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Wyoming Is 41st Least-Hated State; Colorado Tops The List

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Unsurprisingly, Wyoming is one of the least-hated states in the nation. However, we weren’t the least hated state, which is surprising.

Instead, Wyoming came in at number 41 in a ranking of most-hated states, according to a recent study done by career website Zippia.

The least-hated state in the whole country, which is surprising for any person who lives in Wyoming, is Colorado.

Another surprise was the most-hated state, which was Illinois. The other most-hated states included New Jersey, New York, California, Mississippi and Kentucky.

“Illinois is one of the fastest shrinking states in the nation,” according to Zippia. “Overall, in recent years the state saw a 0.54% decrease in population. With that number, perhaps it isn’t too surprising that 1-in-4 Illinoisans say their state is the absolute worst place to live. Yikes.”

Zippia looked at three metrics to determine which states were the most and least-hated.

First, they looked at the percent of residents who told Gallup their state is the “worst possible state to live in.” Then, they looked at population increases and decreases in every state.

Obviously, the larger the population decrease, the more hated the state was.

Finally, they used an Instagram poll, where a man asked his 300,000 followers which state they hated the most, and apparently Illinois won.

It’s not the first time in recent weeks Wyoming has received a positive ranking in a national poll. Earlier this week, it was identified by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the top 50 vacation destinations in the country.

However, just to balance that out, an insurance company earlier this month ranked the state as the worst in the nation for drunk driving.

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Wyoming’s Favorite Holiday Treat Is Eggnog

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

According to a recently published, very scientific report, Wyoming’s favorite holiday treat is eggnog.

However, we can’t confirm if the preferred eggnog includes bourbon or if people are just out here drinking this weird milk punch plain.

This is all according to career resource website Zippia, which analyzed Google trend results across all 50 states to find each one’s favorite holiday treat. In the event of two (or more) dishes tying for a state, the dessert with the highest search volume was chosen.

Turns out, a lot of states are eating a ton of cheesecake during the holidays. We were not aware cheesecake is a holiday-only treat, and it would seem that there are many more holidays celebrated at our house than we feel comfortable sharing.

Residents in a total of nine states, including Arkansas, Florida and Michigan, are searching for the best cheesecake recipes during the holiday season. However, Wisconsinites seem to be into Andes peppermints this time of year.

Delaware and Vermont are checking out chocolate chip cookies for the holidays, and again, we apparently celebrate a LOT of holidays if these are a holiday-only treat.

To be fair, Wyoming could have chosen a worse treat: fruitcake, which both Carolinas picked as their favorite.

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Wyoming’s Most Interesting Google Search During the Pandemic? Hot Wings

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyomingites have had hot wings on the brain during the pandemic, according to our Google searches.

Career resource website Zippia recently unveiled all 50 states’ most interesting Google searches since the pandemic began, and Wyoming’s search was all about hot wings.

This was tame compared to some other state searches over the last five months, such as Missouri’s “meth recipe, Florida’s “how to sleep at work” and Michigan’s “making cannabutter” (also known as cannabis butter) inquiries.

Of course, “most interesting” is subjective. How did they determine “most interesting?”

Zippia explained they used Google Trends to determine “what each state was googling more than any other state during quarantine.”

That still seems pretty subjective. Regardless, staff members searched hundreds of terms, ranging from outdoor activities to do-it-yourself projects, foods and drinks, self-improvement and more.

The time period ranged from April to August. Five months of quarantining and social distancing has caused us all to start googling weird subjects.

The Western region’s Google searches varied wildly, with Coloradoans focusing on how to stop drinking, Utahans looking up information on a Dr. Pepper shortage and Idahoans trying to figure out how to delete Facebook.

Some other weird searches included Tennessee’s hunt for “Cracker Barrel Alcohol,” South Dakota’s “how to move to Canada” and Nevada’s “going vegan.”

Our favorite might be Florida (home of Florida Man). Their top search: “How To Sleep At Work”.

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