The States Most Like A Country Song

By Kathy Morris - Jan. 22, 2021

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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

  1. Idaho
  2. Nevada
  3. New Mexico
  4. Oregon
  5. Missouri
  6. Montana
  7. North Dakota
  8. Wyoming
  9. Arkansas
  10. South Dakota

10 Least Country States

  1. New York
  2. New Jersey
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Connecticut
  5. Illinois
  6. Maryland
  7. California
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. South Carolina
  10. Ohio

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.

Unfortunately, our data only covered the continental US and excludes Hawaii and Alaska. However, the remaining 48 states were ranked equally.

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
1 Idaho 42 2 1.35% 21
2 Nevada 37 3 1.41% 27
3 New Mexico 46 2 1.38% 17
4 Oregon 38 2 1.33% 43
5 Missouri 45 2 1.32% 88
6 Montana 41 3 1.07% 7
7 North Dakota 36 3 1.15% 11
8 Wyoming 38 2 1.12% 5
9 Arkansas 47 1 1.43% 57
10 South Dakota 42 2 0.94% 11
11 Colorado 42 2 1.04% 54
12 Texas 44 2 1.24% 109
13 Oklahoma 43 1 1.40% 57
14 Mississippi 45 2 1.17% 63
15 Arizona 40 2 1.20% 63
16 Kentucky 45 1 1.33% 112
17 Delaware 33 3 1.52% 495
18 Vermont 37 3 0.99% 67
19 Alabama 44 2 1.28% 96
20 Tennessee 44 2 1.31% 164
21 West Virginia 45 1 1.20% 75
22 Louisiana 36 2 1.15% 107
23 Indiana 39 2 1.37% 186
24 Kansas 42 1 1.14% 35
25 Maine 34 2 0.86% 43
26 Florida 35 2 1.23% 395
27 Georgia 40 1 1.30% 181
28 Nebraska 33 2 0.97% 25
29 Wisconsin 33 2 0.92% 107
30 Minnesota 31 2 0.96% 70
31 North Carolina 40 2 1.16% 213
32 Michigan 34 2 1.14% 176
33 Washington 36 2 1.09% 113
34 Iowa 33 2 0.92% 56
35 New Hampshire 30 4 0.88% 151
36 Virginia 35 2 1.17% 215
37 Rhode Island 29 2 1.27% 1,011
38 Utah 29 1 1.16% 38
39 Ohio 36 2 1.16% 285
40 South Carolina 38 2 0.93% 168
41 Pennsylvania 32 2 0.96% 285
42 California 32 2 0.97% 253
43 Maryland 30 2 1.19% 618
44 Illinois 32 2 0.94% 229
45 Connecticut 28 2 1.09% 737
46 Massachusetts 23 2 0.95% 880
47 New Jersey 32 2 0.84% 1,201
48 New York 29 2 0.93% 413

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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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