alaska!
Most Popular NFL Team by County
Forget the state maps--breaking down the country's favorite NFL teams by county is where things really get interesting. It the country was divided up by football, things would look a lot different on our maps!
Average Student Debt by State
For college graduates, student loan debts are among the biggest burdens. Combined with the struggle to actually find a job to utilize your degree, student loan debt can be crippling. It can take years to pay off the debt, but to get a good-paying job, it's necessary to get a degree.
Collectively, Americans owe an estimated $1.4 trillion in federal student loan debt. It has become such a problem, that lawmakers have been calling for student debt forgiveness up to $50,000 or at least up to $10,000. While it's difficult to say what will actually happen on that front, here are the current numbers when it comes to student loan debt by state (per borrower).
Average Credit Score by State
Another crippling number for many Americans is the credit score. Low credit scores can affect you in numerous ways. They can affect your ability to buy a car, a house, rent an apartment, take out a loan, and so much more. So many Americans are affected by their credit scores, which will basically inhibit their ability to live when their score is too low.
Experian, the well-known consumer credit reporting company, collected data from all 50 states and came up with an average score for each state. Some states fared much better than others, but nobody reached anywhere near 800 or more. the top credit scores, as you can see in this map, were Minnesota, South Dakota, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.