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The States Most Obsessed With Minecraft

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The average video game has a shelf life of less than two years. However, one game continues to grow in users over a decade after its release. Minecraft is not only the most popular video game in the world, with an average of 140 million monthly players – it is also the best-selling video game of all time, with over 238 million copies bought worldwide. (Prefer table-top entertainment? These are the best selling board games in America.)

Minecraft is a so-called open-world sandbox game – one in which players can explore an infinite terrain for resources with complete freedom of movement then create their own worlds. There are no set objectives besides what the player determines, and the game encourages creativity, resourcefulness, and exploration. Its lack of gore or extreme violence makes it suitable for children, but its complexity can keep adults of all ages engaged.

Although there are Minecraft players in every country, Americans are the most active. The U.S. accounts for over 21% of daily users – about 3.5 times the number of users in the next highest playing country, Brazil – but the game is substantially more popular in some states than others. (These are the most followed video game franchises in the U.S.)

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To determine the states most obsessed with Minecraft, 24/7 Tempo reviewed research conducted by autoclicker.io, a site owned by the developer of software that automates mouse clicks. The site analyzed all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ranking them based on the number of times people in each state Googled terms related to an interest in Minecraft over the past 12 months. A total of 47 relevant search terms were used in the study, including “Minecraft”, “Minecraft pocket edition”, “Minecraft classic”, “Minecraft dungeons”, and “Minecraft movie.” The sum of the number of searches for each term was compared to each state’s population to calculate the number of searches per 100,000 people.

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51. Mississippi
> Searches per 100,000 people: 873
> Total search volume: 25,680 – 15th lowest
> Population: 2,940,057

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50. Louisiana
> Searches per 100,000 people: 984
> Total search volume: 45,168 – 22nd lowest
> Population: 4,590,241

49. Alabama
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,012
> Total search volume: 51,372 – 25th lowest
> Population: 5,074,296

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48. Delaware
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,030
> Total search volume: 10,493 – 6th lowest
> Population: 1,018,396

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47. Montana
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,031
> Total search volume: 11,577 – 8th lowest
> Population: 1,122,867

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46. South Carolina
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,072
> Total search volume: 56,613 – 25th highest
> Population: 5,282,634

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45. Arkansas
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,090
> Total search volume: 33,202 – 18th lowest
> Population: 3,045,637

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44. Rhode Island
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,106
> Total search volume: 12,093 – 9th lowest
> Population: 1,093,734

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43. South Dakota
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,107
> Total search volume: 10,071 – 5th lowest
> Population: 909,824

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42. Wyoming
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,110
> Total search volume: 6,455 – the lowest
> Population: 581,381

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41. Vermont
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,134
> Total search volume: 7,337 – 2nd lowest
> Population: 647,064

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40. Iowa
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,169
> Total search volume: 37,405 – 19th lowest
> Population: 3,200,517

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39. Wisconsin
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,169
> Total search volume: 68,909 – 22nd highest
> Population: 5,892,539

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38. Pennsylvania
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,175
> Total search volume: 152,413 – 7th highest
> Population: 12,972,008

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37. Tennessee
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,191
> Total search volume: 83,999 – 16th highest
> Population: 7,051,339

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36. Maine
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,194
> Total search volume: 16,537 – 10th lowest
> Population: 1,385,340

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35. Ohio
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,196
> Total search volume: 140,548 – 8th highest
> Population: 11,756,058

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34. Connecticut
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,196
> Total search volume: 43,357 – 21st lowest
> Population: 3,626,205

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33. Missouri
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,197
> Total search volume: 73,927 – 20th highest
> Population: 6,177,957

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32. Hawaii
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,202
> Total search volume: 17,315 – 12th lowest
> Population: 1,440,196

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31. Indiana
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,207
> Total search volume: 82,469 – 17th highest
> Population: 6,833,037

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30. New Jersey
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,211
> Total search volume: 112,199 – 13th highest
> Population: 9,261,699

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29. Minnesota
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,218
> Total search volume: 69,630 – 21st highest
> Population: 5,717,184

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28. New Mexico
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,220
> Total search volume: 25,783 – 16th lowest
> Population: 2,113,344

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27. New Hampshire
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,227
> Total search volume: 17,123 – 11th lowest
> Population: 1,395,231

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26. Kentucky
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,235
> Total search volume: 55,712 – 26th highest
> Population: 4,512,310

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25. Michigan
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,244
> Total search volume: 124,868 – 12th highest
> Population: 10,034,113

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24. Illinois
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,248
> Total search volume: 157,006 – 5th highest
> Population: 12,582,032

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23. North Dakota
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,258
> Total search volume: 9,807 – 3rd lowest
> Population: 779,261

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22. Massachusetts
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,259
> Total search volume: 87,910 – 15th highest
> Population: 6,981,974

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21. Nebraska
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,266
> Total search volume: 24,904 – 14th lowest
> Population: 1,967,923

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20. Oklahoma
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,269
> Total search volume: 50,999 – 24th lowest
> Population: 4,019,800

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19. Kansas
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,278
> Total search volume: 37,538 – 20th lowest
> Population: 2,937,150

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18. North Carolina
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,291
> Total search volume: 138,134 – 9th highest
> Population: 10,698,973

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17. West Virginia
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,307
> Total search volume: 23,203 – 13th lowest
> Population: 1,775,156

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16. Maryland
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,334
> Total search volume: 82,224 – 18th highest
> Population: 6,164,660

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15. Idaho
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,347
> Total search volume: 26,117 – 17th lowest
> Population: 1,939,033

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14. Alaska
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,356
> Total search volume: 9,950 – 4th lowest
> Population: 733,583

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13. New York
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,370
> Total search volume: 269,672 – 4th highest
> Population: 19,677,151

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12. Colorado
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,380
> Total search volume: 80,613 – 19th highest
> Population: 5,839,926

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11. Arizona
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,415
> Total search volume: 104,140 – 14th highest
> Population: 7,359,197

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10. Georgia
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,433
> Total search volume: 156,343 – 6th highest
> Population: 10,912,876

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9. California
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,454
> Total search volume: 567,381 – the highest
> Population: 39,029,342

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8. Virginia
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,463
> Total search volume: 127,013 – 11th highest
> Population: 8,683,619

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7. Nevada
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,527
> Total search volume: 48,540 – 23rd lowest
> Population: 3,177,772

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6. Texas
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,575
> Total search volume: 473,081 – 2nd highest
> Population: 30,029,572

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5. Oregon
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,586
> Total search volume: 67,249 – 23rd highest
> Population: 4,240,137

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4. Florida
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,596
> Total search volume: 355,049 – 3rd highest
> Population: 22,244,823

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3. District of Columbia
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,600
> Total search volume: 10,748 – 7th lowest
> Population: 671,803

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2. Washington
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,744
> Total search volume: 135,752 – 10th highest
> Population: 7,785,786

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1. Utah
> Searches per 100,000 people: 1,839
> Total search volume: 62,179 – 24th highest
> Population: 3,380,800

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