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What People Are Wondering About Your State, According to Google

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There are a lot of curious people on the Internet, and Google is there to help answer their questions. The search engine takes note of each inquiry, and generously offers to autocomplete your questions with popular options. Previously, we investigated the top Google searches for "why is [state] so..." (in Chrome's Incognito mode) and found some pretty enlightening answers.

We decided to take another look at what people were scratching their heads over, regarding each state. This time, we asked Google "why does [state]..." and collected a new bounty of colorful questions. To stay on topic, we disregarded questions that referred to the state's sports team instead of the state itself (except for Alabama, because apparently that's all they search for). It's also worth noting for Georgia that the Googlers probably meant "counties" instead of "countries." Maybe?

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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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