State Of Fry: Each State’s Favorite Type Of French Fry

By Kathy Morris - Apr. 30, 2021

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French fries are America’s favorite potato.

However, as any fry connoisseur knows, there are more than one way to make french fries. In fact, there are over a dozen delicious possible fry formations, although some are far more popular than others.

In honor of French fries (And of course all he jobs from growing, manufacturing, and serving them), we set out to find each state’s favorite type of fry. Plus, we already found each state’s favorite dipping sauce, so this was the next obvious step.

The results? People want more than a basic fry.

Interesting Findings

  • Waffle fries and cheese fries tie with 12 states each favoriting the two popular fries.
  • An impressive 7 states know tater tots are the bomb– which despite being a fried potato somehow feels like the wrong choice.
  • Only New Mexico likes chili cheese fries best.
  • 5 states favor whimpy shoestring fries.
  • Another 5 states prefer sweet potato fries (Maybe so they can kid themselves they’re being healthy?)
  • Kentucky and Michigan keep it real with crinkle fries.
  • Curly fries are criminally underrated, favorited by only 3 states.

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How We Figured This Out

Using Google Trends, we determined what type of fry each state eats a disproportionate amount of. We looked at nearly a dozen different types of fries. From there, we determined what type of fry is searched a disproportionately, high amount in each state.

For example, while New Mexico eats all the types of fries, the search interest in “chili cheese fries” is disproportionately higher than the remaining states- making “chili cheese fries” more popular in New Mexico than anywhere else.

Some controversial decisions were made, including excluding those smiley fries that come in a freezer bag from our list. We didn’t want to encourage such deviant fry behavior. Similarly, we left off onion rings because they aren’t made from a potato.

There’s a reason Burger King asks if you want fries OR onion rings. It’s because onion rings are dirty fry posers.

However, perhaps most controversially we also counted tater tots as a fry, since they are fried and made from potato.

We looked at a full year of search data, giving every state the opportunity to demonstrate their love of fry.

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Is there a wrong way to enjoy fries?

Aside from those smiley-shaped, frozen french fry wannabees and not french fry onion rings, it’s hard to go wrong with fries.

So go ahead and order whatever fry rocks your boat on that next work Happy Hour. Shoot, go ahead and make a fry-cuterie tray and have all your favorites present.

Can you really have too many fries? Absolutely not. Especially when they’re covered in cheese.

Each State’s Favorite Type Of Fry

State Type
Alabama Cheese fries
California Cheese fries
Colorado Cheese fries
Georgia Cheese fries
Louisiana Cheese fries
Mississippi Cheese fries
Nevada Cheese fries
North Carolina Cheese fries
Oklahoma Cheese fries
Rhode Island Cheese fries
South Carolina Cheese fries
Texas Cheese fries
New Mexico Chili Cheese Fries
Kentucky Crinkle fries
Michigan Crinkle fries
Arizona Curly fries
Hawaii Curly fries
Wisconsin Curly fries
New Jersey Shoestring fries
New York Shoestring fries
Pennsylvania Shoestring fries
Virginia Shoestring fries
Washington Shoestring fries
Arkansas Steak fries
Illinois Steak fries
Indiana Steak fries
Oregon Steak fries
Connecticut Sweet potato fries
Delaware Sweet potato fries
District of Columbia Sweet potato fries
Massachusetts Sweet potato fries
Vermont Sweet potato fries
Alaska Tater tots
Idaho Tater tots
Maine Tater tots
Montana Tater tots
North Dakota Tater tots
South Dakota Tater tots
Wyoming Tater tots
Florida Waffle fries
Iowa Waffle fries
Kansas Waffle fries
Maryland Waffle fries
Minnesota Waffle fries
Missouri Waffle fries
Nebraska Waffle fries
New Hampshire Waffle fries
Ohio Waffle fries
Tennessee Waffle fries
Utah Waffle fries
West Virginia Waffle fries

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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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