The States That Love Bacon the Most

By Amanda Postma - Dec. 15, 2020

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Nothing in the world is better than bacon.

The slight curves, the way it melts in your mouth, the crunch. It’s all good. There is nothing that’s truly perfect in this world. But the exception is bacon.

Even vegetarians love bacon, which is why they created vegan bacon. In fact, studies have shown that bacon is the one meat that’s hardest for vegans and vegetarians to stay away from.

And you know Hollywood loves bacon. Maybe Kevin Bacon, but really what’s the difference? Fun fact: A statue of Kevin Bacon made entirely of bacon was auctioned off on eBay 10 years ago.

Speaking of fun facts, we have several bacon tidbits below that will make you want to fry up some delicious pork belly. But first, let’s take a look at which states love bacon the most.

States That Love Bacon the Most

  1. Nebraska
  2. West Virginia
  3. Iowa
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Missouri
  7. Alabama
  8. Ohio
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Wisconsin

While we may not agree, there are some places that don’t favor bacon so much. The thought of someone not liking bacon is actually kind of repulsive.

States That Could Take it or Leave it

  1. Washington
  2. Idaho
  3. Mississippi
  4. Nevada
  5. New Mexico
  6. New York
  7. California
  8. Florida
  9. Kansas
  10. Hawaii

While you’re cutting off your ties to these states, you should enjoy these bacon fun facts. Be sure to stick around for some job positions that will be bacon you crazy.

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Bacon Facts

  • About $5 billion is spent each year in the U.S. on bacon alone.
  • The average American eats about 18 pounds of bacon every year.
  • The majority (70%) of bacon is eaten at breakfast time.
  • Bacon is so popular in the U.S. there is a church dedicated to it. The United Church of Bacon is headquartered in Las Vegas.
  • Private labels sell the most bacon in the U.S., accounting for over $345 million.
  • Aside from private labels, larger labels like Oscar Mayer, Hormel, and Smithfield lead the U.S. in bacon sales.
  • Bacon was first discovered almost 4,000 years ago.
  • The U.S. produces more than 2 billion pounds of bacon every year.
  • How We Determined This

    Our data on bacon-loving comes from Ginnys.com. Ginny’s measure bacon enthusiasm by analyzing an impressive (and probably crispy) 64,000 Instagram photos.

    The photos were country-wide and tagged #food, #breakfast, #lunch and #dinner. The more of those pictures contained bacon, the more bacon-loving the state.

    From there, we used their data to rank each state- the higher the bacon adoration, the higher the state-ranked.

    Bringing Home the Bacon

    If you’re obsessed with bacon, why not make a job out of it? You’ve got to pay the bills anyhow. You should be able to do that while being surrounded by something you’re passionate about.

    Whether you just love bacon enough to eat or you have so much passion for it you want to work alongside bacon every day, we’ve got you covered.

    The table below shows how every state ranks when it comes to being obsessed with bacon.

    States That Love Bacon the Most (and Least)

    Rank State Bacon Love
    1 Nebraska 132%
    2 West Virginia 103%
    3 Iowa 83%
    4 Colorado 61%
    5 Connecticut 60%
    5 Missouri 60%
    7 Alabama 54%
    7 Ohio 54%
    9 New Hampshire 51%
    9 Wisconsin 51%
    11 Virginia 49%
    12 North Carolina 47%
    13 Delaware 40%
    13 Maryland 40%
    13 North Dakota 40%
    16 Vermont 38%
    17 South Carolina 37%
    18 Pennsylvania 34%
    19 Alaska 33%
    19 Oregon 33%
    21 Maine 26%
    22 Rhode Island 25%
    23 Wyoming 23%
    24 Indiana 22%
    24 Massachusetts 22%
    24 South Dakota 22%
    27 Minnesota 21%
    27 Montana 21%
    29 Kentucky 20%
    30 Michigan 19%
    30 Texas 19%
    30 Utah 19%
    33 Louisiana 14%
    34 Illinois 12%
    35 Oklahoma 9%
    36 Tennessee 8%
    37 Arkansas 3%
    38 Arizona 2%
    39 Georgia 0%
    40 New Jersey -4%
    40 Washington -4%
    42 Idaho -5%
    42 Mississippi -5%
    44 Nevada -7%
    45 New Mexico -10%
    46 New York -13%
    47 California -14%
    48 Florida -21%
    49 Kansas -26%
    50 Hawaii -48%

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    Amanda Postma

    Amanda Postma is a writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia.

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