Nerd alert: Kansas one of geekiest states in America
04/28/2014 4:07 PM
04/28/2014 4:07 PM
Here’s a big ol’ wedgie for you, Kansas. A survey of your Facebook interests pegs you as Nerd Heaven on a new national survey.
, a national online real estate search site, analyzed Facebook data for every state and the District of Columbia to determine which have the most nerds per capita.
Turns out that Harry Potter-lovin’ Utah is the nerdiest state in the union. Kansas just missed making the Top 10, coming in at No. 12.
Missouri ranked No. 21.
The website surveyed how many residents in each state expressed interest in a dozen different geeky pursuits, including: “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Wars,” anime movies, cosplay, “Doctor Who,” comic books and all things Harry Potter.
“There’s a lot to consider when choosing which state to live in,” notes Estately. “Will the locals trade Pokemon cards with you? Will you be mocked for LARPing in the park? Will you meet others who enjoy dressing up like Star Wars characters?
“For those who harbor interests considered nerdy or geekish, not all states are created equal.”
That’s for sure.
“Even if you factor in its high percentage of young people, Utah’s enthusiasm for nerdy interests is unparalleled in America,” Estately notes.
“Utah beats out all other states for interest in cosplay, Harry Potter, Star Wars, LARPing, fantasy literature, and Lord of the Rings. Basically, if you like to get into costume to see a sci-fi or fantasy movie then Utah is the state for you.”
The survey discovered that the South is largely an unfriendly place for nerds. (Hold the jokes about reading abilities.)
“About as close as they can get is Kentucky, which loves comic books (2nd) and Magic: The Gathering (3rd). The Bluegrass State loathes Lord of the Rings (44th), but compensates for it with its intense love for Star Wars (5th) and Harry Potter (6th),” notes the survey.
Washington, D.C. ranked as America’s least geekiest place, which we don’t believe for a second.
We see all those nerds on C-SPAN.
Stargazing reader Ray from "The Great State of Kansas" has had enough of what he calls this "blatant bashing of the good folks to the West."
In Ray's mind, Missouri is way more nerdy than Kansas.
The evidence? "St. Louis hosted the International World Championships robotics competition with 250,000 visitors and participants," he tells us. "I attended a couple of days to support my nephew and sister-in-law from NV. It was a cross between Comic Con and robotics heaven.
"Please do more Google work before you go a bashin' next time. St. Louis, Misery was as nerdy as it gets. Kansas will never host something that Nerdy ever."