On Tuesday, President Obama will report to Congress on the condition of the country. But over the weekend, we got another taste of the state of the Union through Google.
Thanks to the Twitter account @Amazing_Maps, we now have an idea of how the Internet stereotypes all 50 U.S. states. When a search phrase like "Why is Illinois so..." is typed into Google, the search engine autocompletes the sentence with the word that people most commonly write in the search bar next. In this way, Google autocomplete may reveal the deeply held assumptions the public holds about a state.
In the case of Illinois, the result was "corrupt." Clearly, the Rod Blagojevich scandal has made an impact. @Amazing_Maps found the autocompleted phrases for all 50 states.
Google autocomplete results: "Why is [state] so..." pic.twitter.com/0IaMva8sji
— Amazing Maps (@Amazing_Maps) January 25, 2014
Apart from Ohio, which was dubbed "important" presumably because of its influence as a swing state in presidential elections, and Oregon ("good") or Colorado ("fit"), it's hard to call any of theses results a compliment. Nebraska is apparently "boring." Georgia is "backwards." Pennsylvania is "haunted." Rents in California, New York, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Alaska (!?!) have people thinking those states are too "expensive." A good few (South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia) were autocompleted as "poor."
[h/t The Wire]
CORRECTION: The original version of this article stated that no state was labeled "rich" on the map. Maryland received that label.