From guns, politics and celebrity breakups, to wondering what the expression “bae” means, Americans spent a lot of time searching for information on the Internet in 2015.
The real estate blog, Estately, used data from Google Trends to determine what each U.S. state googled more than any other last year.
Some of the results aren’t surprising, given the people and issues that were in the news in 2015. Reality television personality Kim Kardashian ruled in California, while Oregon, Colorado and Idaho were concerned about Syria and Syrian refugees. Vermont worried about climate change while folks in Florida wanted to know more about permits to carry a concealed weapon.
People in Wisconsin were confused about certain pop culture terms and online social websites. They wondered what “bae” means. (The Urban Dictionary says it’s an acronym that stands for “before anyone else,” or a shortened version of baby or babe.) In 2014, Wisconsin was curious to find out more about Tinder (a location-based mobile dating app).
New Mexico seems to march to its own beat. Residents of the Land of Enchantment wanted to know more about Pluto in 2015. Last year, they were most interested in zombies.
Besides what you see on the map above, here are some other terms each state googled more than any other, according to Estately:
ALABAMA Same-sex marriage
ALASKA Barack Obama
ARIZONA 2nd Amendment
ARKANSAS Blood moon prophecy (apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world)
CALIFORNIA Kim Kardashian (reality TV personality)
COLORADO Syrian civil war
CONNECTICUT Speaker of the House
GEORGIA Blood Moon 2015
HAWAII Nepal earthquake
ILLINOIS Super Blood Moon
INDIANA Religious Freedom Restoration Act
IOWA Elizabeth Banks (actress)
KANSAS World Series
KENTUCKY American Pharaoh (Triple Crown-winner)
LOUISIANA Ashley Madison hack (online dating website marketed to people in committed relationships that was hacked)
MAINE Amy Schumer (comedian)
MARYLAND New Horizons (space mission)
MASSACHUSETTS Charlie Hebdo (French satirical magazine attacked by terrorists in 2015)
MICHIGAN What is transgender?
MINNESOTA Black Lives Matter (activist movement campaigning against violence toward black people)
MISSISSIPPI Straight Outta Compton (2015 film)
MISSOURI Amy Schumer photo
NEBRASKA Kaley Cuoco (actress)
NEVADA Floyd Mayweather (pro boxer)
NEW HAMPSHIRE Deflategate
NEW JERSEY FIFA (governing body of international soccer tournaments that’s being investigated for bribery/corruption crimes in 2015)
NEW MEXICO Pluto (the dwarf planet)
NEW YORK Greece
NORTH CAROLINA Concealed carry permit
NORTH DAKOTA NFL Draft
OHIO Marijuana legalization (a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana was not approved by voters in 2015)
OKLAHOMA Je suis Charlie (solidarity message for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo)
PENNSYLVANIA Jon Snow dead (character from Game of Thrones TV show)
RHODE ISLAND Brian Williams (NBC journalist suspended for telling an exaggerated story)
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston shooting
SOUTH DAKOTA Back to the Future (popular 1985 movie that got a lot of attention because the characters in it travel to the future—the year 2015).
TENNESSEE Fred Thompson (former actor and Tennessee senator who died in 2015)
TEXAS James Harden (basketball player)
VERMONT Bernie Sanders (presidential candidate)
VIRGINIA Abdel Fattah el-Sis (President of Egypt)
WASHINGTON Leonard Nimoy (actor who played Spock on Star Trek who died in 2015)
WEST VIRGINIA Magic Mike XXL (2015 film)
WISCONSIN Rep. Paul Ryan (newly elected Speaker of the House)
WYOMING Mars (4th planet from the sun)
Im a trans and i am proud. be brave and stand up for my rights!!!!!!!
Dora!I`ve just read your stunning article with the map of America in 2014.There are not Jews on your map , event in notes! This discovery demands explanation and I almost find it: you think these Jews has origin of their countries of departure? – Departure from pogroms?
Thanks for your comment. You can check out WalletHub’s methodology here: https://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/#methodology