Map: The Sandwich Each State Is The Biggest Fan Of

By Kathy Morris - Oct. 26, 2020

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Sandwich, it’s what for lunch.

The average US worker spends $20 a week on lunches out. Since that adds up, it’s no surprise that many opt to bring their own lunch to work.

What do they bring? Sandwiches! From pastrami on rye to banh mi, workers are chowing down on delicious, bread-y concoctions.

In honor of National Sandwich Day on November 3rd, we rounded up the sandwich people in each state are most likely to be celebrating with.

Here are our most interesting findings and some fun-wich facts.

Interesting Findings

  • 300 million is how many sandwiches Americans eat every day.
  • Subway, and Subway franchises, alone employ over 410,000 people.
  • A Subway Sandwich Artist earns an average $19k per year.
  • Some like it hot- 28 states favorite sandwich is a hot one.
  • Can someone talk to Massachusetts and get them to explain fluffernutter?
  • Breakrooms in Wyoming probably smell a bit more like egg salad. Gross.
  • Of all the sandwiches in the world, Kentucky and Ohio dig bologna…which is a choice.
  • 6 states are raving fans of BBQ sandwiches- no surprise they’re mostly southern states.
  • Another 6 states dig chicken sandwiches, with 6 other states choosing tuna
  • Sandwiches are for breakfast too, just ask New York.
  • Some states favorites are signature sandwiches, like Pennsylvania’s cheesesteak, Maines’ lobster roll, and New Jersey’s pork roll.

How We Determined This

Using Google Trends, we determined what sandwich each state eats a disproportionate amount. We examined 40 different popular sandwiches, some good ol’ classic sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly, others a bit edgier like the delicious Bahn Mi.

We, being sane humans of average intelligence, excluded hamburgers and hot dogs from our selection. While we expanded our selection beyond white bread concoctions, there are some hills worth dying on. Ours is that anything you can add ketchup to without making it gross isn’t a sandwich.

Since we used Google Trends data (based on people searching for things like “grilled cheese” and “grilled cheese recipe”), our data eschews a bit more sophisticated.

While some folks may be googling to upgrade their standard ham and cheese sandwich, a lot of us just slab it on bread and go. Similarly, what may be a lunch box favorite, might not be what we’re seeking to get from a nearby deli.

Sandwich, Lunch Time Hero

While leftovers, salads, and microwaved lunches have their place, the real lunchbox star is the sandwich. No need to heat up, just grab and nom. Bored of the same old same old?

Impossible, there are a jillion types of sandwiches. Just add a cool condiment or try a new yummy type of bread.

From turkey club to Doner kebab, there’s a little something for everyone.

The Sandwich Each State Like

State Sandwich
Alabama BBQ sandwich
Alaska Grinder
Arizona Torta
Arkansas Chicken Sandwich
California Panini
Colorado Doner kebab
Connecticut Bacon Egg And Cheese
Delaware Italian Sub
Florida Cuban Sandwich
Georgia Chicken Sandwich
Hawaii Pastrami on rye
Idaho Tuna Sandwich
Illinois Italian Beef
Indiana Chicken Sandwich
Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
Kansas BBQ sandwich
Kentucky Bologna sandwich
Louisiana Po boy
Maine Lobster Roll
Maryland Tuna Sandwich
Massachusetts Fluffernutter
Michigan Corned Beef Sandwich
Minnesota Fried Egg Sandwich
Mississippi Chicken Sandwich
Missouri Chicken Sandwich
Montana Tuna Sandwich
Nebraska PB And Jelly
Nevada Chicken Sandwich
New Hampshire Roast Beef Sandwich
New Jersey Pork Roll
New Mexico Tuna Sandwich
New York Bacon Egg And Cheese
North Carolina BBQ sandwich
North Dakota Ham And Cheese Sandwich
Ohio Bologna sandwich
Oklahoma Patty melt
Oregon Bahn Mi
Pennsylvania Cheesesteak
Rhode Island Tuna Sandwich
South Carolina Reuben
South Dakota Fluffernutter
Tennessee BBQ sandwich
Texas Patty melt
Utah Chicken Salad Sandwich
Vermont Turkey Sandwich
Virginia Grilled Cheese
Washington Bahn Mi
West Virginia BBQ sandwich
Wisconsin Tuna Sandwich
Wyoming Egg Salad Sandwich

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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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