The Most Caffeinated States

By Kathy Morris - Apr. 14, 2021

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It could be a Monday morning, or maybe just another painfully long meeting that has you reaching for your coffee mug.

Whatever the reason, sometimes you just need some caffeine.

Workers across the US know that while it’s 5 0’clock somewhere….all day is fair game for some caffeinated beverages.

It got us thinking, which states are the biggest caffeine fiends? We looked at coffee and soda consumption, along with google searches to find the most caffeinated states.

Our Most Interesting Findings

  • Vermont is the most caffeinated state in the US. Does maple syrup have caffeine?
  • Oregon searches “coffee near me” more than any other state.
  • While cold weather might tempt you to drink a hot coffee more, overall caffeine consumption is not tied to north or south.
  • On average New Mexico residents drink 2.4 cups of coffee a day- more than anywhere else.
  • 48% of Mississippians drink a soda or sugary juice every day.
  • The least caffeinated state is Delaware.

Most Caffeinated States

  1. Vermont
  2. Arizona
  3. Colorado
  4. New Mexico
  5. Hawaii
  6. Idaho
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Oregon
  9. Kansas
  10. Iowa

Least Caffeinated States

  1. Delaware
  2. Maryland
  3. Georgia
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Nebraska
  8. Virginia
  9. Arkansas
  10. Michigan

Scroll to the bottom to see the list of all 50 states, from caffeinated to least.

How We Determined This

We looked at three simple factors to determine the most caffeinated states.
1. The average cups of coffee drank daily in each state
2. Percent of residents who drink soda/sugary juices daily
3. Google searches for “coffee near me”

The first data point comes from a survey we conducted on coffee consumption. The amount of coffee drank was averaged out per state and per number of respondents. Since the answer was in brackets, the lowest amount was always assumed. Meaning if someone replied they drink “2 to 3 cups” of coffee daily, it would be assumed they drank 2 rather than 3 or 2.5.

We then turned to the CDC to find out the percent of residents who drink soda and sugary juices daily. While juice does not have caffeine, we were unable to separate the two. However, it does beg the question, is caffeineless juice really worth it? But I digress.

Finally, we turned to ol’ reliable Google search trends. The more people in each state who googled “coffee near me”, the more caffeine driven the state.

Each of these criteria was ranked and equally averaged together to produce the most caffeinated states.

It’s Okay, Caffeine is a pretty socially accepted drug

We’re not a medical site, so we can’t say whether or not you’re drinking too much caffeine.

However, we are a work site. So I feel fairly confident that your morning cup of coffee or afternoon vending machine trek probably isn’t raising any eyebrows.

You can literally have a coffee mug that says “addicted to caffeine” and most people will just smile.

For better or worse, caffeine is workers’ go juice they use to power through the day– and sometimes consume extra to power through particularly unpleasant parts of their job.

All states, from most caffeinated to least

Rank Stat
1 Vermont
2 Arizona
2 Colorado
2 New Mexico
5 Hawaii
6 Idaho
6 Rhode Island
8 Oregon
9 Kansas
10 Iowa
10 Oklahoma
12 North Carolina
13 Mississippi
14 Maine
14 Minnesota
16 Indiana
16 New Hampshire
18 Louisiana
19 Missouri
19 Washington
21 Alabama
22 Ohio
23 South Carolina
24 Wyoming
25 Massachusetts
25 Montana
27 Connecticut
28 Utah
29 California
30 Tennessee
31 West Virginia
32 Alaska
33 Wisconsin
34 Kentucky
35 Illinois
36 South Dakota
37 Florida
37 Nevada
37 Texas
40 North Dakota
41 Arkansas
41 Michigan
43 Virginia
44 Nebraska
45 New York
45 Pennsylvania
47 New Jersey
48 Georgia
49 Maryland
50 Delaware

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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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