That’s what the Movoto Real Estate Blog decided to find out. We checked everyone’s favorite social media site, Facebook, and looked at what percent of the population of each state (based on 2010 U.S. Census data) “Liked” their home state.
From there, we were able to rank the proudest states in the nation. Those very prideful states were:
Surprised Texas isn’t No. 1? We were too. But Ohio reigned supreme in the realm of state pride.
Let’s look more in depth at just how well each of these places fared in this Facebook faceoff between the states.
1. Ohio: They’re Oh So High On State Pride
A truly stunning 55 percent of Ohioans have Liked the Buckeye state on Facebook, and are happy to brag about where they call home.
Oh, and remind us never to insult Ohio. Ever.
2. New Mexico: Where Hometown Love Is Nothing New
Who knew that New Mexico was so proud? Well… probably New Mexicans, but that’s besides the point.
More than 48 percent of folks who live in New Mexico has thrown up a Like like for it on Facebook, so don’t be surprised if locals won’t stop talking about how awesome their state is.
3. Alaska: It May Be Cold, But Locals Know They’re Cool
It’s a bit chilly up there, but that doesn’t mean locals aren’t burning with pride for their state.
All that natural beauty has obviously had an impact in making this a proud state. In fact, more than 43 percent of Alaskans are proud to Like their state for all the Internet to see.
4. Maine: For State Pride, It Must Be Maine
If you ever feel like questioning a Maine native’s hometown loyalty, don’t. Seriously, it’s just a bad plan.
The locals here love this place so much that over 36 percent of them have Liked the state on Facebook. Do you really want to question that sort of pride?
5. Utah: Life And Likes Elevated
Utah is beautiful, homey, and the people who live there aren’t afraid to brag about how good they have it.
More than 34 percent of those who call this place home also call it awesome on their favorite social network. Don’t ask a local how great their state is; they’ll likely never stop talking.
6. Montana: Big Pride Country
Sure they have big sky, but there’s also big love to be had out in the great state of Montana.
It’s a smaller place, with not even a million people to call it home, but almost a third of those were happy enough with their state to proclaim it publicly.
7. Vermont: People Love Their State Here, Naturally
The people who live in Vermont definitely have a lot of pride and loyalty for their state.
Don’t believe it? Just check out Facebook sometime, where almost 32 percent of locals have their state Liked. Come on, the place birthed Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, so can you really blame them?
8. Colorado: Enter A Higher “Like” Rate
If you want some serious beauty and some serious loyalty, look no further than Colorado.
Around a third of the over five million people who call the state home have Liked it on Facebook. If you’re wondering why, just take a tour of the state sometime, and be prepared to fall in love.
9. Texas: Yeah, Definitely Don’t Mess With Texas
If you’re surprised to see this state on the list, then you obviously have never been to Texas.
Some are so proud that they think the place should be its own country, and almost a third of the population is at least willing to show their pride in the way of a Facebook Like.
The only surprise here should be that this place wasn’t No. 1.
10. Wyoming: Like No Place On Earth, And Proud Of It
It might be 10th on our list, but Wyoming certainly knows how to bring the pride.
Almost 31 percent of the population here has proclaimed their state loyalty on Facebook, and they’ll probably proclaim it face to face too, if you ask. Or maybe even if you don’t ask.
Face it, Wyoming locals are itching to tell you just how proud they are of their state.
You’ve Got Spirit, C’mon Let’s Hear It
While each of the 50 states definitely has their diehard supporters who will foam at the mouth if you ever even accidentally insult their home, these top 10 are simply prouder than the rest. You can see how all the states ranked below.
We’re sure you’re proud of your state too (we’ll probably find out how much in the comments) and locals of these top states should hold their heads high and be unafraid to say how much they love their state. As you can see, they’re in good—and abundant—company.