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The Most Searched How-To Questions Per State in the Past Year

Years ago, the phrase "google it" would have been a pretty strange thing to say. Today, it seems completely normal. Not surprising since Google has become our go-to resource for almost everything, especially for doing and fixing things. For example, when the sink clogs up, most of us would google "how to unclog a sink" instead of "plumbers near me." Makes sense — why pay someone to do it when Google can teach you to DIY?

This is perhaps the reason for the increase in how-to searches over the years. According to Google News Lab data editor Simon Rogers, how-to searches have ballooned more than 140% since 2004, with people asking Google directions for various things, from boiling eggs to jumping cars. 

Map showing the top most searched how-to question for each US state.

Did you know?

“How to tie a tie?” has been the top-most searched how-to question in the United States for a year.

But what is most surprising is the top how-to search —  how to tie a tie. Really? Who asks that? 

Apparently, in the U.S. alone, people in 46 out of 51 states are asking Google the question. Roughly 90% of the Google searches in the United States for an entire year are about that piece of cloth worn around the neck. How to use a piece of fabric that serves no function, save for aesthetics, was the topic of Google searches 7787 times per month. 

What's so important about tying a tie?

Many see the necktie as a formal accessory that conveys professionalism and authority. Some argue that ties cover the buttons in a man's shirt, which is why they are never worn with dress shirts, whose buttons are concealed. Some think ties are nothing but an attempt to feel superior and elicit undeserved respect. Others feel more confident about themselves when wearing a tie that complements their outfit.

While the jury is still out about ties, we know that more and more Americans want to learn how to tie a tie. More specifically, they want to know how to tie the following:

  • Necktie - A timeless fashion accessory, the necktie is known worldwide as a symbol of elegance and sophistication. It also helps keep your shirt collar in place.

  • Bow Tie - The bow tie is a fabric ribbon symmetrically knotted around the shirt collar so that the two opposing ends form loops. The three most common varieties are the pre-tied, clip-on, and self-tie 

  • Bolo Tie. Also known as the Western Bowtie, bolo ties are typically worn with Western dress shirts and cowboy hats. It's a versatile and fashionable neckwear alternative to the traditional necktie and has been adopted by various subcultures, including cowboys, rockabilly enthusiasts, hippies, and country music artists.

  • Ascot & Cravat - The ascot and cravat are stylish alternatives to the necktie and can be worn for both formal and casual events.

These are the top five states where most “how to tie a tie” searches came from.

  • Texas

  • New York

  • Florida

  • Pennsylvania

  • Ohio

The Top 5: Texas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio

We couldn’t help but ask: have men (and women) missed dressing up after the Covid lockdowns? Do they feel like they need to relearn the rudiments of dressing up and tying a tie after a year or so of working from home dressed in sweatpants, boxers, or their birthday suits? Based on the numbers, that seems to be the case, but your guess is as good as ours.

Other top searches

While 46 of the states were searching for “how to tie a tie”, these five states were searching for these:

how to get unbanned from omegle

New Jersey

33,100/month

how to pronounce

California

27,100/month

how to get rid of a sore throat

Georgia

14,800/month

how to delete an instagram account

South Carolina

9,900/month

how to screenshot on windows

Massachusetts

8,100/month

  1. "How to get unbanned from omegle?" New Jerseyans are stereotyped as rude and unfriendly. While some residents are quick to defend that they are not rude ⁠— just different ⁠— from other states, we can't help but think that maybe the attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Otherwise, why would a video chat site ban them? Of course, we're assuming the worst. Maybe New Jersey peeps are just curious about Omegle, which is why this is NJ's most searched how-to question.

  2. "How to pronounce?" California English is diverse. While the Californian accent isn't as distinguishable as Boston or Kansas accents, Californians have their own hella way of talking. Perhaps true-blue Californians want to know how their pronunciation of certain words compares with that of residents from other states.

  3. "How to get rid of a sore throat?" Air quality in Georgia — specifically in Atlanta — averages 40 "code orange" days every year, which means that air quality can be unhealthy for sensitive groups. We surmise that people in these groups frequently suffer from sore throats, hence this question.

  4. "How to delete an instagram account?" We don't know, but maybe people find it hard to post glamorous photos of themselves on Instagram when things don't seem fine and dandy for many South Carolina residents. Or they're probably just too much of a couch potato and can't be bothered to keep an IG account.

  5. "How to screenshot on windows?" Although Massachusetts ranks first in scientific and technological capabilities, the state's tech sector faces a shortage of skilled workers due to people fleeing out of state. Those who remain probably need Google to help them solve daily tech-related problems, such as taking a screenshot of their Windows PCs. 

Interesting Rising Queries

  1. “How to play wordle?” The game, which started as a gift from creator Josh Wardle to his partner Palak Shah, has taken the interwebs by storm. Would the US be left behind? No siree, as evidenced by this rising query from 38 states. It has an average rise of 2257% from the 38 states, with Maine leading the pack with a 4150% rise.

  2. “How to watch yellowstone?” Isn’t it weird that the most prominent cable series isn’t on the most popular streaming services? Small wonder people from 34 states are asking Google how they can watch the series, starting from season one.

  3. “How to turn off iphone 13?” Nobody knows why the iPhone 13 does not have a power button. What gives, Apple? Surprisingly, this is a rising query in only 13 states.

  4. “How to reset airpods?” As if the iPhone 13’s powering off fiasco isn’t enough, residents of 11 states also seem to be having issues with their airpods. Good thing Google is always to the rescue.

  5. “How to stop coughing?” People aren’t as fearful of Covid-19 as they were when the pandemic started. But people in nine states are asking for ways to stop coughing which, as everyone knows, is a symptom of coronavirus infection. Could another wave be coming?

  6. “How to cut a mango?” Mangoes are a tropical fruit, which means they don't grow in North America, except in tropical states such as Hawaii, Florida, and California. So we can’t blame why Americans don’t know how to cut a mango. But at least some people want to learn, as evidenced by this rising query in six states.

  7. “How to fall asleep fast?” 33.33% of Americans don’t get enough sleep. Nobody seems alarmed, except for five states where this query has been rising.

  8. “How to get a passport?” Covid-related travel restrictions are easing up, as borders begin opening. Unsurprisingly, 5 states are thinking about travelling again, which has prompted this query.

  9. “How to get rid of a stuffy nose?” Stuffy noses are uncomfortable, and if we had them, we'd turn to Google too, just like the five states who ask this question.

  10. “How to cook bacon in the oven?” There’s a new TikTok sensation — twisted bacon — which most likely prompted at least three states to head to Google for directions. But twisted or not, bacon IS bacon, and whatever way you cook it is good in our book.

  11. “How to tell him i like him” & “How to be a better lover?” Many adults seem loveless in Louisiana. Could it be because they can’t tell the apple of their eye what their real feelings are? Do they feel like they don’t show their love enough? That seems to be the case and why Louisiana locals are googling these questions.

Top & Rising Queries of All US States

These are the five top & rising  “how-to” questions in every US state:

State

Top searches

Average searches / month

Rising searches

Rise percentage

Alabama

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to get a passport
how to lose a guy in 10 days

5,400
2,900
2,900
1,600
1,600

how to play wordle
how to cancel paramount plus
how to watch yellowstone
how to lose a guy in 10 days
how to fall asleep fast

1600%
150%
100%
50%
50%

Alaska

how to tie a tie
how to train your dragon
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to write a check

880
720
390
390
320

how to cut a mango
how to train your dragon 3
how to watch yellowstone
how to write a check

2350%
250%
190%
80%

Arizona

how to tie a tie
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get rid of a sore throat
how to lower cholesterol

9,900
5,400
4,400
2,400
2,400

how to turn off iphone 13
how to watch yellowstone
how to get rid of mosquitoes
how to connect airpods to iphone

1050%
180%
70%
50%

Arkansas

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to write a check
how to pronounce
how to draw

2,900
1,900
1,900
1,600
1,300

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to share screen on facetime
how to get rid of a sore throat
how to get a passport in arkansas

1650%
1600%
600%
110%
90%

California

how to pronounce
how to draw
how get rid of sore throat
how to connect airpods to mac
how to fall asleep fast

27,100
22,200
18,100
14,800
12,100

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to make an nft
how to reset airpods
how to get rid of sore throat

1900%
1300%
170%
50%
50%

Colorado

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to watch yellowstone

9,900
6,600
3,600
3,600
2,900

how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to change a diaper
how to watch yellowstone
how to watch the super bowl
how to with john wilson

1300%
150%
120%
40%
40%

Connecticut

how to tie a tie
how to get rid of fruit flies
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get a passport

5,400
2,900
1,900
1,900
1,600

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to stop coughing
how to get a passport

2700%
650%
150%
60%

Delaware

how to tie a tie
how to get rid of fruit flies
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get a passport

1,300
720
590
390
390

how to watch yellowstone
how to make rice krispie treats
how to play wordle
how to lower cholesterol
how to cook spaghetti squash

2250%
1450%
170%
130%
90%

Florida

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get a passport

27,100
22,200
14,800
14,800
8,100

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to stop coughing
how to get a passport

2450%
1200%
750%
80%
50%

Georgia

how to get rid of sore throat
how to train your dragon 3
how to screenshot on windows
how to pronounce

14,800
12,100
8,100
6,600

how to create an nft
how to renew passport

300%
50%

Hawaii

how to tie a tie
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get water out of your ear
how to screenshot

1,300
880
720
720
720

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to turn off iphone 13
how to get water out of your ear
how to reset apple watch

2200%
2000%
1950%
300%
130%

Idaho

how to tie a tie
how to train your dragon
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to address an envelope

2,400
2,400
1,000
1,000
720

how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to make distilled water
how to address an envelope
how to cook artichokes

1550%
550%
90%
60%

Illinois

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot windows
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to lose a guy in 10 days

18,100
12,100
8,100
6,600
5,400

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to plan a wedding
how to fall asleep fast
how to get rid of a stuffy nose

2400%
110%
100%
90%
60%

Indiana

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to get rid of stink bugs

9,900
5,400
3,600
3,600
2,400

how to play wordle
how to buy nft
how to unclog your nose
how to watch yellowstone
how to fall asleep fast

2100%
250%
200%
190%
100%

Iowa

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to watch yellowstone

4,400
2,900
1,600
1,600
1,300

how to play wordle
how to get rid of boxelder bugs
how to watch yellowstone
how to use apple pay
how to right click on a mac

1850%
400%
140%
80%
80%

Kansas

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to screenshot
how to spell

3,600
1,900
1,600
880
260

Kentucky

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to watch yellowstone
how to lose a guy in 10 days
how to play wordle

5,400
2,900
1,600
1,600
1,600

how to play wordle
how to get rid of stink bugs
how to watch yellowstone
how to stop coughing
how to connect airpods to iphone

2050%
300%
180%
120%
50%

Louisiana

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get a passport

5,400
2,900
2,900
2,400
1,900

how to turn off iphone 13
how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to win friends and influence people
how to can tomatoes

2050%
2000%
1600%
90%
60%

Maine

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to play wordle
how to pronounce
how to lower blood pressure

1,900
720
720
720
590

how to play wordle
how to steam lobster
how to lose a guy in 10 days
how to watch yellowstone

4150%
1000%
350%
300%

Maryland

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to pronounce
how to get a passport
how to play wordle

8,100
6,600
4,400
2,400
2,400

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to stop coughing
how to reset airpods
how to get rid of ants

2000%
200%
120%
70%
50%

Massachusetts

how to screenshot on windows
how to play wordle
how to boil egg
how to draw
how to write a cover letter

8,100
4,400
3,600
3,600
3,600

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to make a qr code
how to hard boil eggs
how to use apple pay

2300%
700%
90%
60%
50%

Michigan

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to lose a guy in 10 days

14,800
8,100
6,600
4,400
3,600

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to get rid of a stuffy nose
how to become a notary in michigan
how to relieve sinus pressure

2500%
190%
80%
50%
40%

Minnesota

how to tie a tie
how to get rid of boxelder bugs
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to take a screenshot

8,100
4,400
3,600
3,600
3,600

how to play wordle
how to get rid of boxelder bugs
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to watch yellowstone
how to renew passport in mn

2750%
1100%
350%
200%
120%

Mississippi

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to screenshot on windows
how to cook rice

2,900
1,600
1,600
1,600
1,300

how to play wordle
how to borrow money from cash app
how to watch 1883
how to share screen on facetime

1250%
750%
750%
550%
550%

Misouri

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to get a passport

8,100
5,400
3,600
3,600
2,900

how to turn off iphone 13
how to watch yellowstone
how to get rid of a cough
how to stop coughing
how to get a passport

1850%
130%
80%
80%
60%

Montana

how to tie a tie
how to train your dragon
how to draw
how to make banana bread
how to pronounce

1,300
1,300
590
590
590

how to play wordle
how to make banana bread
how to deactivate facebook
how to train your dragon 3
how to write a cover letter

2200%
250%
170%
90%
90%

Nebraska

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to lose weight

3,600
1,900
1,300
1,000
720

how to watch euphoria
how to break a fever
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to watch yellowstone
how to recall an email in outlook

650%
180%
130%
90%
70%

Nevada

how to tie a tie
how to play craps
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to get rid of a sore throat

4,400
3,600
1,900
1,900
1,300

how to block spam calls on iphone
how to pop your ears
how to get rid of a sore throat
how to cook lentils
how to train your dragon 3

350%
300%
60%
60%
50%

New Hampshire

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to play wordle
how to pronounce
how to make banana bread

1,900
720
720
720
590

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to make whipped cream
how to watch yellowstone
how to make banana bread

3700%
1200%
300%
200%
110%

New Jersey

how to get unbanned from omegle
how to pronounce
how to change your display name on roblox
how to draw
how to play wordle

33,100
5,400
4,400
4,400
4,400

how to play wordle
how to get unbanned from omegle
how to buy nft
how to change your display name on roblox
how to be a good mother

2800%
2650%
300%
250%
70%

New Mexico

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to fall asleep fast
how to jump a car

2,400
1,300
1,300
590
590

how to play wordle
how to get rid of a stuffy nose
how to watch yellowstone
how to get hair dye off skin
how to jump a car

1800%
200%
200%
50%
50%

New York

how to tie a tie
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to play wordle
how to write a cover letter

27,100
12,100
9,900
8,100
8,100

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to get unbanned from omegle
how to buy nft
how to watch yellowstone season 4

2350%
1450%
500%
350%
350%

North Carolina

how to tie a tie
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get a passport
how to play wordle

14,800
8,100
6,600
4,400
4,400

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to reset airpods
how to get rid of a cough

2350%
110%
60%
50%

North Dakota

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to train your dragon 
how to pronounce
how to take a screenshot on windows

1,000
720
720
390
390

how to play wordle
how to open a checking account
how to get rid of boxelder bugs
how to cut mango
how to start a checking account

2850%
2400%
1850%
950%
850%

Ohio

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to get a passport

18,100
9,900
6,600
5,400
5,400

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to get rid of stink bugs
how to factory reset oculus quest 2
how to get rid of a stuffy nose

2150%
170%
160%
70%
50%

Oklahoma

how to tie a tie
how to train your dragon
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce

4,400
3,600
2,900
2,400
1,900

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to reset airpods
how to make hummingbird food

1850%
150%
50%
40%

Oregon

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to take a screenshot on mac
how to pronounce
how to tie a noose

5,400
4,400
3,600
2,900
1,900

how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to play wordle
how to help ukraine
how to build a bomb
how to tie a noose

1150%
1050%
800%
400%
250%

Pennsylvania

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to get rid of fruit flies
how to pronounce
how to draw

22,200
12,100
9,900
8,100
6,600

how to play wordle
how to stop coughing
how to cancel hellofresh
how to screenshot windows

2600%
110%
60%
40%

Rhode Island

how to tie a tie
how to play wordle
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to screenshot

1,600
590
590
480
320

how to play wordle
how to share screen on facetime
how to unclog a toilet
how to ripen avocados
how to watch yellowstone

3650%
1900%
110%
110%
90%

South Carolina

how to delete an instagram account
how to tie a tie
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to write a check

9,900
5,400
3,600
2,900
2,900

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to watch yellowstone
how to stop coughing

2800%
1700%
170%
70%

South Dakota

how to tie a tie
how to draw
how to train your dragon
how to screenshot windows
how to pronounce

1,000
720
720
590
390

how to cook bacon in the oven
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to make an omelet
how to connect airpods to mac
how to watch yellowstone

1600%
950%
650%
250%
170%

Tennessee

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot windows
how to pronounce
how to write a check
how to draw

8,100
5,400
4,400
4,400
3,600

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone
how to pop your ears
how to get a passport in tn
how to take a screenshot on windows

900%
140%
70%
50%
40%

Texas

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to get a passport

40,500
33,100
22,200
18,100
14,800

how to watch yellowstone
how to block spam calls
how to borrow money from cash app
how to reset airpods
how to stop coughing

130%
100%
70%
60%
60%

Utah

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to lose a guy in 10 days
how to draw
how to pronounce

5,400
4,400
2,900
2,400
2,400

how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to watch yellowstone
how to pop your ears
how to search for a word on a page

1850%
300%
120%
80%
60%

Vermont

how to tie a tie
how to play wordle
how to take a screenshot
how to cook quinoa
how to pronounce

880
390
390
320
320

how to play wordle
how to make hard boiled eggs
how to cook quinoa
how to jump a car
how to cook asparagus

3650%
1350%
1150%
130%
100%

Virginia

how to tie a tie
how to pronounce
how to draw
how to play wordle
how to watch yellowstone

12,100
6,600
4,400
3,600
2,400

how to play wordle
how to make mac dark mode
how to make folders iphone
how to be a good mother
how to i tell him i like him

2450%
1250%
1050%
900%
700%

Washington

how to tie a tie
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to play wordle

9,900
8,100
5,400
5,400
2,900

how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to reupholster a chair
how to share wifi password

2450%
1200%
100%
70%

West Virginia

how to tie a tie
how to boil eggs
how to draw
how to pronounce
how to get a passport

1,900
1,000
1,000
880
720

how to break a fever
how to play wordle
how to turn off iphone 13
how to get water out of your ear
how to tie a noose

2150%
2000%
1350%
1350%
300%

Wisconsin

how to tie a tie
how to get rid of fruit flies
how to screenshot on windows
how to draw
how to pronounce

9,900
5,400
4,400
2,900
2,900

how to turn off iphone 13
how to watch yellowstone
how to reset airpods
how to say hi in spanish
how to screenshot on windows

1500%
200%
70%
50%
40%

Wyoming

how to tie a tie
how to train your dragon
how to draw
how to cook spaghetti squash
how to pronounce

720
590
320
260
260

how to watch yellowstone season 4
how to train your dragon 2
how to cook spaghetti squash
how to cook asparagus

2100%
1850%
350%
300%

Methodology

We used the search term “how to” on Google Trends and limited the results to the United States for the past 12 months (August 2021 to August 2022). We then exported the report from every US state according to the top and rising queries.

To ensure accuracy in the result per state, we did not include searches that do not start with the phrase “how to.”