Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!
The chant from the 1984 classic “Revenge of the Nerds” seems appropriate for Washington state, according to a new ranking by real estate website Estately.com. It has ranked Washington as one of the nerdiest states in the country.
Estately says it ranked Facebook data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the percentage of users who listed the following 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
Utah finished on top of the list in the region Estately calls “Nerd Paradise.” It ranked No. 1 in six of the 12 categories.
Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado round out the top five.
Washington came in sixth. Estately writes:
"Given that Microsoft and numerous other tech companies are headquartered there, it’s no surprise Washington state is a beacon for nerds. In fact, it’s only a matter of time until most Washington companies drop Casual Fridays for Cosplay Fridays. In addition to programming prowess, Washington state residents are passionate about Lord of the Rings—2nd highest in the country. It’s actually a little surprising there aren’t more local children named Frodo, Legolas, and Gandalf."
Washington, D.C. finished last on the list.