What is your state best at?

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Most states have something they excel at. It might be a food item or the landscape – but something. Livability 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
Notes: Livability 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.

This feature originally appeared in Livability.

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