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2020 was the year of the couch potato.
With shutdowns and social distancing, there was never a better time to Netflix and couch. But not all states have people rocking the couch potato lifestyle and some are downright a bad place to sprawl out and enjoy the telly.
In fact, some are comfy blanket desserts with wi-fi that will your shows buffering. It begs the question, where in the country offers all the amenities to be a couch potato paradise?
Using internet speed, hours spent watching tv, home size, and the amount spent on comfy furniture, we found where the sofa spuds are— and where those who aspire for the leisurely lounge life should go.
States With The Most Couch Potatoes
- North Dakota
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
Surprised? The hardworking hardy Midwestern states apparently disproportionately enjoy the streaming life.
How We Determined This
We ranked each state 1-to-50 in 4 areas:
- Hours spent watching tv (The more, the more the couch potato lifestyle is thriving in a state)
- Home size in square feet (the bigger the home, the more space to sprawl on an oversized sectional)
- Internet speed (the higher percent of the population with broadband, the better for streaming)
- Amount spent on bedding and furnishing per capita (the more spent on blankets and cozy furnishing, the better for couch potatoes)
We started by looking at the hours spent watching tv in each state, according to the American Time Use Survey. Obviously, the more time spent watching tv, the more couch potatoes in the state.
From there, we looked at Realtor.com’s data on average home size. The more spacious the house, the more room for soda spuds to sprawl out. However, for a couch potato paradise, you don’t just need space… you need comfy furniture and blankets. To find where they go all out on plush furniture, we broke down sales on furniture and bedding per capita in each state.
Finally, we added the cherry on top of the Sunday- internet speed. After all, streaming is king now and fast internet is a must for streaming. The higher the percent or residents with broadband internet according to the ACS Census, the better for potatoing.
Hours of tv watched: 3:14:32
Home size (Sq ft): 2,052
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$414
Wyoming is where the couch potatoes are at. Couch potatoes in Wyoming spend an impressive $414 per person yearly to deck out their above average sized homes. All the better for watching those 3+ hours of television a day.
Hours of tv watched: 3:47:09
Home size (Sq ft): 1,800
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$380
Delaware is the 2nd best state for couch potatoes. While the homes aren’t as spacious as out west, Delaware watches an impressive 3 hours and 47 minutes of tv a day– only beat by West Virginia.
Hours of tv watched: 2:53:23
Home size (Sq ft): 1,920
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$390
Maryland has some of the longer commutes in the country. Perhaps it’s no surprise that after a long day at work, workers just want to put their feet up and take advantage of Maryland’s speedy fast internet.
4. North Dakota
Hours of tv watched: 3:34:29
Home size (Sq ft): 1,788
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$424
North Dakota has stunning national parks, but many in North Dakota know that the view from the couch is pretty great too. Residents of North Dakota spend around $321,700,000 each year on furniture and bedding– an amount that works out to $424.36 per person.
Hours of tv watched: 2:28:22
Home size (Sq ft): 2,126
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$385
Colorado is known for its great nature and fun outdoor activities. However, it’s speedy internet and large homes mean it’s also a couch potato haven.
Hours of tv watched: 2:41:03
Home size (Sq ft): 1,804
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$400
Spacious and well decked out houses make Connecticut homes a great choice for a movie marathon. While they watch about 20 minutes less tv a day than the national average, what they do watch is in supreme comfort.
Hours of tv watched: 2:57:52
Home size (Sq ft): 1,744
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$397
In 7th place is Massachusetts. Massachusetts is also one of the most educated states in the nation. Instead of street smarts do they have tv smarts?
8. New Jersey
Hours of tv watched: 3:19:55
Home size (Sq ft): 1,740
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$385
The garden state might just be the perfect place to stay home. Despite tiny homes, New Jersey residents have great internet access and watch about 24 hours (a whole day!) of TV a week.
Hours of tv watched: 2:54:03
Home size (Sq ft): 1,896
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$389
Virginians watch slightly less tv than most of the country, but have all the other ingredients for a perfect Netflix and chill.
10. South Dakota
Hours of tv watched: 3:02:21
Home size (Sq ft): 1,984
Furniture/Bedding Spending Per Capita:$387
In 10th place is South Dakota. Residents of South Dakota have the 6th largest homes in the nation. Toss in well-furnished homes and it’s easy to see those 3 hours of television a day are spent comfortably.
It’s ok to be a couch potato
It’s been a weird, stressful year. If you spent more time on the couch than usual, that’s okay.
Of course, if you’re looking to be less sedentary, you can always explore outdoor jobs or occupations that will keep you on your feet.
On the other hand, you could just move to Hawaii the least couch potato state in the nation. Which sounds a lot more fun.
Every state, from most couch potato to least
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