If you’ve ever LARPed in the park, chased Pikachu with herds of strangers playing Pokémon Go, or watched every episode of Star Wars in Machete Order, congratulations: you’re one of the many geeks across the United States.
But just how nerdy is your home state? Several key factors determine “nerdiness”: the number of pop culture conventions and comic book stores per capita, access to high speed internet, and interest in Star Trek, Magic the Gathering, Game of Thrones, and other popular “Geek Culture”.
If you feel like where you live is especially weird, your state might just be one of the nerdiest in America. And if you can’t beat ‘em, it might be time to join ‘em.
Most Nerdy States
The top five nerdiest states and their favorite fandoms rank high across the board for access to internet, interest in geek culture, and multiple nerd retailer stores and conventions:
- New Hampshire—Game of Thrones
- Vermont—Magic the Gathering
- Maine—Magic the Gathering
- Alaska—Warhammer 40,000
- Montana—Star Trek
These are the states we predict you’ll find full on quidditch battles in your local park, daily D&D marathons, and people who spend more on Cosplay than Christmas.
New Hampshire topped our list overall as the nerdiest state, and they can’t get enough of Game of Thrones. Curious to know what all the hype is about? Catch up on all latest episodes on DIRECTV (and fair warning, don’t get too attached to any of the characters).
Perhaps because there are more salmon in the state than people, Alaska is a nerd haven. Star Trek, Star Wars, Magic the Gathering, Anime, Game of Thrones—you name it, Alaskans are into it. The East Coast ranks high as well, and with so many Ivy League schools, that’s hardly surprising.
Least Nerdy States
The least nerdy states are primarily in the South, although many residents seem to have a secret penchant for Anime:
- South Carolina—Anime
- North Carolina—Game of Thrones
With a lack of conventions and local places to get your comic book fix, residents in these states might have to turn to the internet. Unfortunately, even high speed internet is scarce in these southern states.
If you insist on wearing your invisibility cloak in public, we recommend you avoid the deep South if you’d rather not be punched in the face.
How’d We get Our Data?
To determine how states are ranked, our team at All Home Connections compared each state by three key factors and their relevant metrics:
- Geeky Interest Rank—interest in Anime, Cosplay, Lord of the Rings, Magic the Gathering, Harry Potter, etc.
- Nerd Retailer Rank—# of pop culture conventions, video game retailers, comic book stores, and tabletop game stores per capita
- High Speed Internet Rank—% of households with internet access
We then combined each indicator and weighted each metric to reach the overall score to determine which nerd states reign supreme.
Wherever you’re from, live long and prosper, nerdy friends. And may the force be with you.
Full Ranked List With Most Popular Fandom
- New Hampshire – Game of Thrones
- Vermont – Magic the Gathering
- Maine – Magic the Gathering
- Alaska – Warhammer 40,000
- Montana – Star Trek
- North Dakota – Star Trek
- Rhode Island – Game of Thrones
- Washington – Star Trek
- Wyoming – Magic the Gathering
- Idaho – Star Trek
- Nevada – Harry Potter
- Utah – Lord of the Rings
- Ohio – Game of Thrones
- Connecticut – Game of Thrones
- Oregon – Star Trek
- West Virginia – Cosplay
- Delaware – Game of Thrones
- Hawaii – Star Wars
- New Mexico – Star Trek
- Kentucky – Cosplay
- Colorado – Star Trek
- Maryland – Game of Thrones
- Indiana – Star Trek
- Oklahoma – Star Trek
- Massachusetts – Game of Thrones
- Virginia – Game of Thrones
- Missouri – Star Trek
- South Dakota – Magic the Gathering
- Iowa – Magic the Gathering
- Nebraska – Star Wars
- Pennsylvania – Game of Thrones
- Kansas – Anime
- Illinois – Game of Thrones
- Wisconsin – Game of Thrones
- Michigan – Star Trek
- Arkansas – Anime
- New Jersey – Game of Thrones
- Alabama – Anime
- Arizona – Cosplay
- California – Anime
- Minnesota – Game of Thrones
- Tennessee – Cosplay
- Texas – Cosplay
- Florida – Cosplay
- New York – Game of Thrones
- Louisiana – Anime
- Georgia – Anime
- North Carolina – Game of Thrones
- South Carolina – Anime
- Mississippi – Anime