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The Most Popular Baby Names by State

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Today's maps look at each state's most popular baby name, per Social Security Administration data. The 2013 name database should be out later this spring, so these stats are for 2012.

The top five boys names are Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah, and William, which owns the southeast.

On the girls' side, the #1 overall name was Sophia, which took many of the most populous states. But Emma (#2) dominated large swaths of the country. Isabella, Olivia, and Ava round out the top five.

If you're expecting and looking for a name that's not on this list, check out this post from last year: 11 Baby Naming Trends of the Past. I like Missouri as a girl's name.

The Afternoon Map is a new semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to Jesse Willmon and NickMom for this one.

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If you can't figure all of these out on the map above, here's the complete list and a larger image of each state's selection.

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Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State


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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

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