hilary bird | November 5, 2018
What Does Your State Gobble—Er, Google®—on Thanksgiving?
Last Updated on February 4, 2019 by hilary bird
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”
“When is Thanksgiving”
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
“NFL on Thanksgiving Day”
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- District of Columbia
“What is Thanksgiving”
“Does Canada celebrate Thanksgiving”
“How to cook a turkey”
- New Hampshire
“Does England celebrate Thanksgiving”
- New Jersey
- New York
“Things to be thankful for”
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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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