Where are all the nerds?
Well, not near the Atlantic or Gulf waters. Utah and Alaska are the states where you’ll find most of the nerds, if a study by house-shopping Website Estately has any validity.
According to Estately, “rural western states are prime habitat for nerds.” And, of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, my home state of Georgia ranks 48. For comparison, Frank J. lives in Idaho, the number four state on the Nerd List, and Harvey lives in Wisconsin, the number 14 state.
How do they rank the states? Here’s what they say they did:
To do this, we analyzed Facebook data for every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to determine the percentage of users who listed these 12 criteria as interests:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Harry Potter
- Star Wars
- Anime Movies
- Dungeons & Dragons
- LARPing (Live Action Role-Playing)
- Doctor Who
- Fantasy Lit
- Lord of the Rings
- Magic: The Gathering
- Comic Books
Now, looking at that criteria, I’m wondering if I know what a nerd really is. I’ve always thought of myself as a nerd, and, maybe for Georgia, I am. But if this is the criteria, I’m not so sure.
Star Trek Next Generation? Well, I like the original Star Trek better. Star Wars? Well, the first three movies (Episode IV, V, VI) were good. And, the sixth one (Episode III) was almost good. Almost. And, of course, I like Doctor Who, but I’m still a little new to the whole Who thing, and I’ve not seen any of the new shows (2005 and later). The rest of that stuff on the list? That’s not me. That’s not even close.
So, maybe I’m not as nerdy as I thought. Or, maybe the study if flawed.
But, let me take a couple of issues with some of the conclusions the study reached.
The South is a virtual nerd desert…
Look at the map.
It’s not exactly “the South” that is Nerd Hell. It’s all the states that touch the Gulf and Atlantic, excepting Maine (I blame Canada, which surrounds half of Maine), New Hampshire (only 13 miles of coastline, and bordering Maine), and Rhode Island (why is that even a state?). It’s the Atlantic/Gulf waters that drive Nerds away. I didn’t even get in to Doctor Who until I moved 200 miles across the state away from the Atlantic.
I was a little surprised that Georgia ranked so low (48) yet West Virginia (10) and Kentucky (7) ranked higher. Never figured Boyd Crowder was that much into Cosplay.
Looking at the map, what do you think? Is it accurate? Or is the study flawed?
Where are the nerdiest places? And what makes them that way?