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Each state is known for its quirky characteristics, such as accents, driving habits, and traditions. While you might feel right at home among these unique qualities, you could be surprised at how your neighbors feel about movies, sports teams, and other trending topics. To find this information, we combed reputable online resources for lists of the most popular movies, YouTube channels, tourist attractions, food, and sports teams in each state.
Alabama Crimson Tide Forrest Gump (1994) WWE Battleship USS Alabama — Mobile, AL Chicken and white BBQ sauce
Alabama is the only state where alcohol — specifically, Conecuh Ridge Whiskey — is the official drink.
Seattle Seahawks The Proposal (2009) Markiplier Tracy Arm Fjord — Juneau, AK King crab
Alaska is twice the size of Texas, and 1/5 the size of the entire US.
Arizona Diamondbacks A Star Is Born (2018) IGN The Grand Canyon Chimichangas
The Grand Canyon National Park, located in Arizona, is the only Natural Wonder of the World in the US.
Dallas Cowboys True Grit (2010) RihannaVEVO Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — Bentonville, AR Fried pickles
Sling Blade is the only Academy Award-winning film shot and set in Arkansas.
Los Angeles Dodgers Furious 7 (2015) ToyScouter Alcatraz Island — San Francisco, CA Mission burrito
California is home to the highest peak and the lowest valley in the continental US, and they are within 100 miles of each other. Mount Whitney is 14,494 feet tall and Badwater Basin in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.
Denver Broncos Interstellar (2014) Trap Nation Garden of the Gods — Colorado Springs, CO Lamb chops
Colorado residents Dorothy and Bill Harmsen created the famous Jolly Ranchers candy in the 1940s while selling ice cream and candy in the Denver area.
Boston Red Sox Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) TheEllenShow Yale University Art Gallery — New Haven, CT White clam pizza
ESPN was launched in Bristol, Connecticut in 1979, making it the first sports channel in the world.
New England Patriots Goosebumps (2015) IGN Air Mobility Command Museum — Dover Air Force Base, DE Fries with vinegar
Delaware is one of five states in the US that doesn't have sales tax.
Miami Heat Men in Black 3 (2012) Ultra Music The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Orlando, FL Key lime pie
On average, Key West, Florida is the hottest city in the US.
Atlanta Falcons Gone With the Wind (1939) Toys and Colors Georgia Aquarium — Atlanta, GA Boiled peanuts
Since 1972, over 1,700 films and TV programs have been produced in Georgia, including The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, and Black Panther. As a result, Georgia is known as the "Hollywood of the South."
Los Angeles Lakers Godzilla (2014) Bruno Mars Punalu'u Black Sand Beach — Hawaii Island, HI Shave ice
Kilauea, located on Hawaii's Big Island, is the world's most active volcano.
Seattle Seahawks The River Wild (1994) Machinima Boise River Greenbelt — Boise, ID Jim spud baked potato
Philo T. Farnsworth, who went to school in Rigby, Idaho, created the first prototype of an all-electric television.
Chicago Cubs Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) FunToys Collector Disney Toys The Art Institute of Chicago — Chicago, IL Chicago deep-dish pizza
The Chicago Cubs were called the Chicago White Stockings until 1907, and Wrigley Field was called Weegham Park until 1927.
Chicago Cubs The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Fueled By Ramen Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Indianapolis, IN Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich
In 1871, the very first baseball game was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Chicago Cubs Star Trek (2009) TaylorSwiftVEVO Field of Dreams Filming Location — Dyersville, IA Sweet corn
Iowa has a hog population of 21.2 million, far outstripping the human population of 3 million.
Kansas City Royals Man of Steel (2013) TaylorSwiftVEVO Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead — Overland Park, KS BBQ ribs
The Arkansas River flows through both Arkansas and Kansas. But in the latter, the river is pronounced ar-Kansas; in the former, it's pronounced Arkan-saw.
Cincinnati Reds Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) WWE Kentucky Bourbon Trail Hot brown
Kentucky Fried Chicken was founded in 1930 by Colonel Harland Sanders. Sanders sold his chicken out of his roadside restaurant for more than two decades, and the first franchise location opened in Utah in 1952.
New Orleans Saints Captain Marvel (2019) Toys and Colors Bourbon Street/French Quarter — New Orleans, LA Beignets
Around Mardi Gras, the population of New Orleans blows up to about 1.4 million people. The rest of the year, it sits at just 384,000.
New England Patriots It (2017) PewDiePie Acadia National Park Lobster roll
There's a reason the Maine lobster roll is so popular: 90% of the country's lobster supply (about 40 million pounds) is freshly caught off the coast. Maine also produces 99% of the nation's blueberries and 90% of the nation's toothpicks.
Baltimore Orioles Live Free or Die Hard (2007) DCToys Sandaroo Kids United States Naval Academy — Annapolis, MD Steamed crabs
Edgar Allan Poe was one of Baltimore's most famous residents. As a nod to that, the NFL team Baltimore Ravens was named after one of Poe's well-known poems.
Boston Red Sox War of the Worlds (2005) TheEllenShow Fenway Park — Boston, MA Clam chowder
In 1938, Ruthie Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts.
Detroit Tigers Beverly Hills Cop (1984) DCTC Toy Channel Mackinac Island Beef pasty
Michigan has the second-largest shoreline in the US, second only to Alaska. In fact, no matter where you stand in the state, you're within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
Minnesota Vikings Inside Out (2015) Ryan ToysReview Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox — Bemidji, MN Hotdish
The Coen brothers' award-winning film Fargo is famously set in Minnesota, as is the TV series of the same name. Other movies filmed in Minnesota include Purple Rain, Jennifer's Body, and Jingle All the Way.
New Orleans Saints Django Unchained (2012) BeyoncéVEVO Vicksburg National Military Park — Vicksburg, MS Biscuits
In 1898, root beer was invented by Edward Barq Sr. in Biloxi. The Barq's company was later sold to Coca-Cola. But funnily enough, the very first bottle of Coca-Cola was made in Vicksburg.
St. Louis Cardinals Gone Girl (2014) Fueled By Ramen Gateway Arch — St. Louis, MO Toasted ravioli
Missouri is home to many famous American writers, including Maya Angelou, T.S. Eliot, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, Langston Hughes, and Gillian Flynn.
Denver Broncos Jurassic Park (1993) PopularMMOs Glacier National Park Huckleberry ice cream
Montana's official state animal is the grizzly bear, and it's not hard to see why. Montana boasts the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states, with about 500 living there.
Chicago Cubs Up in the Air (2009) Family Fun Pack Chimney Rock — Morrill County, NE Tin roof sundae
Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings in 1927 by Edwin Perkins. It was originally named "Fruit Smack," and is now the state's official soft drink.
Vegas Golden Knights Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) IGN Las Vegas Strip — Las Vegas, NV 3 a.m. steak and eggs
Nevada is the dryest state in the country, receiving just 10 inches of rain annually. The kangaroo rat, a Nevada native, has adapted to require not even a drop of water in their entire lifespan. They can survive on the traces of water found in their high-seed diet.
New England Patriots Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) TaylorSwiftVEVO Mount Washington Poutine
Portsmouth is the site of the first-ever alien abduction case. In 1961, Betty and Barney Hill filed an official report, claiming they were kidnapped by aliens and taken into a cigar-shaped UFO.
New York Yankees World War Z (2013) Mother Goose Club Atlantic City Boardwalk — Atlantic City, NJ Disco fries
New Jersey has approximately 525 diners — the most in the world. For that reason, New Jersey is known as the Diner Capital of the World.
Dallas Cowboys Thor (2011) PitbullVEVO Carlsbad Caverns — Carlsbad, NM Frito pie
New Mexico's capital Santa Fe is the oldest European city west of the Mississippi River and the oldest capital city in North America. It was established in 1610 by the Spaniards.
New York Yankees Avengers: Endgame (2019) Blu Toys Club Surprise Central Park — New York, NY Buffalo wings
Although it's not Hollywood, New York has the highest number of state-born Oscar winners at 48.
Carolina Panthers Deep Impact (1998) DCTC Toy Channel Blue Ridge Parkway Lexington-style BBQ
Mini-golf, or Putt Putt, was born on James Well Barber's estate in Pinehurst, NC. It was called Thistle Dhu.
Minnesota Vikings Logan (2017) PopularMMOs Theodore Roosevelt National Park Cheese buttons/pierogi
Agricultural farms and ranches compose almost 90% of the land in North Dakota.
Cleveland Cavaliers The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Fueled By Ramen Cedar Point — Sandusky, OH Cincinnati chili
Thomas Edison, known as America's greatest inventor, was born in Milan, Ohio. He is credited with the invention of the modern light bulb, phonograph, and motion pictures.
Oklahoma City Thunder Twister (1996) TheEllenShow The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum — Oklahoma City, OK Steak
Oklahoma might be landlocked, but because of its many man-made lakes, it has more shoreline than the Gulf and Atlantic coasts combined.
Portland Trail Blazers Kindergarten Cop (1990) MalumaVEVO Crater Lake — Klamath County, OR Marionberry pie
Oregon has the deepest lake in the US (1,943-ft. deep Crater Lake) and the deepest gorge in North America (7,900-ft. deep Hells Canyon).
Philadelphia Eagles The Sixth Sense (1999) WWE Gettysburg National Military Park — Gettysburg, PA Philly cheesesteak
Since 1909, Reighard's Gas Station has been fueling up cars in and around Altoona, PA. It is the oldest gas station still in service in the US.
New England Patriots The Conjuring (2013) IGN Newport Mansions — Newport, RI Coffee milk
Coffee milk, made of coffee syrup/extract and milk, became the official drink of Rhode Island in 1993.
Carolina Panthers G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) WWE Historic Charleston — Downtown Charleston, SC She-crab soup
Gullah Gullah Island, a popular Nickelodeon show in the '90s, was based off the Gullah people, who were descendants of African slaves living in the Southeast US. The show was filmed in South Carolina.
Minnesota Vikings Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) CookieSwirlC Custer State Park — Custer, SD Lefse
The Mitchell Corn Palace in South Dakota is made of 3,500 bushels of corn, and is the only corn palace in the world.
Tennessee Titans Iron Man 3 (2013) Fueled By Ramen Graceland — Memphis, TN Nashville hot chicken sandwich
In Tennessee, it's illegal to share passwords to subscription-based streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu.
Dallas Cowboys Armageddon (1998) MalumaVEVO San Antonio Riverwalk — San Antonio, TX Brisket
The Oscar given to stars at the Academy Awards was given its name by Academy librarian Margaret Herrick, who said the statuette resembled her cousin Oscar Pierce, who lived in Texas.
Utah Jazz Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) TaylorSwiftVEVO Zion National Park Fry sauce
The Great Salt Lake in Utah is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River, and is four times saltier than the world's oceans.
Boston Red Sox What Lies Beneath (2000) TaylorSwiftVEVO Ben & Jerry's Factory — Waterbury, VT Apple pie with cheddar
Vermont is known for its cold, snowy winters. It's only fitting that the first known person to photograph a snowflake — a man named Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley — was a Vermont native.
Washington Redskins Mission: Impossible (1996) Ryan ToysReview Shenandoah National Park Peanut soup
Americans can credit Virginia for its obsession with peanuts. In the 1800s, Virginia was the first state to grow commercial peanuts, and they soon became a beloved nut.
Seattle Seahawks The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) Atlantic Records Pike Place Market — Seattle, WA Seafood soup
In the continental US, Washington is the most glaciated state, with glaciers covering 449 km2 of it.
Pittsburgh Steelers Patch Adams (1998) WWE Bridge Day — Fayetteville, WV Pepperoni rolls
West Virginia really loves its mothers. The first Mother's Day was observed in 1908 at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton.
Green Bay Packers Bridesmaids (2011) Trap Nation Lambeau Field — Green Bay, Wisconsin Fried cheese curds
The small town of Monroe, Wisconsin is known as the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World, a title celebrated at its annual cheese festival.
Denver Broncos Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Maroon5VEVO Yellowstone National Park Fry bread
Students looking to attend an in-state college don't have to do much searching. Wyoming is the only state with just one four-year postgraduate university: the University of Wyoming.