The Best States For Couch Potatoes

By Kathy Morris
Feb. 24, 2021

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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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Delaware
  3. Maryland
  4. North Dakota
  5. Colorado
  6. Connecticut
  7. Massachusetts
  8. New Jersey
  9. Virginia
  10. 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.

1. Wyoming

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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.

2. Delaware

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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.

3. Maryland

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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

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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.

5. Colorado

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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.

6. Connecticut

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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.

7. Massachusetts

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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

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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.

9. Virginia

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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

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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

Rank State Hours Tv Watched Daily Home Size Sq Ft Furniture/Bedding Bough Fast Internet %
1 Wyoming 3:14:32 2,052 $414 87
2 Delaware 3:47:09 1,800 $380 88
3 Maryland 2:53:23 1,920 $390 89
4 North Dakota 3:34:29 1,788 $424 84
5 Colorado 2:28:22 2,126 $385 91
6 Connecticut 2:41:03 1,804 $400 88
7 Massachusetts 2:57:52 1,744 $397 88
7 New Jersey 3:19:55 1,740 $385 89
9 Virginia 2:54:03 1,896 $389 86
10 South Dakota 3:02:21 1,984 $387 85
11 Minnesota 2:33:50 1,828 $394 87
11 Montana 2:36:39 2,040 $399 85
13 Washington 2:35:15 1,903 $378 91
14 West Virginia 4:30:54 1,714 $403 81
15 Georgia 3:26:29 1,963 $358 85
16 Idaho 2:56:41 1,932 $345 88
17 Texas 3:04:35 2,031 $344 86
18 Pennsylvania 3:13:50 1,700 $391 85
19 New York 2:52:31 1,764 $391 86
20 Alabama 3:27:25 1,800 $382 81
21 Nebraska 2:59:41 1,714 $385 87
22 Rhode Island 2:47:26 1,688 $395 87
22 Utah 2:13:55 2,305 $308 90
24 Oregon 2:46:23 1,780 $378 89
25 Louisiana 3:41:20 1,786 $379 80
25 Ohio 3:19:40 1,620 $390 85
27 Illinois 3:08:03 1,632 $386 86
28 South Carolina 3:22:23 1,846 $369 82
28 Vermont 2:19:43 1,815 $412 83
30 Mississippi 3:29:20 1,879 $364 76
30 Oklahoma 3:36:34 1,746 $376 83
32 Alaska 2:20:24 1,789 $384 87
32 Florida 3:21:39 1,694 $371 86
32 Kansas 2:56:30 1,782 $385 85
35 Nevada 3:34:53 1,712 $357 85
36 Wisconsin 2:39:09 1,669 $397 86
37 Kentucky 3:21:29 1,750 $381 83
38 Arkansas 3:24:52 1,792 $374 79
38 Iowa 3:07:56 1,550 $392 83
40 Arizona 2:57:36 1,763 $355 87
40 North Carolina 2:50:50 1,800 $375 85
42 Missouri 3:02:37 1,650 $387 84
43 New Hampshire 2:40:22 1,768 $323 89
44 Michigan 3:02:22 1,530 $384 85
44 Tennessee 2:56:36 1,848 $373 83
46 New Mexico 2:52:06 1,838 $381 78
47 Indiana 3:04:35 1,742 $374 83
48 Maine 2:17:37 1,663 $409 84
49 California 2:39:03 1,625 $345 89
50 Hawaii 2:32:58 1,308 $351 88

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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