How did they decide? Estately analyzed Facebook data to score every state and the District for their per capita interest in 12 criteria — Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cosplay, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Anime Movies, Dungeons & Dragons, LARPing (Live Action Role-Playing), Doctor Who, Fantasy Lit, Lord of the Rings, Magic: The Gathering, and Comic Books.
The Beehive state landed on the top of the list.
In Utah, nerdishness is so common it’s practically the norm. Even if you factor in its high percentage of young people, Utah’s enthusiasm for nerdy interests is unparalleled in America. Utah beats out all other states for interest in cosplay, Harry Potter, Star Wars, LARPing, fantasy literature, and Lord of the Rings. Basically, if you like to get into costume to see a sci-fi or fantasy movie then Utah is the state for you.
- Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) was at Salt Lake City Comic Con FanXperience this year. You missed it.
- SLC Nerd is a community festival event celebrating all that is geeky and nerdy in Utah.
- The Nerd Store offers comics, gaming cards, and more.
- Enjoy the annual event Nerdtacular, which is nerdtastic, as well as Fantasy Con, which is fantastic.
For a reaction quote I turned to Dave Doering, chair of the 2014 Westercon in Salt Lake City. Dave said —
Guess we’ve been found out….
Yes, we’re nerds. And proud of it!
We are going to run a contest in fandom here to find who is the Nerdiest Nerd in this Nerdiest State.
Isolated as we are here from mainstream fandom, we revert to the natural condition of the human creature: the nerd.
My condolences on the home of the LASFS coming in at a sad #34.
Dave has that right. My home state of California ranked way down the list at #34. Sure, we have Hollywood, but we also have occasional news stories like steampunk cosplayers getting kicked out of the mall. And we let them demolish Ray Bradbury’s house, too — no telling how many spots we dropped just for that…