What is Your State Known For?

Renee DiResta uses Google's autocomplete feature to understand how Americans "really think about 'those people' in other states." Play with her wonderfully enlightening interactive map to view the top terms associated with each state.

By DiResta's accounting, it turns out Americans may be most concerned with the cost and health of their neighboring states. Stunned, right? 

It's the qualitative searches, however, that provide the most interest to DiResta. "There are 12 unique terms that are classifiable as "culture/sentiment" queries, of which ten are negative: backwards, bad, boring, crazy, dangerous, hated, racist, stupid, trashy, weird. There were a few redeeming positive results; Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Vermont are 'awesome,' and Montana, New Hampshire, and New York are 'great.' But for the most part, it doesn't seem like we think very nice things about each other at the very least, we're more inclined to search for articles supporting (or related to) negative biases."

Check out DiResta's map to see what your state is known for. 

Full Story: Why are Americans so…

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00