What Does Your State Gobble—Er, Google®—on Thanksgiving? - CenturyLinkQuote

What Does Your State Gobble—Er, Google®—on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re like many Americans, the word itself conjures the sweet scent of pumpkin pie, mouth-watering images of mashed potatoes, and (perhaps) an undercurrent of anxiety about cooking that all-important turkey just right.

But no matter how steeped they are in Thanksgiving traditions, people in every state still have questions about this centuries-old feast—starting with “how old is Thanksgiving?” Luckily, Google’s doors are always open, even on holidays. Keep reading to see the Thanksgiving-related questions your state asked last year, and what the answers reveal about your area’s Thanksgiving habits.

Our findings initially seem as diverse as the states themselves, but a few trends stick out:

  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®—one of the largest Thanksgiving Day parades in the US—has been a New York staple since 1942, and it’s still going strong as the most-searched November topic in its home state.
  • Pecans and pumpkins are both native to North America and figure prominently in a Thanksgiving Day feast, but the South is most curious about pecan pie: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma spent November googling pecan pie recipes.
  • Alaska—a state famous for growing stunningly large vegetables during its extra-long summer days—was the sole state searching for pumpkin.
  • Three British-settled East Coast states—New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia—all wanted to know if our friends across the pond celebrate Thanksgiving too. Meanwhile, French-Canadian-settled South Dakota wondered about Canadian Thanksgiving.
  • Per Vermont and Connecticut’s Google searches, stuffing is New England’s favorite Thanksgiving staple.
  • As the areas with the highest number of vegans per capita, Oregon and Washington, DC’s most-googled Thanksgiving topic was “vegan Thanksgiving.”
  • Enjoying a post-feast football game is a crucial part of many households across the States, including Hawaii, Delaware, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Take a closer look at our findings by state:

“Restaurants open on Thanksgiving near me”

  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky

“Pumpkin pie”

  • Alaska

“When is Thanksgiving”

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah

“Turkey bowling”

  • Colorado

“NFL on Thanksgiving Day”

  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island

“Vegetarian Thanksgiving”

  • District of Columbia
  • Oregon

“What is Thanksgiving”

  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee

“Pecan pie”

  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma

“Does Canada celebrate Thanksgiving”

  • Missouri

“How to cook a turkey”

  • New Hampshire

“Does England celebrate Thanksgiving”

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia

“Macy’s Parade”

  • New York

“Things to be thankful for”

  • South Dakota


  • Connecticut
  • Vermont


  • Illinois
  • Washington

“First Thanksgiving”

  • West Virginia

“Turkey trot”

  • Wisconsin

“Thanksgiving games”

  • Wyoming



The team at CenturyLinkQuote used Google Trends to look at search volume around Thanksgiving-related terms throughout November 2017. We determined each state’s score based on how much more a state searched that term than the other states.

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