Most Googled Terms of 2016 By State
What were residents in your state most curious about this year? Google knows.As 2016 winds to a close, there are lots of ways to revisit the major happenings and hot trends of the year. One particularly telling way is to look at the most popular keyword searched in each state. This data brings us a treasure trove of information on what was top of mind in 2016, as well as insightful correlations that’ll pique your interest. How did we gather this data? The great Google, of course, which publically pulls back the veil on the way we use the internet. Using Google Trends, the team at HSI teased out the top searched keywords since January 1st, 2016, then cross-referenced to come up with various correlations. Some of the trending topics won’t surprise you. Yes, everyone was excited about the iPhone 7—really, really excited. And is there a person on planet earth that hasn’t watched Stranger Things? (Meekly raises hand.) Take a look at your state and the surrounding region to see if 2016 has any more surprises in store for you.
Top Five Trending Terms of 2016
1. It’s all About the iPhone 7All across large sections of the South, it was nothing but tech bling all year long. iPhone, iPhone, iPhone. Searches for the newest version of Apple’s latest cell phone dominated not just in large states along the Gulf of Mexico like Florida and Texas, but also in Apple’s home state, California. It was officially the most-searched term in the U.S. for 2016, proving that there’s no major political crisis that some old-fashioned distraction can’t solve.
2. Stranger Things is All the ThingsA little ‘80s throwback TV was just what the doctor ordered for most of the northern United States. 2016 was dominated by the Netflix original series, Stranger Things, especially in states where colder weather drives residents indoors. Why is nostalgia for things past so popular? Science says feelings of fondness for a romanticized childhood can raise our physiological temperatures several degrees. Seems that memories actually can keep you warm at night.
3. Election Mania, The 2016 EditionIt’s not surprising to see politics sprinkled liberally throughout the map on the most-searched topics of 2016. After all, it was an election year. Who were the most Googled candidates?
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
4. Show Me the MoneyIt’s all about the Benjamins in a few places, where either Wells Fargo or Powerball was the most Googled term of 2016. To be fair, some residents might just have been a bit nervous about their bank balances since Wells Fargo’s scandal regarding phony accounts made the news this past fall.
5. Oh, look. ShinyWe are nothing if not masters of distraction and 2016 proves it. While the rest of the country was immersed in who might be the next President of the United States, many other states were downloading the latest viral game (Slitherios, unite!) or finding some show times for Pixar’s summer release Finding Dory at their local theater. While the internet might play a vital role in making big things happen, it’s also the engine of our daily lives—and it keeps chugging along, no matter how many elections might occur. Strangely enough there were a few outliers, and they just happen to be … well, outliers. Both Alaska and Hawaii had unique terms that didn’t show up top of the heap in the mainland, like the Olympic Games and Pokémon. And what’s up with Adidas? Yeah, I’m looking at you, New York. Still all about the kicks, apparently. Did your state’s most-Googled term surprise you? Share with your friends and see what they think about 2016’s top-of-mind internet terms. And let’s make 2017 great again by all agreeing to go back to Googling cat videos.
Most Googled Term by StateAlabama: Hillary Clinton Alaska: Olympic Games Arizona: Stranger Things Arkansas: Quizlet California: iPhone 7 Colorado: Finding Dory Connecticut: Trump Delaware: Slitherio DC: Trump Florida: iPhone 7 Georgia: iPhone 7 Hawaii: Pokémon Idaho: Finding Dory Illinois: iPhone 7 Indiana: Quizlet Iowa: Stranger Things Kansas: Euro 2016 Kentucky: Hillary Clinton Louisiana: iPhone 7 Maine: Hillary Clinton Maryland: iPhone 7 Massachusetts: Trump Michigan: Finding Dory Minnesota: Stranger Things Mississippi: 123 Movies Missouri: iPhone 7 Montana: Stranger Things Nebraska: Stranger Things Nevada: Wells Fargo Login New Hampshire: Ted Cruz New Jersey: iPhone 7 New Mexico: Wells Fargo Login New York: Adidas North Carolina: Quizlet North Dakota: Stranger Things Ohio: Hillary Clinton Oklahoma: iPhone 7 Oregon: Euro2016 Pennsylvania: Hillary Clinton Rhode Island: Powerball South Carolina: Kahoot South Dakota: Stranger Things Tennessee: iPhone 7 Texas: iPhone 7 Utah: Finding Dory Vermont: President of the United States Virginia: Trump Washington: Stranger Things West Virginia: Ted Cruz Wisconsin: Stranger Things Wyoming: Stranger Things
Author - HSI Staff
Kaz is a writer, blogger and social media junkie. She uses her tenacity to investigate the best of the Internets.