Thanksgiving Google searches show a nation divided in preference for pies, turkey and booze
The United States is unified this time of year in turning to Google for help with Thanksgiving, but divided in its preferences in pies, turkey and whether it needs a liquor store or a supermarket.
That's according to search data released by Google this week that shows the search engine is experiencing its annual spike in Thanksgiving-related searches as the holiday approaches. Based on those searches, Google Trends was able to create maps that break down what people are searching for by state.
Florida, it seems, is a bit of an outlier when it comes to how it plans to cook its turkey, as one of only five states — all in the Southeast — where "fried turkey" was most popular. The Midwest and other parts of the south are into smoked turkey, while the coasts were looking up recipes on how to roast their birds.
When it came to pies, Florida fell in line with most of the nation by searching for pumpkin pie more than any other variety. Pecan pie topped pumpkin in only four states, all in the South.
Google looked back to data from last year for this final map, which shows the top searched food and drink destinations in each state on the day before Thanksgiving. While some states were trying to find a nearby supermarket, Florida, along with much of the nation, was looking for a place to pick up some wine.