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25 Reasons Washington Is Better Than Oregon


What is it about Washington state that makes it superior to its neighbor to the south? Could it be its residents dashing good looks, superior hygiene, or ability to commune with wild animals. It’s all those things and (at least) 25 more…

1. Oregon has WAY more shark attacks


Think all sea water is created equal? Not when it comes to shark attacks. The Compared to Washington, the state of Oregon is practically the movie Jaws, with 29 times more shark attacks. You swim with more than the fishes when you take to the water in Oregon.

2. People make more money in Washington


The median household income in Washington is $59,478—considerably more than Oregon’s $50,229. With the additional $9,249 in annual salary a Washington resident could buy an awesome Metallica pinball machine on ebay every single year!

3. Washington residents live longer


Residents of Washington live an average of 79.9 years, while Oregon residents live 79.5 years. It doesn’t sound like much, but it probably depends on how you’d spend those extra five months of life.

4. Batman is from Washington


Did you know actor Adam West is from Walla Walla? Did you know he attended Lakeside High School and Whitman College, and that he turned down the role of James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever?

5. Oregon drivers hit more deer


The odds of colliding with a deer in Washington are 1 in 372. In Oregon, which has over 10,000 collisions each year, the odds are 1 in 263. Bambi is an Oregon road menace.

6. Oregon once banned ice cream


It’s illegal to sell ice cream on a Sunday in Oregon, and while that law is not enforced you still have to be wary of a state that thought that was reasonable at any time.

7. Washington makes beer possible


Oregon’s identity is wrapped up in craft beers, but our nation’s beer supply is far more indebted to Washington than Oregon. While it’s true Oregon both drinks and produces more craft beer, Washington grows six times more hops and three times more barley. In fact, Washington hops once saved Europe’s beer supply after an aphid infestation in the 1880s.

8. Washington’s name is better


There’s much debate about the name “Oregon,” but essentially it originated in some early explorer’s mispronunciation or misspelling of a word related to the turbulent nature of the Columbia River. The name “Washington” represents President George Washington, the first president, a founding father, and famed general who unleashed a severe can of whoop ass on their British overlords.

9. Electricity is cheaper in Washington


Oregonians pay more to leave the lights on than their neighbors to the north. Electricity costs 6.94 cents per killowatt-hour in Washington, which is 1.27 less than what Oregon residents pay.

10. Washington is better at football


There are 21 players in National Football League from Washington, but only 12 from Oregon. And before bragging about University of Oregon’s dominant football team it’s important to keep in mind just 21 of its players are even from Oregon (15 for OSU). In Washington, UW’s football team fields 35 players from within the state, and WSU can boast 36. .

11. Car insurance is cheaper in Washington


You will save money on your car insurance by living in Washington. The average yearly car insurance prices in the Evergreen State are $1,110—that’s $101 less than in Oregon.

12. Washingtonians are more generous


What do Washington residents do with all the money they save on car insurance? It appears they give it to charity. Washington residents donate 3.08% of their total adjusted gross income to charity—23rd most in the county. Oregon’s donates 2.88%—31st in the country.

13. Washington has better tippers


According to Square, which studied millions of transactions, Washington residents are not only more likely to tip than Oregon residents, but they also tip at a higher percentage.

14. Cheaper energy in Washington


Washington’s energy prices are the second cheapest in the country, while Oregon comes in 14th. While Oregon does have cheaper natural gas, Washington has cheaper gasoline and electricity.

15. Washington has more mollusks


Lovers of fresh bivalves harvested from the sea (clams, mussels, oysters, geoducks, scallops, etc.) will find true happiness in Washington state. According to the USDA, Washington state harvests over $92 million worth of mollusks each year, whereas Oregon produces just over $6 million. They don’t call Washington state “Heaven on the Half Shell” for nothing.

16. Washington has more organic farms


Both states are serious about being organic, but Washington has 35% more organic farms certified by the USDA than Oregon does.

17. More Justin Bieber fans in Oregon


Oregon has little love for maligned man child Justin Bieber (second fewest overall), but no state or Canadian province reviles this crooning kid as much as Washington residents.

18. Oregon more dependent on Uncle Sam


Nobody wants to be dependent on The Man, but every state relies on the Federal Government to some extent. In a study by Wallet Hub, Washington was the 19th least-dependent state on the Feds, while Oregon was ranked 27th.

19. More divorces in Oregon


Statistically speaking, Washington marriages seem to have better odds than Oregon ones. 13.4% of Oregon residents are divorced—the fourth highest percentage in the country. Washington’s rate is 12.3%, which is tied for 20th.

20. Washington has more college grads


Nearly 32% of Washington residents have a Bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree (12th highest), while in Oregon it’s 29.3% (18th highest). Perhaps this is also why there are 2% more people in Washington with student loan debt, although their debt is slightly lower than Oregon residents.

21. Teachers paid more in Washington


Teachers are underpaid across the country, but they do start out with a better salary in Washington than in Oregon. The Evergreen State pays first year teachers $36,355, which is nearly $3,000 more than they’d get in Oregon.

22. Washington makes more wine


Oregon may be famous for its Pinot Noir, but Washington still produces 4.3 times more wine than Oregon does. In fact, Washington produces more wine than any state, but California. Oregon produces less than even New York and Pennsylvania.

23. Washington kids are more vaccinated


According to the CDC, 70.8% of Washington children aged 19-35 months have received combined vaccine series (MMR, DTaP, Hep B, Hep A, Rotavirus), while Oregon’s vaccination rate is 66.6%. Both of these are lower than Mississippi, which is a virtual dumpster fire when it comes to nearly all health statistics.

24. Washington legalized same-sex marriage first


In 2012, voters in Washington state voted to legalize same-sex marriage and the first marriage licenses were issued on December 9. In Oregon, it required a court order in 2014 to fully legalize it throughout the state. However, the 21st century was well underway when these milestones finally happened so maybe no state should be patting itself on the back too hard.

25. Oregon sells more tobacco to kids


According to a report by the SAMHSA, 22.5% of tobacco retailers were found to sell tobacco products to minors, the highest rate in the country. Washington had the fourth highest rate—15.6%.

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25 Reasons Oregon Is Better Than Washington


What is it about Oregon that makes it superior to its neighbor to the north? Could it be the state’s incredible popularity, vastly superior craft beers, or their residents’ far sexier bodies? It’s all those things and (at least) 25 more…

1. Thanks for the Nutella fix, Oregon


Oregon produces 95% of America’s hazelnuts, the primary ingredient in Nutella®. Healthy and delicious hazelnuts is loaded with manganese, copper, vitamin E, thiamine, and magnesium. Plus, you can even call them “filberts.”

2. Kaitlin Olson’s from Oregon


Hilarious comedic actress Kaitlin Olson, who plays Sweet Dee on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, grew up in Oregon.

3. More goats in Oregon


Washington may have more people, but Oregon has more goats—nearly 18% more. That means Oregon has more friendly, adorable goats, as well as hilarious goat videos!

4. Unemployment higher in Washington


The unemployment rate in Washington state is 6.3%, while Oregon’s is 5.8%.

5. Oregonians have sexier bodies


How else can you explain why thousands of shamelessly naked Oregonians ride their bikes around Portland once a year, whereas only hundreds do so in Seattle?

6. Oregon invented* the corndog


Some dispute the claim the corndog was invented in Oregon, but everyone can agree Oregon was home to one of its first incarnations. At a minimum, the state has taken it to new heights, including being the spot where National Corndog Day was invented and is celebrated.

7. Oregon has the greatest American bookstore


Oregon is famous for Powell’s Books, which is what independent bookstores dream of becoming when they grow up. Washington is famous for Amazon.com, which many claim is pushing hundreds of independent bookstores out of business.

8. HEY, YOU GUYS!!!!


You know who’s from Oregon? A bunch of young crime fighters who would never say “die.” That’s right, The Goonies! They’re like a young A-Team from Astoria.

9. Oregon’s beaches are public


Oregon law states the public has access to all of the state’s beaches, while Washington’s beaches are a confusing patchwork of different ownerships.

10. Ample hunting land / Better odds for deer


Thanks to an abundance of federal land, nearly 57% of Oregon is open to hunting—5th most in the country. That means there are approximately 9.1 acres per person to hunt. In Washington, only 31.7% of state open for hunting, and there are only 2.0 acres of hunting land per person. With more are to hide in Oregon, this also means small woodland creatures have a greater chance of survival in Oregon.

11. Wiffle Ball stamina


The longest Wiffle Ball game took place in Medford and lasted nearly 26 hours. Not only does that prove Oregon is adept at hitting a hanging curveball, but it’s also a Guinness World Record.

12. Washington watches 20% more porn


According to a study by Porn hub, Oregon watches less porn than its neighbor to the north. Oregon has the 17th lowest number of porn pageviews in the country. Washingtonians have to clear their browser history more often since they have the 11th most.

13. Lower taxes for most in Oregon


Washington has no income tax and Oregon does, so it seems like it’d save you money to live in Washington. That’s true if you’re in the 15% of households who make more than $103,000, but if you’re in the majority you’ll actually pay a higher percentage of your income towards taxes in Washington. This is because The Evergreen State, which is largely dependent on sales tax for revenue, has the most regressive tax system in America. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the poorest 20% of Washington residents pay a whopping 16.8% of their income in taxes (8.1% in Oregon), where as the richest 1% pay just 2.4% (6.5% in Oregon).

14. Washingtonians are worse on social media


It’s not that Washington residents aren’t good people, it’s just that they can’t shut up about it on social media. According to a Harvard University study 76% of Washington’s polled said they boast and make self-promotional posts on social media—second only to California. Oregon, on the other hand, was the second most humble, with only 26% of those surveyed saying they brag on social media.

15. Oregon’s got more women


While Oregon has 0.3% less women than the national average, it has 0.5% more than the sausage party that is Washington state. Perhaps this is why there are far more Google searches for “mail order bride” in Washington than in Oregon (that’s a fact).

16. Washington is a giant traffic jam


Seattle traffic is so maddeningly horrible there’s no way to describe it without extensive use of profanity. However, even outside the state’s primary city Washington still has worse traffic than Oregon. The average Washington resident spends two additional workdays per year simply commuting.

17. James Beard is an Oregon legend


Oregon has lately been at the forefront of a number of food trends, but this is nothing new. The state was home to culinary legend James Beard, The Father of Gastronomy. He got his start celebrating the Oregon’s fresh berries and seafood (amongst other things), went onto to befriend Julia Child, and eventually became a culinary icon. The James Beard Foundation Awards are named in his honor.

18. Fewer auto thefts in Oregon


Washington has quickly become a haven for car thieves, recording the second highest rate in the country—407.4 per 100,000 people. Oregon is ranked 11th, with nearly 39% fewer auto thefts than Washington.

19. Oregon still has an NBA team


Someday the NBA will return to Seattle and the I-5 rivalry between the Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trailblazers will pick up where it left off. Until then, Oregon’s the state with an NBA team and Washington’s the state with a whole in its chest from where its heart was ripped out.

20. Oregon is the U.S. Craft Beer Capital


Oregon has more craft breweries per capita than any other state (6.3 per 100,000), and far more than Washington’s 4 per 100,000. On top of, the average Oregon resident over 21 years of age drinks 9.4 gallons of craft beer per year, far more than Washington’s minuscule 2 gallons. Oregon is also the most economically dependent on craft beer, and produces nearly three times as much as Washington.

21. Less cancer in Oregon


For the years 2007-2011, Washington state had the 18th highest cancer rate in the country (479.4 invasive cancer incidence rate per 100,000), while Oregon has the 16th lowest (461.0 incidents per 100,000).

22. More Washingtonians want out


In a recent Gallup poll, 23% of Oregonians said they would like to move to another state—fourth lowest in the country. Washington ranked  25th, with 32% of residents saying they would like to move out of state. And where are they moving?

23. Everyone is moving to Oregon


According to a study by United Van Lines, Oregon has the most inbound moves in the country, with 66% of moves being inbound. Washington’s inbound/outbound numbers were balanced. Also, 4% of Washington residents are originally from Oregon, whereas 5% of Oregon residents are from Washington.

24. Washingtonians can’t shut up about CrossFit


CrossFit is one of the most popular workouts in America, but its devotees can’t go more than a few minutes without talking about it. This problem is especially bad in Washington, which is the fifth most enthusiastic state when it comes to the fitness fad. Oregon is ranked 12th, but they talk about it far less on Facebook than Washington does.

25. Washingtonians see some weird stuff


Either Washington state residents hallucinate like crazy, or else they just bump into more UFOs and Sasquatches. Are these sightings real or imagined? The truth is there are 2.5 more reported sightings of both in Washington than in Oregon.

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30 Things You Should Know Before Living In Maine


Located way up there in corner, the state of Maine is one America’s finest 50 states. While some may think it’s a Canadian province inhabited by nothing but lobstermen who wrestle bears and asocial LL Bean factory workers, the truth is much more complicated. Before you consider buying a home and taking up residence in The Pine Tree State there are a few things you should know…

1. The beards are real in Maine


It can be very cold in Maine, particularly if you work in the woods or at sea. Such weather makes flannel shirts and a beard reasonable choices befitting the elements. Men in Maine have done this for centuries, and will continue to do it in the future long after it’s gone out of style in urban areas.

2. It produces very few NFL players


Given the recent spate of NFL players arrested for violent acts and other criminal transgressions you should feel safe living in a state that’s produced only two current NFL players—6th fewest per capita. Not only that, but Vermont’s produced zero and New Hampshire only has one, so you there’s a nice moat protecting Maine from the likes of Aaron Hernandez.

3. Immense beer pong enthusiasm


What Maine lacks in professional athletes it compensates for in enthusiasm for leisure sports involving drinking. Frisbee golf, horseshoes, and cornhole are all popular activities. In addition, the state has the fourth highest level of enthusiasm for beer pong, an activity in which contestants try to bounce a pingpong ball into plastic cups and those who miss are rewarded with cold, refreshing beer.

4. Nerds are welcome


Given the lack of jocks, perhaps it’s not surprising Maine is a haven for nerds. According to an Estately study, Maine is the 13th nerdiest state in the country, and by far the nerdiest on the Eastern Seaboard. Local residents are particularly enthused about Harry Potter (3rd), Dungeons & Dragons (4th), fantasy literature (5th), Lord of the Rings (7th), and Magic: The Gathering (7th).

5. Safety first


If Maine was a high school, it would be the nice one where you don’t get stuffed in a locker or have your lunch money taken. Between 1990-2014 the state it had the lowest rate of violent crime. It really makes watching the local news a lot less depressing as well.

6. Strange laws


One reason the crime is low could be because Maine drops the hammer on even the smallest infractions. It is illegal to leave your holiday decorations up past January 14th. Is this law enforced or just some old, forgotten law still on the books? Before you leave up your lights and inflatable Santa Claus you better ask yourself one question—”Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

7. Cat person paradise


Do you own a sweatshirt with a cat photo printed on the front? Do you crotchet adorable litter box covers for all your feline friends? If so, you will not be alone in Maine. The state was named the #1 State for Cat Lovers for very good reason. It is one of three states with an official state cat (the Maine Coon Cat), it has the second most cat owners—46.4%, and it’s tops for online searches for “cat pics.”

8. It has so many trees


You like trees? Like to hug them? Like to build forts in them? Like to cut them up into 2x4s or mash them up into wood pulp to make toilet paper? Well, then Maine is your state. With 85% forest cover Maine is more forested than any other state in the country.

9. Home to the Umbrella Cover Museum

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When Nancy Hoffman found a half dozen umbrella covers in her closet in 1996 she could have tossed them, but she didn’t. Instead she acquired an additional 700 umbrella covers and became a Guinness Book of World Records holder. Not conte to stop there she went right on ahead and created the one-of-a-kind Umbrella Cover Museum. If this were New Jersey these umbrella covers would have ended up in a landfill. Perhaps this is why New Jersey is mostly landfills and Maine is completely awesome.

10. Low incarceration rate


Going to jail sucks. Bad food, group showers, getting shanked… it’s the pits. However, in Maine very few people go to jail. Maybe it’s because they’re nice people, or maybe it’s because their sentencing guidelines aren’t completely insane? Who knows? Whatever the reason there are six times less people in state or federal prisons in Maine than there are in top state Louisiana.

11. You can be a pickup basketball star


If you like playing pickup basketball, but your skill set is average at best, Maine is your state to be a star. Deadspin geocoded the “hometowns” of 3,802 NBA and ABA from the Basketball Reference database and found not a single player had a hometown in Maine. Given these numbers, it’s possible the state might even lower all the rims to eight feet.

12. Great place for a second marriage


Just because the state lacks basketball skills doesn’t mean there’s no rebounding in Maine. The state has the second highest percentage of divorced people (14.2%), topped only by Nevada’s 14.6%. If your a divorcee living in New Jersey (and its minuscule 8.6% divorce rate), you might feel like there’s a lack of singles available. Perhaps it’s time to mosey on up north to meet the man or woman of your dreams somewhere amongst the pine forests.

13. Famous Mainers


Most people know that author Stephen King calls Maine home, but do you know who else is from Maine? Actors Judd Nelson and Patrick Dempsey, explorer Robert E. Peary (first to reach the North Pole), and Senator and diplomat George Mitchell all hail from The Pine Tree State. As you can see, the local celebrity population is pretty sparse. Do you think you have what it takes to be Maine’s next celebrity? Does that sound like the worst concept for a reality show ever?

14. Hella potatoes


Maine was once a legendary potato producing state, and while Idaho has since taken the title the fine state of Maine is still #5 in potato production. Not bad at all for a state that’s primarily forest.

15. First to see the sun rise


All Americans should consider themselves lucky to be there when the sun come up each day—the alternative is being dead. People in Maine, thanks to its far eastern location—get to see the sun rise first, well before the rest of the country.

16. So many hippies


In an Estately study of which states have the most hippies Maine came in second, right after crunchy old Vermont. Maine has the fifth most communes, the third most co-ops, and the second most Facebook users expressing interest in the Grateful Dead, Phish, and Bob Dylan.

17. Meaning of Maine’s Flag


“Dirigo” is the state motto, meaning “I lead.” The pine tree is a symbol of New England and the star represents the North Star. The two men are Gary (a farmer) and Lenny (a seamen). They are standing guard to protect the moose from any weirdos sneaking across the border from New Hampshire. About 80% of this description is accurate.

18. Lovers of Democracy


In the 2014 general election Maine had the highest voter turnout of any state. Nearly 55% of registered voters turned in a ballot, which is nearly double that of last place Indiana. In addition to a ribbon for participation, Maine also gets a trophy for its history of supporting moderate candidates of both parties, as well as independents. It also distributes its electoral votes using a Congressional District Method instead of a traditional winner-take-all method.

19. So much good beer


Maine has the fourth most breweries per capita of any state, so there’s no shortage of craft beer to choose from. To put it in perspective, Mississippi has twice as many people as Maine, yet Maine has ten times more breweries. Learn all about them at the Maine Brewers’ Guild or take a beer tour with Maine Beer Tours.

20. Cheapest auto insurance in America


According to Insure.com, Maine residents have the least expensive car insurance in the country—$805 per year. Compare that to those poor suckers in Michigan, whose average car insurance premiums are a whopping $2,476 annually.

21. You’ll have friends with boats


The only thing better than having your own boat is having a friend with a boat. Since Maine has the fifth highest rate of boat ownership the odds of making friends with a boat owner are very high. Be careful though, the state is also tops for boating accidents per capita.

22. Save money by being uncharitable


When it comes to being charitable, Maine keeps its wallet closed tight. The state has the third lowest percentage of charitable contributions in the country—just 2.13% of its adjusted gross income. Still, it’s not as cheap as New Hampshire, which gives a nation worst 1.85%.

23. Facebook humility


Maine is among the most humble of states, at least when it comes to bragging on social media. Just 46% percent of respondents said they boast about themselves on social media—sixth lowest in the country. Compare that to California, where 77% of those polled confessed to bragging and self-promotion on social media.

24. Santa Claus might be coming to town


With the polar ice caps melting it’s only a matter of time before Santa Claus has to relocate. While a bit of a long shot, Maine is the eighth most ideal state for Santa to move to. Maine received high marks due to fantastic reindeer habitat (2nd best), enthusiasm for eggnog (5th best), and expressed Facebook interest in Santa (5th best).

25. Terrifying dreams


It’s no wonder Stephen King, the world’s foremost horror writer, calls Maine home. The subconscious of Maine’s residents is a terrifying place. According to a study by DreamsCloud, a site that helps users find meaning in their dreams, the terms that show up the most in Maine residents’ dream descriptions are screaming, ghost, haunted, laughing, and laugh. If your nightmares consist of running screaming from hysterical clown ghosts then you’ll fit right in here.

26. Clowns in real life


If you think clowns will only appear in your dreams then you better think again. Maine has the second most clowns per capita of any state. When you walk down the street in Maine the clowns walk among you.

27. Land of lobster and pie


Maine is famous for its lobster, but to truly gain insight into its food preferences take a look at the food terms Maine residents Google more than any other state:  pie, chicken pot pie, lobster, lobster roll, butter, chowder, brownies, onion rings, hot cross buns, foraging, and vegetarian recipes. It’s possible that a traditional three-course meal in Maine consists of the lobster course, the pie course, and the dessert course. It’s also possible they just combine them all into one glorious lobster pot pie.

28. Very little barbecue


Fresh seafood is bountiful, but the state is largely barren when it comes to good barbecue. It is the fifth least barbecue-crazed state in the country, earning particularly low marks for barbecue restaurants per capita—47th out of all 50 states. If you’re considering moving to Maine, hopefully it’s because you plan to bring an abundance of smokey ribs and brisket to the people. Please, they are so hungry for good barbecue.

29. Proximity to Canada


There are lots of great things about living right next to Canada—cheap maple syrup, access to poutine, and the believability of your claim to have a Canadian girlfriend or boyfriend. In addition, Maine’s location will be ideal when the United States inevitably runs out of natural resources and invades Canada. Plus, with climate change eventually making the U.S. portion of North America an uninhabitable desert it will be Mainers who get first pick of that choice Newfoundland real estate.

30. Speaking of real estate…


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The Geography of Easter-Themed Google Searches

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The Easter holiday is nearly here, which made us wonder just how American states differ in their interest of the holiday. Estately used Google Trends to determine what Easter and spring-related terms each state searched for more than any other. Clearly for some, Easter is very a religious holiday first a foremost. For others it’s more about decorating eggs and eating candy. A full accounting of the top terms for each state can be found below…

ALABAMA:  Jesus Christ / Easter basket ideas / crucifixion / resurrection of Jesus / Pontius Pilate / Via Dolorosa / Gospel of John

ALASKA:  deviled eggs

ARIZONA:  bunny costume / rabbit meat

ARKANSAS:  Easter cake / Easter history / Easter music / the last supper

CALIFORNIA:  pastel colors / egg peeler / Who framed Roger Rabbit / Eggstravaganza / natural egg dye

COLORADO:  chocolate carrot / pagan Easter

CONNECTICUT:  Easter menu

DELAWARE:  (none)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Easter egg roll

FLORIDA:  Bunny cake

GEORGIA:  Baked ham / baked ham recipe

HAWAII:  lamb recipe / Easter Island / egg sandwich

IDAHO:  egg salad sandwich

ILLINOIS:  Eastertide / egg yolk / Easter Peeps candy

INDIANA:  Dyngus Day / Easter facts / rabbit breeds / Spring / Spring break

IOWA:  Easter recipes / Easter lily / Easter movies

KANSAS:  povitika (eastern European nut roll))

KENTUCKY:  rabbit season / rabbits for sale / What would Jesus do

LOUISIANA:  Ascension of Jesus / When is Easter? / Easter dates / Easter decorations / Easter parade / rabbit recipe

MAINE:  hot cross buns / vernal equinox

MARYLAND:  egg foo yung

MASSACHUSETTS:  Cadbury eggs / Cadbury cream eggs / Easter rising / lamb / Easter vacation / egg allergy / Easter brunch menu

MICHIGAN:  “Easter Wings” (poem) / rabbit stew / When is Lent?

MINNESOTA:  egg / boiled egg / Easter brunch / Is Jesus risen? / What is ham? potica

MISSISSIPPI:  Who is Jesus? / Easter outfits / Pentacost / Playboy bunny

MISSOURI:  Easter jokes / lamb meat

MONTANA:  (none)

NEBRASKA:  Mary Magdalane / Lent

NEVADA:  bunny / rabbit costume / What is lamb? / Easter buffet

NEW HAMPSHIRE:  Easter seals / Easter services

NEW JERSEY:  Cadbury / Bugs Bunny

NEW MEXICO:  (none)

NEW YORK:  Good Friday / Fabergé egg / chocolate Easter bunny / Easter bonnet / Easter Parade (1948 film) / Easter travel / rabbit fur coat

NORTH CAROLINA:  Jelly bean / Easter hymns / Why did Jesus die?

NORTH DAKOTA:  egg salad

OHIO:  Easter bunny pictures / Egg Beaters® / rabbit breeding

OKLAHOMA:  Easter origin / Christ is risen

OREGON:  Noruz (Iranian spring holiday)

PENNSYLVANIA:  Easter Bunny real? / candy egg / Easter candy / Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs / Easter prayer / Pysanka / Peter Cottontail / Easter dinner recipes / Easter food / Easter gifts / Easter traditions / Who killed Jesus? / Easter bread / Italian Easter bread / Ascension Day


SOUTH CAROLINA:  Jesus movies

SOUTH DAKOTA:  Peeps® / ham recipe / Easter games

TENNESSEE:  ham / chocolate bunny / Easter plays / WWJD / Who is Easter? / Judas Iscariot

TEXAS:  pastel, cascarones (confetti-filled egg) / Peter Cottontail lyrics / Do Muslims believe in Jesus? / Easter egg designs / Easter gospel songs / Easter nail art / Easter nails / How to peel an egg / Judas

UTAH:  egg hunt / Easter egg hunt / Easter activities / Easter quotes / Easter treats / The Last Supper (painting)

VERMONT:  carrot / spring equinox / equinox

VIRGINIA:  Paschal candle / huevos / Joseph of Arimathea / Holy Week / Paas®

WASHINGTON:  Chocolate carrot (tie w/ Colorado) / tulips

WEST VIRGINIA:  Easter Bunny / Easter egg / Easter basket / What is Easter? / Easter crafts / Easter dresses / Easter songs / rabbit hunting

WISCONSIN:  Jelly Belly® / The Jelly Belly Company / Easter calendar / Easter egg dye

WYOMING:  (none)


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26 Things You Should Know About Ohio


Home to over 11.6 million people, Ohio has beautiful scenery, modern cities, and a diverse landscape and people. Sure, it rubs up against Kentucky, and it’s NFL teams are allergic to playoff success, but Ohio’s got plenty of upside. However, before you decide to live there and buy a home there are 26 things you should probably know…

Locals swear all the #@%$ing time


According to a study by the Marchex Institute, residents of Ohio swear more than any other state in the country. If you’re offended by four-letter words and potty talk this isn’t the state for you.

Ohio yearns for the 1980s


Are you nostalgic for the days of Swatch watches, Jane Fonda workouts, and time traveling in a DeLorean? If you live in Ohio you will not be alone. Ohio ranks 6th for 1980s nostalgia, especially when it comes to Michael Jackson, Pee-wee Herman, and Van Halen.

They’re very curious about raccoon hunting


Americans universally do some odd stuff on the internet, but there are Google searches that are unique to certain states. For Ohio, residents search for these terms more than any other state:  Raccoon hunting, Weight Watchers, P90X, Libertarian, and Lebron James.

You’ll save money on car insurance


According to Insure.com, Ohio residents have the least expensive car insurance in the country—$926 per year. Compare that to those poor suckers in Michigan whose average car insurance premiums are a whopping $2,551.

It’s illegal to get fish drunk in Ohio


Even if that fish is 21 and just put in a long day at the office, in Ohio it’s still illegal for you to give that fish a beer. Government, man.

So many pro sports teams to root for


Ohio is home to so many professional sports teams it’s hard to decide who to root for:  Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), Cleveland Indians (MLB), Cincinnati Reds (MLB), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Cleveland Rockers (WNBA), Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), and Columbus Crew (MLS).

Beware of douchebags


Estately conducted a highly scientific study of the 100 largest U.S. cities and ranked them based on which ones have the most douchebags. They are abundant in Toledo, which came in 9th. Cincinnati was 36th, Cleveland was 51st, and Columbus was 63rd. While not fantastic, Ohio fared far better than Texas, which had four cities in the top ten.

Wait, it get’s worse…


Looking for a man who doesn’t live in his mom’s basement? Ohio is not the best place. The state is home to the fifth most immature men in America. Local men (ages 25-65) ranked highly for playing video games, watching “Family Guy,” and playing fantasy football and beer pong. This could also be interpreted as being the fifth best state to be a bro.

Extreme enthusiasm for holiday music


If the idea of Christmas carols in September makes you want to puke your guts out then you might want to cross Ohio off your list. According to an AccuRadio study, the Buckeye State logs the fifth most hours of streamed holiday music, proving it has plenty of holiday spirit.

5.1% unemployment rate


As the economy slowly crawls out of the hole it’s been in there are encouraging economic signs. Ohio’s unemployment rate is 5.1%, which ties it for 20th place in the nation. North Dakota is tops with 2.8%, and Nevada and Mississippi are tied for worst at 7.1%.

Crowded for hunters


Ohio does not have an abundance of public lands open to hunting—just 2.5% of the state. On top of that, there are ten hunters for every acre of available public hunting land. That’s bad news for hunters, and really bad news for deer and other woodland creatures.

Few DUI arrests


Ohio has the fifth fewest arrests for drunk driving (OVI) per capita of any state. Perhaps that’s because of harsh penalties, more responsible drinkers, lax enforcement, or some seriously awesome designated drivers.

Lots of Amish


Ohio has more Amish residents than any other state. If you want to make friends with people who can teach you to raise a barn or churn some butter then Ohio is the spot.

Santa might move to Ohio


With the polar ice caps melting it’s only a matter of time before Santa Claus has to relocate. While a bit of a long shot, Ohio is the tenth most ideal state for Santa to move to. Ohio won points because of a strong manufacturing sector and an abundance of cookie stores—third most in America!

Ohioans set all kinds of world records


Track star Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, but he’s just one of many Ohio residents who’ve set world records. Locally set world records include the  longest marathon playing kickball (51 hours), largest yo-yo (4,620 pounds), largest collection of trolls (2,990 unique trolls), largest pumpkin pie (3,699 pounds), largest meatball (1,100 pounds), and the longest walk-through horror house (4,951 feet).

Chris Wesseling no longer inhabits Ohio


If you plan to move to Ohio in hopes of inviting Cincinnati native Chris Wesseling over to drink beer and play cornhole then prepare yourself for disappointment. The Around the NFL writer now resides in Los Angeles, a place where he can celebrate Westivus (the annual celebration of the Bengals losing in the playoffs) in relative peace and sunshine.

It’s the Napa Valley of the Midwest


Ohio may not be the first state that comes to mind when it comes to making wine, but the state produces over 3 million gallons of wine each year—seventh most in the country.

Whole lot of obesity


Ohio has the 8th highest obesity rate in the country (29.5%), but if you’re really into super-sized people you can just wander across the border to neighboring West Virginia, which is tops with a 33.5% obesity rate.

Minimum wage is $8.10 per hour


Minimum wage in Ohio is $8.10 per hour, which is $0.85 higher than the national minimum wage. Over the course of a year a full-time minimum wage worker would make an additional $1,765 by working in Ohio. That’s enough to buy 88 of these 10-inch Johnny Manziel plush dolls.

More likely to get robbed than beaten up


According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Ohio has sixth lowest occurrence of aggravated assault, but it has the seventh most robberies and ninth most burglaries. So while you may be safe, your possessions are not.

Ohio will survive the zombie apocalypse (barely)


When the zombie apocalypse inevitably occurs, Ohio will be one of the states that survives (here’s proof). Ohio is poised to defeat an army of the undead thanks to it’s knowledge of zombies (8th best) and paintball skills (3rd best).

Ohio frequently comes in first


Ohio is home to a lot of firsts, including the first pro baseball team (Cincinnati Reds), ambulance service (1865), traffic light (1914), pop-top can, police car, professional city fire department, Neil Armstrong (first man to walk on the moon), full-time automobile service station, laws to protect working women, hot dog (1900), interracial and coeducational college in America (Oberlin College—1833), city to be lighted electrically (Cleveland—1879), American made automobile, and African American elected to public office.

Pretty nice little museum scene


The Ohio museum scene is great, and so much more than just the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The state is also home to the Bicycle Museum of AmericaCowan Pottery Museum, Medina Toy and Train Museum, Merry-Go-Round Museum, and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. So Ohio has that going for it, which is nice.

Great state for Bigfoot and Bigfoot enthusiasts


If you’re a Sasquatch or Bigfoot looking for a new place to live you should really consider Ohio, ranked thee 4th best state for Bigfoot to live. Not only does it have multiple Bigfoot festivals, and numerous groups of amateur and professional Sasquatch enthusiasts, it also has 234 “credible Bigfoot sightings,” so there’s a chance to mingle with other hairy 8-foot-tall man apes.



In addition to Bigfoot sightings, and rumors of Loch Ness-like creatures inhabiting the lakes, Ohio is uniquely famous for its Melonheads. These legendary creatures are small humanoids with bulbous heads. Some say their oversized heads were caused by weird medical experiments, others say it was the work of UFOs, and still others claim they just wandered down from Michigan.

Strange food preferences


In an Estately study of food and diet-related online searches it discovered Ohio searches for these terms more than any other state:  turtle meat, sauerkraut, chili, grinders, goetta (pictured above), Weight Watchers, and Curves International. One can only assume that Ohio is home to large numbers German weight loss groups preparing to feast on a cheat day.

Want to buy a home in Ohio?


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20 Reasons NOT to Live in Indiana


Typically, Estately’s articles detail reason you should move to a particular state, but in the wake of recent events in Indiana we’re making an exception. Instead we’ve provided a list of 20 reason you should never move to Indiana. And if you already live there then consider it 20 reasons to move away. There are lots of nice places to live in America, so why subject yourself to the misery that is Indiana?

1.  Discrimination against gays and lesbians


Even though it’s the 21st century Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just signed a bill into law intended to allow business owners the right to deny services to gays and lesbians for religious reasons. In addition to just being a mean spirited and cruel law, the bill also has caused an intense backlash around the country. Major businesses have promised to boycott the state, as have thousands of individuals.

2.  Women make way less money than men in Indiana


Women in Indiana earn just 74% of what the state’s men earn, which is the seventh worst pay gap in the country. However, while Indiana men do have more salary, they have far less of one other important thing…

3.  Small penises abound in Indiana


The online condom site Condomania recently released its data on the percentage of customers in each state that order larger and smaller sized condoms. Based on its findings it determined that Indiana men had the 9th smallest penises in the country.

4.  No booze on Sundays. Seriously.


The sale of alcohol is illegal on Sundays in Indiana because Indiana thinks it’s fun to relive the joys of prohibition once a week.

5.  Indiana is for couch potatoes


Indianans are a sedentary people, with a majority of the population that loathes to get off the couch. Only 47.5% of the state exercises frequently, which is fourth lowest in the country. Only West Virginia, Alabama, and Arkansas exercise less. So that’s healthy company.

6.  It has the most apathetic voters


In the 2014 election Indiana residents had the lowest voter turnout in the country—just 28 percent. This attitude could be why Indiana has such embarrassing elected officials.

7.  Indiana is trapped in the 1980s


You know that person who longs for the 1980s because it’s the last time their acid wash jeans were in style? Indiana is the embodiment of that. The state came in third in this ranking of states most nostalgic for the 1980s. The state was particularly nostalgic for Van Halen, Pee-wee Herman, the DeLorean DMC-12, and the movies The Breakfast Club and Dirty Dancing.

8.  It has so many tornadoes


Indiana has the third most tornadoes per 10,000 square miles of any state in the country. In most states the worst thing to fall out of the sky onto you is bird poop. In Indiana it could be a giant twister descending from above to transport your lawn furniture into another county.

9.  Indiana is the methiest


In 2013 alone there were 1,797 meth lab seizures in Indiana—the most in the country. There was even a recent case of a meth lab being discovered in a Wal-Mart bathroom in Indiana. That is just soooo Indiana.

10.  Strange internet search histories


In an Estately study of internet searches around the country we found Indianans search for these terms online more than any other state:  Avon, creationism, communism, diabetes, “I have a rash,” pacifism, and Jared Fogle (Subway spokesman). Indiana is a conflicted state.

11.  Indianapolis has a large douchebag population


Out of the 100 largest U.S. cities Indianapolis ranked 23rd for having the most douchebags. Part of what pushed Indianapolis up the rankings is it’s home to the 12th highest concentration of Nickelback fans.

12.  So many cat people


Cats are fine animals, but sometimes their owners can be a little crazy, and there are no shortage of cat-crazed people in Indiana. The state has the ninth most cat owners per capita in the country. That’s a lot of people and cats wearing matching sweaters in their holiday cards.

13.  High rate of lung cancer


Indiana has sixth highest occurrence of lung cancer in the country. Maybe it’s because smoking is so popular in Indiana.

14.  It’s getting crowded for hunters


Indiana has little public land, and only 2.2% of the state is open to the public to hunt. Given the large number of hunters in Indiana there are actually ten hunters per acre of public hunting land. That’s bad news for hunters and even worse news for deer.

15.  Indiana is harmful to marriages


Indiana can be rough on a marriage. A whopping 12.5% of residents are divorced, which is the 12th highest rate in the country.

16.  Nobody wants to stop in Indiana


Indiana calls itself the “Crossroads of America” because it has more Interstate Highway miles per square mile than any state. What this stat really means is the rest of the country wants to drive through Indiana as quickly as possible.

17.  Indiana doesn’t eat its vegetables


Even though the 63.5% of the state farmland Indiana locals don’t eat many fruits and vegetables. Only 53% of residents eat produce frequently, which is dead last in the country.

18.  There is no Pawnee, Indiana


The town of Pawnee in Parks & Rec is a fictional place set in Indiana. It’s fictional. Ron Swanson doesn’t live there. Neither do Leslie Knope or Donna Meagle or Jerry Gergich. They all live in California.

19.  It has the worst water pollution in America


Have you heard the expression “flush twice it’s a long way to Indiana”? The state ranks #1 for having the worst water pollution in the country, particularly from industrial pollutants.

20.  Crummy overall well-being


Gallup and Healthways released their annual Well-Being Index and Indiana came in as the third worst in the country. The poll measured whether people felt safe, liked where they lived, had strong relationships and purpose, and physical and financial well-being. Did Indiana have those? Not so much.

So there you have at. There are 20 reasons why Indiana is unfit to live in. We look forward to the day in the future when the elected leaders of Indiana repeal their cruel law allowing businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. When they do, Estately will happily create an article about all the reasons Indiana is a great place to live.


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35 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Washington State


Home to over 7 million people, Washington state has incredible wilderness areas, modern cities, and a diversity of geography and people. Sure, it rubs up against Canada, and it’s littered with earthquake fault lines and explosive volcanoes, but it does have plenty of upsides. However, before you decide to live there and buy a home there are 31 things you should probably know…

Very few potty mouths


According to a study by the Marchex Institute, residents of Washington state swear less than any other state. If you don’t want to live surrounded by Ned Flanders consider living in Ohio. Those #$%@ing @!#$s swear way #&%$ing more than people in any other #%$!ing state.

So many cat people


If you long to meet someone barricaded in their apartment knitting sweaters for their dozen cats then Washington state is your heaven. The state has the fifth most cat owners per capita, the most expressed Facebook interest in cats, and residents even report dreaming about cats more than in any other state.

Area men not so rugged anymore


Washington men were once rugged types, making a living working in the woods or at sea. Now they are primarily sedentary desk jockeys who venture into the elements only when outfitted in the latest polar fleece and Gore-tex. Use caution when approaching them. They are skittish creatures.

Extreme enthusiasm for holiday music


If the idea of Christmas carols in September makes you want to puke your guts out then you might want to cross Washington state off your list. Despite being one of the least religious states in country, it still has plenty of holiday spirit. Washington has the fourth most downloads of holiday music, and it’s the birthplace of Bing Crosby, who popularized “White Christmas,” that song you can’t get out of your head until sometime in February.

Incapable of fending off zombie attack


When the zombie apocalypse inevitably occurs, Washington state will not survive (here’s proof). The state is ranked 31st in preparedness to fight off an army of the undead. RIP Washington.

Sometimes the mountains explode


Washington state is home to five active volcanoes, all of which go boom on occasion. The largest, Mt. Rainier, is overdue for an eruption, while it’s volatile sister Mt. St. Helens blew its top back in 1980. Volcanoes are a real danger for those who live in the shadow of these mountains, or in the river valleys that drain them.

Locals loathe Justin Bieber


Out of every U.S. state and Canadian province, Washington state has the fewest Justin Bieber fans per capita. If you’re a fan of this troubled man-child you might consider taking your shameful taste in music to West Virginia, the state with the most true Beliebers.

It’s got a really boring flag


Aside from states still using flags depicting the Confederate battle flag, Washington state’s flag is possibly the lamest in the country. This is no critique of George Washington handsome appearance, it’s just the flag doesn’t really look cool on a T-shirt or a bumpersticker. It’s certainly not as iconic as the Lone Star Flag of Texas, and it’s lacking a cool bear like California’s.

No income tax, but…


Washington is one of seven states with no income tax, which sounds great except it masks that Washington actually has the most regressive tax system in the country. If you’re among the very wealthy, or if you’re an exceptional NFL free agent considering the Seahawks (please consider the Seahawks), Washington is a great state for you to maintain your wealth. However, if you’re poor or middle class, a far higher percentage of your income will be going to state and local governments.

Beer paradise


Do you enjoy carbonated beverages made from hops and malted barley? Well, Washington state is craft beer heaven. The state had the second most permitted breweries in the country, trailing only California, which is a lot bigger. On top of that, Washington produces more hops than any other U.S. state, and more than any country but Germany.

You might bump into Bigfoot


Bigfoot obviously isn’t real, unless of course he is. Is he? Regardless of what you believe it doesn’t change the fact that more people report seeing the furry biped in Washington than in any other state. It’s just one reason why Washington state was named the “#1 State for Bigfoot to Live.”

Smoking same-sex weddings


Are you pot smoker who wants to marry someone of the same sex? Marijuana and same-sex marriage are both legal in Washington, and not because of a court ruling. Residents of the state voted to legalize both in recent years.

How about them apples?


Washington state is the largest producer of apples in the United states. That’s a straight up fact! Over 58% of all apples grown in the U.S. are grown in Washington, and yet it’s New York City that’s called the Big Apple?

Home to the richest person in the world


His name is Bill Gates and he has riches galore. You may have a lot of riches, but he has much more. And someday his super duper Gates Foundation is going to rid the world of malaria and people in Washington will be able to say, “My neighbor cured the world of Malaria and yours just borrows your stupid lawn mower.”

Washington state is geographically like a McDLT


The Cascade Mountain Range divides Washington state in half. The western half of the state has a moderate climate with plentiful rainfall, while the eastern half has a drier climate with greater temperature extremes and sunnier skies. Basically, when it’s summer the state is like McDonalds’ long since canceled McDLT. The marine air keeps the west side cool, while the Cascade Mountains keep the east side hot.

There’s no “R” in Washington


Despite being spelled W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N there are millions of Americans who insist on pronouncing it Warshington. What causes people to sneak an “R” into the name is a mystery, but if you insist on mispronouncing it you should probably stay in Kenturcky or Idahor, or Massachusserts or wherever you’re from.

Got a thing for sailors?


Every week is Fleet Week in Washington state because Puget Sound is the U.S. Navy’s third largest concentration area. There are 21,000 active duty service members, 16,000 civilian employees, 6,000 drilling reservists, and 35,000 Navy retirees. Your Maverick, Goose, or Charlie could be out there.

Strange internet search history


In an Estately study of what each U.S. state Googles more than any other state there were some surprising results. Residents of Washington state were tops for searches of the following:  circumcision, Dungeons & Dragons, gluten, Judas Priest (band), non-alcoholic beer, pho, quinoa, Rachel Maddow (TV host), unicorn tattoo, and happy hour.

Mt. Rainier named for enemy of America


Mt. Rainier is a stunning, 14,411-foot volcano that towers over Washington state. For some dumb reason it’s named for British Admiral Peter Rainier Jr., a rotund navy man who once fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War. While the mountain and the man both have immense size in common, Mt. Rainier should really be renamed for someone more worthy, or at least called Mt. Tahoma as it once was. Maybe if you move to Washington and do something awesome they’ll name the mountain after you?

3rd cheapest electricity


Electricity rates in Washington are less than seven cents per kilowatt, third cheapest in the country. The reason the price is right is because the state derives much of its electricity from hydroelectric dams built during the 1930s and 1940s. These giant blocks of concrete are terrible for salmon, but they allow you to leave every light in the house on all day and night like you’re a dang Rockefeller.

It’s where pickleball was invented


Washington is renowned for its innovative companies so it’s no surprise the sport of pickleball was invented there. Legend has it three Bainbridge Island men returned home to find their families bored and attempted to set up a badminton court. When they couldn’t find the shuttlecock they grabbed a Wiffleball, lowered the badminton net, and made paddles from scraps of plywood. The game is now played in local physical education classes. Do you think have what it takes to be the Roger Federer of pickleball?

High unemployment


While many people are moving to Washington state for work, the state does have an unemployment rate of 6.4%—ninth highest in the country. That’s higher than neighboring Oregon (6.3%) and Idaho (4.1%).

Political divisions


More populated western Washington, dominated by large cities like Seattle, is far more liberal than the rest of the state. Eastern Washington is home to more social conservatives, with majorities opposing same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, and gun control measures. This divide has led some in eastern Washington to call for splitting the state into separate states. This pipe dream is going nowhere, but it’s representative of the contentious nature of Washington state’s internal politics.

Nerd paradise


In states with low nerd populations (Mississippi, New Jersey…) people have to hide their love of Star Trek, cosplay, and comic books. Not so in Washington where nerds are abundant. The state placed sixth in recent nerd rankings, earning especially high scores in enthusiasm for “Lord of the Rings” and Magic: The Gathering. Washington is a wedgie-free zone.

Few firearms


Washington is located in America so you can be certain there are guns everywhere. However, the state ranks 15th for fewest registered firearms. To put it in perspective, there are nearly 23 times more registered guns in Wyoming than there are in Washington.

Lots of hunting land


In addition to low gun ownership, Washington is home to large numbers of people who don’t eat meat. On top of that, 31% of the state is public lands where hunting is allowed—the 11th highest percentage in the country. If you’re a hunter you can interpret this to mean you’ll have little competition when it comes to shooting various game birds and furry woodland creatures.

Property crime is in vogue


Washington state has a low rate of violent crime, but apparently that’s because the state’s criminals are too busy stealing cars, bikes, and iPhones. Washington has the highest rate of property crime of any state and it’s only getting worse.

Highest minimum wage in U.S.—$9.47 per hour


If you’re stuck making minimum wage in America you can’t do any better than Washington state. Full time minimum wage workers in Washington earn $19,697 per year, over $4,500 more than those making the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Plus, the minimum wage is tied to inflation so it automatically goes up. Workers in Seattle will even earn $15 per hour in the future.

Surprising number of megachurches


Washington is the eighth least-religious state, but it somehow has the eighth most megacurches per capita of any state (protestant churches with sustained weekly attendance over 2,000). Not only that, but it’s the only one in top nine that isn’t in the South.

Internet built for speed


According to the Washington Post, 83% of individuals polled in Washington reported living in a home with high-speed internet access, the eighth highest in the country. Last place Mississippi reported just 62.3%, which is terrible.

Swimming in wine


California produces the most wine of any state, but Washington comes in second. In fact, Washington produces four times as much as neighboring Oregon.

Dreariness and gloom


According to a recent study, Seattle has the dreariest weather in the country (tied with Buffalo). When accounting for total precipitation, wet days, and cloudiness, western Washington is a gloomy, dark, and dreary place. Eastern Washington is pretty nice. Kind of methy at times, but pretty sunny.

Not prepared for sunny days


Because the sun vanishes for months and months the locals don’t show a lot of skin. When a sunny day finally does appear not everyone is prepared for it. Tasks like shaving legs are often put off.

No Guy Fieri restaurants


There are no Guy Fieri restaurants in Washington state. Zero. There are no plans for any. None.

People won’t shut up about kale


Have you tried kale? Did you know it’s a superfood? Did you know it’s about the only thing people can grow in their gardens year round in Washington? For some reason, Washingtonians can’t get enough of this leafy green. It’s a lot like lettuce, but much harder to chew. The state is ranked 4th for overall kale enthusiasm and has the highest percentage of restaurants featuring kale on the menu.

Geographical differences


Beyond the East/West divide, there are plenty of other divisions within the state. It is not a homogenous grouping of clones in rain jackets. Washington is a geographical smorgasbord and you are free to take your pick.

Want to buy a home in Washington?


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Looking For A Home Where The Buffalo Roam?

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When it comes to red meat roaming America, beef remains king. However, if you discount the millions of cows—as well as goats, sheep, and rabbits—you’ll find there are real geographical differences as to which large, red-meated mammals are most popular. Estately relied on the 2012 Agricultural Census to determine whether alpacas, bison, deer, or llamas were found in the greatest abundance in each state.

If you’re looking for a home where the buffalo roam you’ll find it in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. If you dream of communing with alpacas you’ll find them along each coast and in much of the Appalachians. Farm-raised deer are abundant throughout the South and Midwest, and particularly in Texas. Llama lovers are limited to Nevada and Georgia.

Will this information help you decide where to live and buy a home? That’s probably unlikely. However, if you are looking to find your next home check out Estately.com or download the Estately App, both of which are incredible tools to use when searching for a home for sale.




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What Does Each State Have More Of Than Any Other?


Deciding which American state to live in isn’t easy. It’s like entering an all-you-can-eat casino buffet with the limitation of only being able to choose one food item. Before deciding where to live and buy a home it’s important to be informed, which is why Estately has compiled this map and list of what each state has more of per capita than any other. Some are good, some are bad, but all are unique to that specific state.
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WOW!!! These 7 Seattle Condos Look Exactly Like The One From “50 Shades of Grey” As Long As You’re Blindfolded


The fictional Christian Grey from “50 Shades of Grey” famously lives in a penthouse condo in the Escala building in Seattle. After an exhaustive search of Seattle condos for sale on Estately we’ve found seven Seattle condos that look exactly like the one Christian Grey lives in, provided you’re completely blindfolded.

1. 100 Ward Street Unit 800B Seattle WA — $1,795,000



2. 1410 E Pine Street Unit W107 Seattle, WA — $425,000



3. 516 Yale Avenue N Unit 600 Seattle, WA — $1,027,000



4. 111 West Highland Drive Unit 3E Seattle, WA —$2,400,000



5. 97 South Jackson Street Unit 504 Seattle, WA — $999,999



6. 2033 2nd Avenue Unit 2206 Seattle, WA — $619,000



505 West Mercer Place Unit 500 Seattle, WA — $3,188,000





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