Guess What Your Neighbors Are Streaming On Netflix

By December 30, 2016
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What’s that old cliche? “You are what you eat”?

Well, apparently there’s a new cliche you can replace it with: “You watch where you live.” Except, that doesn’t really make any sense.

With Nielsen giving us the ability to see who’s watching what on television, getting a handle on the programs people like to stream has been a lot harder. Because Nielsen doesn’t track it, and services like Netflix and Hulu ain’t sharing their numbers.

So different groups are getting creative in trying to determine which streaming shows are more popular than others, including one Internet provider advocacy organization that not only breaks down what shows are the most popular – but they do it by state.

Yep, according to HighSpeedInternet.com, Pennsylvania loves older episodes of Showtime’s Shameless, while California is all about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Oregon, obviously, loved Portlandia, while Texas can’t get enough of Narcos.

While we might love to have a world where we can throw out stereotypes, apparently they are alive and well when we start looking at what people in individual states are watching on Netflix, according to writer Jocelyn Taylor. Southerners, she said, like violent dramas like Bloodline and Scandal, the “wild west” likes criminal shows including Orange is the New Black, while New England are focused on strong women in programs like Nurse Jackie and New Girl.

Some of the closest correlations we found were not between a state and the setting of a show, but between the demographics of that state and the characters or premise of the show. Rather than leaning towards regional differences, much of the popular streaming content seemed to correlate with a few identifying factors.

Like Arizona and Alaska, with a high incarceration rate, liking Orange is the New Black because “quite a few residents are no stranger to the inside of a cell,” Taylor said. But then there’s Wyoming and West Virginia, states with high gun ownership, loving shows that give them target practice like iZombie and American Horror Story.

HighSpeedInternet took the top 75 Netflix shows and cross-referenced them with Google Trends data to help create its list.

If you’d like to see how your state fared, check out this list, or you can just find yourself on the map below.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.