The Most Popular Thanksgiving Side In Every State

By Kathy Morris - Nov. 3, 2020

Thanksgiving is one of only 10 federal holidays in the US.

While some workers work holidays, the majority of workers can be thankful on Thanksgiving for a nice meal with their meals. This year, many businesses have announced they will not start Black Friday on Thursday- freeing more workers to enjoy a meal with their family.

It got us thinking, what foods will every one be eating? Are some states crazier for corn than others? Anyone cheesing out? We analyzed Google searches to determine each state’s favorite Thanksgiving side.

The results? Thanksgiving may be called Turkey Day, but maybe it should be called mashed potato day. Or mac ‘n cheese day.

Most Interesting Findings

  • Mashed potatoes are the favorite of 10 states.
  • Right behind mashed potatoes is mac n’ cheese- 7 states know that it’s not Thanksgiving without the cheesy, delicious dish.
  • While most states are reaching for the carbs, Maine is all about that side salad.
  • The south isn’t a casserole belt, but the Midwest can’t get enough – especially of green bean casserole
  • Alabama doesn’t eat stuffing, they like “dressing” AKA southern people stuffing.
  • Only New Hampshire is a big fan of cranberry sauce.
  • Biscuits. Rolls. Crescent rolls. Forget, fancy sides, just toss some rolls in the oven.
  • 47 states want their sides carby, cheesy, potato-y and delicious. Only 3 are reaching for veggies more.

How We Figured This Out

Using Google Trends, we determined what Thanksgiving side each state eats a disproportionate amount of. We examined over 20 Thanksgiving classics. From there, we determined what side is searched a disproportionately, high amount.

For example, while Maine eats all the Thanksgiving classics the rest of the country does, the search interest in side salad is excessively higher than the remaining states- making side salads more popular in Maine than anywhere else.

Some controversial decisions were made, including counting gravy as a side. However, since it’s not a main dish and hopefully isn’t being consumed as a beverage, our hands were tied. Sorry if your family has an uncommon tradition of shrimp cocktails, Red Lobster Cheddar biscuits, or whatever oddity for Turkey day.

Your family is weird, and didn’t fall into our data. However, it should be a good representation on what most of us chow down on at Thanksgiving.

We looked at the month of November 2019 to determine what folks are searching for the most in each state. Traffic for most Thanksgiving sides sky rockets on Thanksgiving day (Turns out, when you’re googling “how to make mashed potatoes”, so it most of America.)

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How this year changes (if it does) won’t be apparent until after Thanksgiving- and who wants to wait that long? Luckily, odds are good most of us will still be making mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, and other favorites this year– and probably in 2050, too.

Have A Happy Mashed Potato Day!

Let’s be real, Thanksgiving turkey isn’t always that great.

We’ve all been forced to choke down a dry turkey, murmuring, “This is great,” to the chef. Or had to wait hours for the turkey to be done.

Shoot, cooking a turkey is such a wild card, ham or another meat is served side by side.

So, let’s give recognition to where it’s deserved- the sides. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, and more are the real heroes of the day.

The best part? You don’t have to choose just one. So pile your plate high with green bean casserole and rolls, maybe some cranberry sauce too. Put it right over the turkey, why don’t you, and just enjoy.

Each State’s Favorite Thanksgiving Side

State Side
Alabama Dressing
Alaska Hashbrown casserole
Arizona Green bean casserole
Arkansas White Gravy
California Mashed Potatoes
Colorado Mashed Potatoes
Connecticut Mashed Potatoes
Delaware Mac And Cheese
District of Columbia Mac And Cheese
Florida Sweet Potato Casserole
Georgia Mac And Cheese
Hawaii Turkey gravy
Idaho Green bean casserole
Illinois Mashed Potatoes
Indiana Deviled Eggs
Iowa Corn
Kansas Cream Corn
Kentucky Broccoli Casserole
Louisiana Cornbread Dressing
Maine Side Salad
Maryland Mac And Cheese
Massachusetts Stuffing
Michigan Green bean casserole
Minnesota Mashed Potatoes
Mississippi Baked Sweet Potatoes
Missouri Rolls
Montana Mashed Potatoes
Nebraska Green bean casserole
Nevada Mashed Potatoes
New Hampshire Cranberry Sauce
New Jersey Stuffing
New Mexico Green bean casserole
New York Stuffing
North Carolina Mac And Cheese
North Dakota Mashed Potatoes
Ohio Green bean casserole
Oklahoma Rolls
Oregon Biscuits
Pennsylvania Stuffing
Rhode Island Stuffing
South Carolina Mac And Cheese
South Dakota Crescent Rolls
Tennessee Sweet Potato Casserole
Texas Green bean casserole
Utah Rolls
Vermont Stuffing
Virginia Mac And Cheese
Washington Mashed Potatoes
West Virginia Rolls
Wisconsin Mashed Potatoes
Wyoming Brown Gravy

Kathy Morris

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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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