Minnesota is awesome, says Google auto-complete

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Our awesomeness literally drips onto Wisconsin.
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Using Google's auto-complete function, blogger Renee DiResta recently investigated which characterizations are most often associated with each state.

She entered 'why is [insert state here] so' and took note of which term came up. For 18 states, including North Dakota and Iowa, the top result was 'boring.' Fewer states are associated with positive qualities, but Minnesota is one of them.

From DiResta's blog (via the Daily Mail):
The qualitative searches were most interesting to me. There are 12 unique terms that are classifiable as "culture/sentiment" queries, of which ten are negative: backwards, bad, boring, crazy, dangerous, hated, racist, stupid, trashy, weird.

There were a few redeeming positive results; Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Vermont are "awesome," and Montana, New Hampshire, and New York are "great".

But for the most part, it doesn't seem like we think very nice things about each other... at the very least, we're more inclined to search for articles supporting (or related to) negative biases.

The single most common result of all was "boring," which appeared for 18 states with no particular regional concentration. Other popular terms (returned for >10 states) were "humid", "windy", "expensive", and "liberal". Strangely, Connecticut and Pennsylvania both returned "haunted"; apparently there are a lot of ghost sightings (and related walking tours). My favorite result of all was "enchanting": New Mexico is beautiful.
It's no surprise the Land O 10,000 Lakes is associated with awesomeness. But Texas? The only awesome thing from there that springs to mind is that Rolling Stones live album from 1978.


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Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

Don't you guys realize that google is tailored specifically to your search patterns?

Ramona DeGraw
Ramona DeGraw

I googled Minnesota is... and first one was Minnesota is the new California lol

Kristina Kitty D. Truax
Kristina Kitty D. Truax

Humbling. The changes in seasons are so drastic, that right when you want to say 'F' it and move... She does something to make you stay. Girl pulls me back every time.

Kerry Tollefson Evans
Kerry Tollefson Evans

TX is the #1 state for tornados, lots of hurricanes and high humidity! Move there for three months you mentioned. Read all of the comments, you will miss your family and friends:-((

Eleni Faller
Eleni Faller

The place that I always wanted to leave AND the place i miss so dearly now that I moved away

Kelly Linder
Kelly Linder

I moved to a small town in upstate NY 2 years ago and I can't wait to be moving back the fall. Minnesota has culture, a great art scene, a great independent music scene and tons of stuff to do. Appreciate what you have.

lonesomedrifter666
lonesomedrifter666

I moved to a small town in upstate NY 2 years ago and I can't wait to be moving back the fall. Minnesota has culture, a great art scene, a great independent music scene and tons of stuff to do. Appreciate what you have.

Pat Nichols
Pat Nichols

Minnesota is a "lake girl's" dream location.

Curtis Danielle
Curtis Danielle

Is all about status and what color you appear to be.. Smile then talk bad of you.. White is right should be their slogan. I'm white but they assume otherwise.. I have dark hair you see, make sense .... Right :0

Jan Anderson
Jan Anderson

my birth place and where ALL my family is but me

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

The best place to live in the country, and embarrassed of our neighbor to the East.

Karyn Purdy
Karyn Purdy

Home, beautiful in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Not a fan of Winter!!

Megan Bleckinger
Megan Bleckinger

Yes I'll give people their complaints that Minnesotans are insular, chilly, and passive aggressive. But you can leave. ;)

Jodi Follina Rose
Jodi Follina Rose

I've never felt closed off since we moved here almost three years ago.

Amy Widmer
Amy Widmer

Too COLD, not enough sun & home prices are WAY to high!! $200,000 home = small, outdated & ugly.

Hilary Hansen
Hilary Hansen

Is the greatest place on earth. Minneapolis, North Shore, Prarie, it's got it all.

Bethany Singer
Bethany Singer

I would totally love MN if most people weren't so closed off to transplants. Seeing on how I've heard that from mostly all of the transplants, it can't seem that far fetched to anyone.

Samreen Saadi
Samreen Saadi

Where "nice" really just means passive aggressive! :)

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