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What’s the Most Popular Star Wars Episode in Your State?

May the Fourth be with you! It’s been a big month for Star Wars fans. The trailer for The Last Jedi released April 14th and has already been seen 31 million times, the Star Wars Celebration delighted fans in mid-April, and now Reviews.org has compiled a list determining which Star Wars movie is most popular in each U.S. state. The results … well, the results were interesting.

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METHODOLOGY

We plugged each of the eight full-length Star Wars movies into Google Trends and collected data from 2004 to the present to see which movie is most-searched in each state. This allowed us to look at search volume for each film on Google’s scale. Note the last three Star Wars movies came out after our time frame began, so they’ve had less time to grow popular and may be at a disadvantage in the rankings

HOT TAKES

  • The originals have aged well. A New Hope won 19 states nationwide, with Return of the Jedi coming in at second with 11 states.
  • Utah topped the rankings for an incredible five of the eight Star Wars movies. Could this be because Utah looks like a different planet? Or is this just a symptom of Utah being the nerdiest state in the Union?
  • Speaking of Utah, it was the only state where The Empire Strikes Back was a top search priority. Utahns may be nerdy, but at least they’re classy about it.
  • Virginia is not for Star Wars lovers. The state ranked dead last for five of the eight movies. The Force is not strong with them.
  • Those awful prequels actually won several states. What’s wrong with you, Arizona, Maine, and Virginia? The Phantom Menace wins out in those states, leaving most Star Wars fans shaking their heads in bewilderment. We’re not sure if Idaho is better or worse for preferring Attack of the Clones.
  • Among the prequels, Revenge of the Sith won the most states. This correlates strongly with the amount of screen time for Jar Jar Binks.
  • Is there a link between Star Wars film preference and population density or voting patterns? Probably not, but it’s notable that Return of the Jedi ranks first in several blue-state strongholds like California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, and Vermont.
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Where do you fall on our table below? Are you within the norm for your state, or is your love of a particular Star Wars movie as forbidden as Anakin and Padmé’s?

STATESMost Popular2nd Place3rd Place
AlabamaA New HopeThe Phantom MenaceRevenge of the Sith
AlaskaReturn of the JediThe Phantom MenaceRevenge of the Sith
ArizonaThe Phantom MenaceThe Force AwakensReturn of the Jedi
ArkansasA New HopeThe Force AwakensReturn of the Jedi
CaliforniaReturn of the JediAttack of the ClonesRevenge of the Sith
ColoradoReturn of the JediA New HopeAttack of the Clones
ConnecticutA New HopeThe Phantom MenaceAttack of the Clones
DelawareA New HopeReturn of the JediThe Force Awakens
FloridaThe Force AwakensA New HopeReturn of the Jedi
GeorgiaA New HopeThe Force AwakensReturn of the Jedi
HawaiiA New HopeRevenge of the SithThe Force Awakens
IdahoAttack of the ClonesThe Phantom MenaceThe Force Awakens
IllinoisReturn of the JediRevenge of the SithA New Hope
IndianaA New HopeRevenge of the SithReturn of the Jedi
IowaThe Force AwakensA New HopeRevenge of the Sith
KansasRevenge of the SithThe Phantom MenaceReturn of the Jedi
KentuckyReturn of the JediA New HopeThe Phantom Menace
LouisianaRevenge of the SithReturn of the JediA New Hope
MaineThe Phantom MenaceAttack of the ClonesA New Hope
MarylandReturn of the JediRevenge of the SithA New Hope
MassachusettsA New HopeAttack of the ClonesReturn of the Jedi
MichiganThe Force AwakensA New HopeReturn of the Jedi
MinnesotaA New HopeReturn of the JediThe Phantom Menace
MississippiA New HopeReturn of the JediThe Empire Strikes Back
MissouriReturn of the JediRevenge of the SithA New Hope
MontanaRogue OneThe Force AwakensAttack of the Clones
NebraskaRevenge of the SithThe Phantom MenaceAttack of the Clones
NevadaThe Force AwakensReturn of the JediAttack of the Clones
New HampshireRevenge of the SithA New HopeReturn of the Jedi
New JerseyA New HopeThe Phantom MenaceRevenge of the Sith
New MexicoThe Force AwakensThe Phantom MenaceReturn of the Jedi
New YorkA New HopeReturn of the JediRevenge of the Sith
North CarolinaA New HopeThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi
North DakotaThe Force AwakensA New HopeRogue One
OhioRevenge of the SithReturn of the JediAttack of the Clones
OklahomaA New HopeAttack of the ClonesThe Force Awakens
OregonReturn of the JediA New HopeThe Force Awakens
PennsylvaniaA New HopeRevenge of the SithReturn of the Jedi
Rhode IslandA New HopeRevenge of the SithAttack of the Clones
South CarolinaA New HopeThe Force AwakensReturn of the Jedi
South DakotaRevenge of the SithReturn of the JediThe Force Awakens
TennesseeA New HopeThe Force AwakensReturn of the Jedi
TexasThe Force AwakensA New HopeReturn of the Jedi
UtahThe Empire Strikes BackThe Force AwakensReturn of the Jedi
VermontReturn of the JediA New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back
VirginiaThe Phantom MenaceA New HopeRevenge of the Sith
WashingtonReturn of the JediRevenge of the SithA New Hope
West VirginiaThe Force AwakensA New HopeThe Phantom Menace
WisconsinReturn of the JediRevenge of the SithThe Phantom Menace
WyomingRogue OneReturn of the JediThe Force Awakens