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The 20 questions Georgia googles more than any other state

Americans are a curious bunch, and by now, we all know, when you have a question, you can always turn to Google.

We look to the web for answers to everything from the meaning of life to how to style our hair. Who hasn't typed a laundry list of symptoms to figure out what is ailing them or searched for the latest gossip on a favorite celebrity?

The folks over at real estate website,  Estately , thought it would be fun to figure out what questions internet users in each state asked more frequently than others.

They used Google Autocomplete to compile hundreds of the most common questions Americans type into the Google search bar. Then they ran those searches through Google Trends to determine which state queried each of the selected searches the most over the past 12 years.

The resulting list does not represent what each state googles the most, rather it shows the questions each state googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Georgia was one of the states with the greatest number of queries when compared to other states.

Here is what turned up:

Compare that to Alaskans, a simple bunch, who only googled one question more than any other state -- How to smoke salmon?

Certain themes surfaced time and again across state lines.  In general, Americans spend a lot of time looking for answers to questions about religion, race, sexuality, sex and politics -- which is basically every taboo topic we are told at a young age not to talk about. So it makes sense that Google has become a primary source of information for this stuff.

The only true outlier seems to be the poor folks in Wyoming who had one question they googled more than any other state: What is Wyoming?

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.