Iowa is the 3rd most bacon-loving state
Mmmmmm... bacon. You can already smell this article, can't you? No matter what time you're reading this, your mouth is watering because you're thinking of bacon. I know, it's going to be hard for me to get through this.
While most of us (should be all of us) love bacon, there are some people who do not. As a matter of fact, there is enough people who don't like bacon where we can tell which states love and hate bacon the most.
To find out which states love some good greasy bacon and those who don't, we turn to our friends over at Zippia to give us those answers. Zippia used data from Ginnys.com, who measures bacon-loving by analyzing 64,000 Instagram photos. That's a lot of Instagram scrolling.
The photos Ginny's looked at were throughout the U.S. and tagged with #food, #breakfast, #lunch and #dinner. The more of those pictures contained bacon, the more bacon-loving the state. From there, Zippia used their data to rank each state. The more bacon loving posts, the higher the state-ranked.
Zippia found that Iowa ranked as the 3rd most bacon-loving state. 83% of Iowans love bacon, which to me seems kind of low for Iowa.
Illinois is pretty far down the list. Zippia found that Illinois is the 34th most bacon-loving state, and only 12% of Illinoisans love bacon.
These are the top 10 states who love bacon:
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
Zippia also found these fun facts in their research:
- About $5 billion is spent each year in the U.S. on bacon.
- The average American eats about 18 pounds of bacon every year.
- The majority (70%) of bacon is eaten at breakfast time.
- Bacon is so popular in the U.S. there is a church dedicated to it. The United Church of Bacon is headquartered in Las Vegas.
- Private labels sell the most bacon in the U.S., accounting for over $345 million.
- Aside from private labels, larger labels like Oscar Mayer, Hormel, and Smithfield lead the U.S. in bacon sales.
- Bacon was first discovered almost 4,000 years ago.
- The U.S. produces more than 2 billion pounds of bacon every year.
See where other states ranked on the map below: