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How Good Are You at Locating States on a Map?

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A new study revealed that the average Americans seriously lack geographical knowledge, as they have trouble finding the location of US states.

Data analysts at Deskup tracked searches using Google Trends for the phrases “Where is [state] on the map” and “Where is [state] located” to see if residents struggle to find the location of states.

Maine lands surprisingly at the seventh spot on the list. The main reason, according to the study, could be its position at the far eastern edge of the nation, potentially making it less familiar to Americans compared to states located in the center of the country.

Hawaii is the trickiest state for Americans to find and Alaska, the largest state by area in the US, takes the second spot. Georgia seems to be the least difficult state for Americans to pinpoint.

Here’s the full list of US states that Americans struggle to find, ranked from most challenging to least challenging:

Rank

States

Index Score

1

Hawaii

97.40

2

Alaska

29.87

3

Vermont

23.33

4

Delaware

18.65

5

Nevada

15.57

6

New Mexico

15.27

7

Maine

13.79

8

Maryland

12.86

9

Wyoming

12.58

10

Washington

10.67

11

Rhode Island

10.48

12

Florida

10.33

13

New Hampshire

10.00

14

Massachusetts

9.30

15

Idaho

9.30

16

South Dakota

8.75

17

Minnesota

8.56

18

Wisconsin

8.48

19

Utah

8.44

20

Louisiana

8.30

21

Kansas

8.16

22

Oregon

8.16

23

Missouri

8.12

24

Montana

7.20

25

North Carolina

7.02

26

Texas

6.04

27

Oklahoma

5.93

28

Colorado

5.74

29

Virginia

5.70

30

Tennessee

4.86

31

Pennsylvania

4.83

32

Michigan

4.56

33

Illinois

4.18

34

Arizona

4.17

35

New York

4.07

36

Nebraska

4.05

37

Iowa

3.92

38

West Virginia

3.84

39

North Dakota

3.69

40

Connecticut

3.52

41

Kentucky

3.45

42

Ohio

3.39

43

South Carolina

3.10

44

Mississippi

2.91

45

Indiana

2.67

46

California

2.63

47

Alabama

2.31

48

Arkansas

2.29

49

New Jersey

0.85

50

Georgia

0.42

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