Can We Guess Which State You Grew Up In?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Growing up in a place shapes a person the way a sculptor shapes clay. Some states are unforgiving and wild, encouraging rugged individualism. Some states sport huge urban areas where men and women of all stripes rub elbows, encouraging pluralism and tolerance. Still, other states are defined by their coasts, vast expanses of the sea that instill a sense of wonder and respect.

Each state has a unique combination of characteristics, like food, popular music, and how people get from place to place. A state is a lifestyle, from where and how you shop, to what sport you follow and what team you favor. A home state is a state of mind more than anything else; a lens through which we see the world and judge what happens in it. People who grew up in the countryside feel the value of wide open spaces and people who grow up in dense urban environments know that it is possible to be surrounded and anonymous all at the same time.

Answer a few questions for us, and we will triangulate the location of your home state from your vernacular, your tastes, your loyalties, and your lifestyle. We will predict the identity of your home state!

Why would an elderly person visit your state?

What sport is your favorite?

What season is your favorite?

What's the sort of weird news that comes out of your home state?

What's the most popular kind of car where you come from?

What do people typically wear on their feet in your home state?

What's the most common theme to colleges in your home state?

When do tourists typically visit your home state?

Does your home state's geography vary much?

What is the most major city in your state known for?

When is the nicest time to visit your home state?

What's the nightlife in your home state like?

What is the most common preconception about your state by people who move there?

What's the most common reason people move out of your state?

What sort of TV show might be made about your home state?

How would you describe the most notable stylish touch your state is known for?

Who conforms closest to the public perception of your home state?

What's your favorite fast food joint?

What's your idea of Italian food?

Is there dim sum where you come from?

Why would a young person visit your state on spring break?

How spread out is your state?

What sport can someone not take part in where you come from?

Why would you leave your home state?

Who is a famous current resident of your state?

How healthy is the native cuisine in your home state?

How would you describe the native accent of your home state?

What sort of drivetrain do most people have in your home state?

If you moved away from your home state, and so did all the people you know and love, would you bother going back there?

What industry is your home state known for?

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