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Some of ya’ll city slickers sure like big, bustling cities.
But ya’ll might just be overlooking the sweet, simplicity of popping open a cold one on some country acres, a dog at your feet and some good tunes playing from the radio. What’s playing? Country music, of course.
It got us to thinking…where in the US is most like a country song? Sure, it’d be easy to assume it’s in the South, but as the poet Brantley Gilbert once said, “in every state there’s a station playing Cash, Hank, Willie Waylon.”
So we set out, using common lyrics and themes to find where country music isn’t just a song– it’s a way of life.
Most Interesting Findings
- The west dominates the list for places most like a country song.
- What pushes the west to the top? All of the acreage they have for Barefoot Bluejean Nights.
- Arkansas has more dog owners than almost anywhere else. A fluffy, tail wagging 48% of households own a dog.
- Where are people tossing back the most Red Solo Cups and singing Whiskey Lullabies? New Hampshire! Apparently, people are drinking an impressive (or concerning…) 4.8 gallons of alcohol each year.
- What Hurts The Most in Delaware, Arkansas, and Nevada? The high divorce rates! I wonder if that’s the reason for the Teardops On Their Guitar?
- The Northeast and a handful of coastal states (cough, California and New York) just don’t get it– they’re some of the least Country states in the US
10 Most Country States
10 Least Country States
- New York
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
How We Figured This One Out
What happens when you play a country song backwards? Your wife comes back, you find your dog, and your beer is full!
Using this witticisms, we looked into gallons of alcohol consumption (using data from ), the percent of households that own a dog (American Veterinary Medical Association), and the percent of married couples that divorced last year from the ACS Census.
Of course, perhaps the biggest theme in country music is the way of live– and having the space and freedom to live as you choose.
Using this vibe, we added population density (once again using data from the Census, to find the amount of people per square mile). While we can’t guarantee these are the states with the most bon fires and people driving trucks down dirt roads, they certainly have the space to.
These States Walk The Line
The Devil may have went down to Georgia, and the song Sweet Home, Alabama may be something of an anthem, but as you can see on the map, the west is where country songs reign supreme.
Where doesn’t appreciate the twang and strum of a guitar? The Northeast, with quite a few coastal states joining their ranks. Oh well, more tequila and acres for the rest of us!
You can see a full breakdown on our data below:
States Most Like A Country Song
|Rank||State||Dog Owners (%)||Alcohol Consumption (Gallons)||Divorce||People Per Sq Mile|
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