Well is seems that those Facebook demographic analysis that our own Brett Schenker has been delving into, can be used for just about anything. Estately has used FB demos to come up with The Nerdiest States In America – to do it they analyzed the percentage of users in 12 foundational categories:
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Dungeons & Dragons
LARPing (Live Action Role-Playing)
Lord of the Rings
Magic: The Gathering
As you can see from the above chart, Utah is overwhelmingly the nerdiest state—perhaps explaining the massive turnout for the Salt Lake City Comic Con—ranking #1 or #2 in eight different categories.
There are some interesting trends at a glance — for instance Vermont ranks #25 overall but #2 in Horry Potter and #5 in Lord of the Rings. Alaska and Wyoming, the most remote states, are #1 and #2 in Magic the Gathering, conjuring a Hopper-like painting of silent lonely tundras punctuated only by the slap of cards on a table.
If you’re wondering about comics, the top five states are
The least nerdy area? Washington DC followed by Mississippi.
[Photo: cosplayers Renna Mira, Shelby Shoaf, Susan Stoffer Sorensen and Eric Sorensen at Salt Lake Comic Con]
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.