Americans Need Help with Their How-To’s. They’re Turning to Google For Answers. - CenturyLinkQuote
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Americans Need Help with Their How-To’s. They’re Turning to Google For Answers.

Human curiosity never ceases. And during the last few decades, the World Wide Web has provided a platform for people to ask more questions than ever before. Most nowadays rely on a search engine and good internet network to provide answers to questions that may have once required a library visit or phone call.

Now that Google has made itself the expert resource for most things, CenturyLinkQuote.com conducted some research into what people are asking the search engine how to do the most. As we dug in, our researchers found that the most googled questions align with the whirlwind of events that have defined the past year, as well as other relevant topics of the current day such as:

  • How do I file for unemployment?
  • How do I backup my iPhone?
  • How do I buy stock?

For example, the most common query in 5 states is “How do I save enough to retire?” According to PwC’s Retirement in America report, 25% of Americans have no retirement savings, and the other 75% may not have enough.

Curious what people in your state are asking Google how to do? We thought you might be. Just look below to find out.

PEG The Most Googled _How Do I_ Question_MAPInteresting Findings

In our quest to find out what piques Americans’ curiosity, we discovered some curious facts along the way:

  • The most-searched query turned out to be, “How do I file for unemployment?” This was the most googled question in 14 states and the District of Columbia, which is unsurprising given that by December 2020, nearly 70 million Americans had sought unemployment benefits throughout the year.
  • Idaho was the only state to search “How do I get a passport?” the most. This is an interesting query for Idaho, since Boise is home to a world-class airport (ranked 7th in a 2004 Global Airport Satisfaction Index Survey) that services nearly 2 million passengers every year.
  • 4 states—Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas—searched the query, “How do I say I love you in Spanish?” the most. This is no surprise for Texas, considering that 40% of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. In Kansas, 12% of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. In Missouri, 4% of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. About 48% of the population of New Mexico identifies as Hispanic or Latino, the largest statewide population share nationally.
  • “How do I clear my cache?” had the highest search volume in 6 states, and is shown to have a lot of benefits associated with the query. The Massachusetts government website explains that without clearing your cache, “your browser may still use old files which can cause display or access problems.”

State"How do I" Question
AlabamaHow do I file for unemployment?
AlaskaHow do I file for unemployment?
ArizonaHow do I back up my iphone?
ArkansasHow do I find my iphone?
CaliforniaHow do I back up my iphone?
ColoradoHow do I back up my iphone?
ConnecticutHow do I save enough to retire?
DelawareHow do I file for unemployment?
District of ColumbiaHow do I file for unemployment?
FloridaHow do I clear my cache?
GeorgiaHow do I back up my iphone?
HawaiiHow do I file for unemployment?
IdahoHow do I get a passport?
IllinoisHow do I clear my cache?
IndianaHow do I clear my cache?
IowaHow do I save enough to retire?
KansasHow do I say I love you in Spanish?
KentuckyHow do I file for unemployment?
LouisianaHow do I find out my blood type?
MaineHow do I find my iphone?
MarylandHow do I back up my iphone?
MassachusettsHow do I clear my cache?
MichiganHow do I file for unemployment?
MinnesotaHow do I save enough to retire?
MississippiHow do I find my iphone?
MissouriHow do I say I love you in Spanish?
MontanaHow do I file for unemployment?
NebraskaHow do I find my iphone?
NevadaHow do I file for unemployment?
New HampshireHow do I file for unemployment?
New JerseyHow do I delete my instagram account?
New MexicoHow do I say I love you in Spanish?
New YorkHow do I find my iphone?
North CarolinaHow do I clear my cache?
North DakotaHow do I buy stock?
OhioHow do I back up my iphone?
OklahomaHow do I find my iphone?
OregonHow do I delete my instagram account?
PennsylvaniaHow do I clear my cache?
Rhode IslandHow do I file for unemployment?
South CarolinaHow do I file for unemployment?
South DakotaHow do I file for unemployment?
TennesseeHow do I change my name on Facebook?
TexasHow do I say I love you in Spanish?
UtahHow do I find out my blood type?
VermontHow do I file for unemployment?
VirginiaHow do I save enough to retire?
WashingtonHow do I save enough to retire?
West VirginiaHow do I find my iphone?
WisconsinHow do I find out my blood type?
WyomingHow do I file for unemployment?

Methodology

CenturyLinkQuote examined the “How do I…?” queries with the highest search volume in SemRush. From there, we plugged each query into Google Trends to find out which question each state in the U.S. googled the most within the past 12 months.

 

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