The Most Profitable Industry in Each State

More than half of the states in the U.S. are driven by three leading industries: machinery, aerospace, and mineral resources. These findings, shown on a map created by HowMuch (click the link to zoom in), paint a picture of the products and technologies that fuel the country’s economic growth.

And according to HowMuch, a cost information website, the findings are “unnerving.”

“We read all the time about how diversification is the best guard against risk. And based on our map, the US economy is diverse in some regions but not very diverse in others,” HowMuch wrote in a post, noting that 27 states are led by the three aforementioned industries.

“That means that when certain segments undergo technological disruption or economic downturns, it can disproportionately impact sections of the country in ways people don’t expect.”

HowMuch used recent findings from GoBankingRates, which pulled 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau data, to create its map. Some of the findings were more predictable, like the fact that states in the Motor City region surrounding Detroit—Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana—get their biggest economic boost from car manufacturing. Others, like Kansas’s $2.6 billion aerospace industry, are perhaps more unexpected.

There is some overlap between the most lucrative industry in each state and the biggest export in each state, which was also mapped out by HowMuch. However, there are a few notable differences. At $20 billion, the most profitable industry in Nevada, for instance, is accommodation and food services (think Las Vegas), while its largest export is gold ($6.3 million).

The Most Talked-About Cat and Dog Breeds in Each State

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Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Every pet parent thinks their fur baby’s breed is the brightest and cutest—and in a way, they’re all right. But some breeds are more popular on social media than others, and we’re not talking about the number of followers your munchkin cat or blue-eyed husky has on Instagram.

As Veterinarian’s Money Digest reports, TrustedHousesitters—a website that matches travel-loving pet parents with trusted pet sitters—analyzed more than 3.5 million social media posts (on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) across the country to determine the most widely discussed cat and dog breeds by state. As it turns out, the most talked-about feline and canine breeds are Persians and bulldogs, respectively. Persians are the top talked-about kitty in 31 states, and bulldogs are social media stars in 13 states (although the findings didn't distinguish between English and French bulldogs).

More than half of all social media mentions of pet breeds came from Californians, who apparently love to discuss their animals online. Some of the findings are unsurprising—like the fact that the husky is most popular in Alaska, or that the Maine coon is most popular in Maine—while others are harder to explain. (Take, for instance, South Dakota’s affinity for short-haired Abyssinian cats.)

The analysis also took smaller pets into consideration. Lizards are discussed more frequently than any particular cat or dog in Las Vegas, and micro pigs are surprisingly popular in Arizona. For the adorable evidence, just look at the Instagram hashtag #AZMicroMiniPigs.

Check out the interactive map below to see where your kitty or pooch’s breed is most popular.

[h/t Veterinarian’s Money Digest]

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavor in Each State

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Buttered popcorn and black licorice are perhaps the most divisive jelly bean flavors ever created. But there’s a reason why the Jelly Belly factory keeps churning them out year after year: In 13 states across the U.S., people are sifting through their bags of candy beans specifically to get to the black or yellow-speckled beans, according to CandyStore.com’s interactive map of the most popular jelly beans by state.

Buttered popcorn is the top choice in the largest number of states, having been identified as the favorite flavor in California, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Connecticut. “Our fans are vehement about buttered popcorn,” Rob Swaigen, vice president of marketing for the Jelly Belly Candy Company, said in 2014 on the occasion of the popcorn jelly bean's 25th anniversary. “They either love it and can’t live without it, or they don’t care for it and want it to go away.”

If this map is any indication, buttered popcorn isn’t going anywhere. Neither is black licorice—the third most-popular jelly bean in America, right after cinnamon. CandyStore.com’s map is based on 11 years of sales data, as well as the results of a survey taken by more than 12,000 candy lovers. The website also recently released a ranking of the 10 worst Easter candies and, lo and behold, generic jelly beans are the sixth most-hated confection among survey takers. “Those off-brand, dried out looking jelly beans are always either cracked or look like they’re ready to crack,” one survey respondent commented.

As it turns out, people are pretty particular about their favorite flavor and brand of jelly bean. So is your state rooting for cherry, juicy pear, or root beer? Find out in the map below.

Source: CandyStore.com.

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavors by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

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