What Each State Googled More Than Any Other State In 2015

Ryan Nickum

Dec 11

Lists + Maps


The year is coming to a close so Estately thought we’d look back on 2015 and see how Americans spent their time Googling the people, terms, movies, TV shows, organizations, events, cultural phenomena, and controversies that grabbed people’s attention in 2015. To do this Estately ran hundreds of search terms through Google Trends to discover what people in each state searched for more with more frequency than people in any other state.

From tragic violence and celebrity breakups to presidential primaries and space exploration, there was plenty of things to occupy Americans’ time on the internet. Read on to learn what other things—besides the terms on the map above—that each state Googled more frequently than any other state in 2015.


  • Same-sex marriage
  • Ken Stabler (football player who passed away in 2015)
  • Ben Carson (presidential candidate)
  • Laverne Cox (actress)


  • Barack Obama
  • Game of Thrones (HBO series)
  • 3D printing


  • 2nd Amendment
  • Jen Welter (pro football player and first female coach in NFL)


  • Blood moon prophecy (apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world)
  • Syrian refugees
  • Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (terrorist organization)
  • ISIS (another name for the same terrorist organization above)
  • 19 Kids and Counting (reality TV show)
  • Josh Duggar (reality TV show personality)


  • Kim Kardashian (reality TV personality)
  • Stephen Curry (pro basketball player)
  • Drought
  • Water conservation
  • Love wins
  • U.S. Housing Bubble
  • iPhone 6s
  • Spy (2015 film)
  • Spectre (2015 film)
  • Ben Affleck nanny
  • Leah Remini Scientology (actress who left the Church of Scientology in 2015)
  • Chile earthquake
  • Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook)
  • Volkswagen scandal
  • Donald Trump hair
  • Donald Trump racist


  • Syrian civil war
  • Water on Mars
  • Mass shootings
  • Keystone Pipeline


  • Speaker of the House
  • Frank Gifford (pro football player/broadcaster who passed away in 2015)


  • Amtrak
  • Pope Francis
  • Beau Biden (former Attorney General of Delaware who passed away in 2015)
  • Kendrick Lamar (rapper)
  • Nicki Minaj (rapper)


  • Obamacare
  • Marco Rubio (presidential candidate)
  • Concealed weapons permit
  • Trump net worth
  • House prices


  • Blood Moon 2015
  • Whip dance
  • Stanky leg dance
  • Serena Williams
  • Blake Shelton divorce


  • Nepal earthquake
  • Bruce Jenner (previous name of reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner)
  • Chrissy Teigen (model)
  • Apple Watch
  • Furious 7 (2015 film)
  • Selfie stick
  • Radio Shack (filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2015)
  • Pitch Perfect 2 (2015 film)


  • Refugees
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015 film)
  • Gun control
  • Vaccines
  • Windows 10 (operating system released in 2015)


  • Super Blood Moon


  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Jared Fogle (former Subway pitchman/sex offender)


  • Elizabeth Banks (actress)
  • Bachelorette (reality TV  show)
  • The Bachelor (reality TV show)


  • World Series
  • Koch Industries


  • American Pharaoh (Triple Crown-winner)
  • Dusty Rhodes (pro wrestler who passed away in 2015)
  • Rand Paul (presidential candidate)
  • Kim Davis (County Clerk of Rowan County)


  • Ashley Madison hack (online dating website marketed to people in committed relationships that was hacked and had user names released in 2015)
  • Blue Bell recall (delicious ice cream)


  • Amy Schumer (comedian)


  • New Horizons (space mission)
  • Trevor Noah (new host of The Daily Show)
  • Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel)
  • Freddie Gray (Baltimore man who died in police custody, sparking protests)
  • Police brutality
  • Misty Copeland (ballet dancer)
  • Nuclear program of Iran
  • Iran nuclear deal
  • Moses Malone (basketball player who passed away in 2015)
  • Loretta Lynch (newly appointed U.S. Attorney General)
  • Real estate
  • Edward Snowden (computer programmer, leaker of classified documents)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer, journalist, educator)
  • Viola Davis (Emmy Award-winning actress)
  • Bill Cosby (comedian)
  • al-Qaeda (terrorist organization)
  • Don Lemon (CNN TV personality)


  • Charlie Hebdo (French satirical magazine attacked by terrorists in 2015)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV show)
  • Aziz Ansari (actor/comedian)
  • Jon Snow (character in Game of Thrones)
  • Opioid addiction and dependence
  • Republican primary
  • Eddie Redmayne (Academy Award-winning actor)
  • Justin Trudeau (newly elected Prime Minister of Canada)
  • John Oliver (comedian)
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (TV show)
  • Inside Amy Schumer (TV show)
  • Vladimir Putin (President of Russia)
  • Dad bod


  • What is transgender?
  • Marriage equality


  • Black Lives Matter (activist movement campaigning against violence toward black people)
  • Scott Weiland (musician who passed away in 2015)
  • Cecil the Lion (famous lion killed by a Minnesota hunter in Zimbabwe)


  • Straight Outta Compton (2015 film)
  • B.B. King (blues musician who passed away in 2015)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown (daughter of singer Whitney Houston; passed away in 2015)
  • Booty (there was a lot of talk about “booty” in 2015)
  • Megyn Kelly (FOX TV personality)
  • Ashley Madison (online dating website marketed to people in committed relationships)
  • Common Core State Standards Initiative


  • Amy Schumer photo
  • Right to keep and bear arms


  • Wolves


  • Kaley Cuoco (actress)


  • Floyd Mayweather (pro boxer)
  • Khloé Kardashian (reality TV personality)
  • Lamar Odom (pro basketball player who overdosed in a Nevada brothel in 2015)
  • Wes Craven (film director)
  • Selena Gomez (actress)
  • Kylie Jenner (reality TV personality)
  • San Andreas (2015 film)
  • Amber Rose (musician/model/actress/fashion designer)
  • Pitbull (rapper)
  • The Weeknd (musician)
  • Britney Spears (musician),


  • Deflategate
  • Heroin
  • Paris terrorist attack
  • Hillary Clinton (presidential candidate)
  • Donald Trump (presidential candidate)
  • Carly Fiorina (presidential candidate)
  • Jeb Bush (presidential candidate)
  • Ted Cruz (presidential candidate)
  • Terrorism


  • FIFA (governing body of international soccer tournaments that’s being investigated for bribery/corruption crimes in 2015)
  • Hilary Clinton email
  • Yogi Berra (baseball player/manager who passed away in 2015)
  • Chris Christie (presidential candidate)
  • Pierre Paul hand (pro football player Jason Pierre-Paul who blew off part of his hand in a fireworks accident)


  • Pluto (the dwarf planet)
  • Ronda Rousey (MMA fighter)
  • Holly Holm (MMA fighter)
  • Animas River (site of a massive 2015 spill of water containing toxic heavy metals)
  • Wiz Khalifa (rapper)


  • Greece
  • Democratic Socialism
  • Omar Sharif (actor who passed away in 2015)
  • Netanyahu Congress (Israeli Prime Minister who made a speech to Congress in 2015)
  • Julianne Moore (actress)
  • Mr. Robot (TV show)
  • Angela Merkel (German Chancellor and Time “Person of the Year”)
  • Drake (rapper)
  • Martin Shkreli (CEO who dramatically raised prescription drug prices)
  • Gigi Hadid (model)
  • Bashar al-Assad (President of Syria)
  • Islamophobia
  • Charlie Sheen HIV (actor announced he’s had HIV for four years in 2015)
  • Jihadism
  • Jennifer Aniston wedding (actress married in 2015)
  • American Apparel (clothing company that filed for bankruptcy in 2015)
  • Kanye West (rapper)
  • Rihanna (musician)
  • Hoverboard scooter


  • Concealed carry permit
  • Blake Miranda divorce (country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced they were divorcing in 2015)
  • Confederate flag meaning


  • NFL Draft


  • Marijuana legalization (a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana was not approved by voters in 2015)
  • Anna Duggar (wife of reality TV personality Josh Duggar)
  • Randy Quaid (actor)


  • Je suis Charlie (solidarity message for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo)
  • Stuart Scott (ESPN sportscaster who passed away in 2015)
  • Caitlyn Jenner (reality TV personality formerly known as Bruce Jenner)
  • Patricia Arquette (actress),
  • Jordan Spieth (pro golfer who won the U.S. Open and The Masters in 2015)


  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Hassan Rouhani (President of Iran)
  • Tamasha (2015 film)
  • Islam
  • Ukraine
  • Nicky Jam (musician)
  • Shakira (Musician)
  • Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil)


  • Jon Snow dead (character from Game of Thrones who died in the Season 5 finale… or did he?)
  • Pope Francis visit
  • War on terror
  • Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough actor who passed away in 2015),
  • Creed (2015 film)
  • Carrie Underwood baby
  • Royal baby
  • Blake Lively baby


  • Brian Williams (NBC journalist suspended for telling an exaggerated story)
  • Adele (musician)
  • Taylor Swift (musician)
  • Justin Bieber (musician)
  • Charlie Sheen (actor)
  • Wet Seal (clothing company that filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2015)
  • Ariana Grande (musician)
  • Tom Brady (pro football player)


  • Charleston shooting
  • Trump for President
  • Nae nae dance
  • Confederate flag


  • Back to the Future (popular 1985 movie that got a lot of attention because the characters in it travel to the future—the year 2015).
  • Ed Sheeran (musician)
  • Fitbit (a device that measures how many steps you take between your sofa and the fridge)


  • Fred Thompson (former actor and Tennessee Senator who passed away in 2015)
  • National Rifle Association


  • James Harden (basketball player)
  • Bandidos Motorcycle Club (a motorcycle gang that engaged in a massive shootout with the Cossacks motorcycle gang in Waco, Texas in 2015)
  • Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán (Mexican drug lord)
  • Hurricane Patricia
  • Clock boy (14-year-old Texas student Ahmed Mohamed who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school)
  • Planned Parenthood video
  • Lion hunting
  • Miranda Lambert divorce
  • Jade Helm (a popular conspiracy theory that claims the annual U.S. military training exercise was really a cover for a full-scale invasion of Texas)
  • Filibuster
  • Greg Hardy (pro football player)


  • Transgender
  • Man bun (male hair style)
  • Spotify (digital music service)
  • Apple TV
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakes (2015 film)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015 film)
  • Jurassic World (2015 film)
  • Ant-Man (2015 film)
  • Planned Parenthood (non-profit organization)
  • Sister Wives (TV show)


  • Bernie Sanders (presidential candidate)
  • The Daily Show (TV show)
  • Climate change
  • 87th Academy Awards


  • Abdel Fattah el-Sis (President of Egypt)
  • Islamic State (terrorist organization)
  • Boko Haram (terrorist organization)
  • Recep Taytip Erdogan (President of Turkey),
  • Muhammadu Buhari (President of Nigeria),
  • Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India)


  • Leonard Nimoy (actor who played Spock on Star Trek passed away in 2015)
  • Super Bowl
  • Amanda Knox (American woman acquitted of murder in Italy)
  • Left Shark
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015 film)
  • Microsoft Surface (tablet)


  • Magic Mike XXL (2015 film)


  • Rep. Paul Ryan (newly elected Speaker of the House)
  • What does bae mean?
  • Koch brothers
  • Political activities of the Koch brothers


  • Mars (4th planet from the sun)
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Blake Shelton + Gwen Stefani
  • Firearm
  • Playboy (magazine that announced it would cease showing photos of naked women)
  • AR-15 (type of firearm)


Whether you choose to live in a state that obsessively Googles the status of celebrity couples or one more focussed on world events just be sure when it comes to finding your dream home you search online using Estately.com or with the Estately iPhone App. Download it today!




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