Do you have friends “in low places.” Do you have a “barbecue stain on a white t-shirt?” Have you ever kissed your cousin on the same road you drank your first beer and found Jesus?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions, there’s a good chance you are News 9 anchor Amanda Taylor. If you’re not her, then you’re just a good old country livin’, KXY listenin’, meth abusin’ Oklahoman. The Sooner state was recently named by Estately as the number one place in the country where life is most like a country song.
Truck yeah boot skootin woogie forever feels!
Estately set out with the simple mission—to determine which U.S. states have a lifestyle most similar to the themes in country music songs. To do this, we researched where people are most likely to drive pickups down dirt roads, have their heart broken by a cowboy or cowgirl, or sip cold beers or whiskey by the river after a long day of work. Here’s the criteria we used to find our results…
Pickup Trucks: Pickup truck sales for January-April 2014. (Source: Auto experts at Edmunds.com provided analysis of Polk registrations (January-April 2014), which measures all large truck vehicles registered to a retail buyer (excluding fleet sales).
Drinkin’: Per capita beer and liquor consumption (source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).
Baby Done Left: Percentage of men and women who are divorced or separated (source: U.S. Census).
Most religious: Percentage of population that says religion is an important part of their daily life (source: Gallup Poll).
Cowboys and Cowgirls: Since there’s no cowboy directory we simply measured the number of cattle and calves per square mile (source: CattleRange.com).
Hall of Fame Country Musicians: Number of country musicians in the Country Music Hall of Fame who were born in each state (source: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum).
Dirt Roads: Miles of unpaved roads managed by the Federal Highway Administration (source: Federal Highway Administration). Does not include private roads or Forest Service/BLM roads.
Supports the Troops: Active military personnel in each state (source: Census.gov).
Works Until the Day Is Through: Ranked from lowest unemployment rate to highest (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
I don’t know a whole lot about country music. The only time I listen to it is when I’m contemplating suicide and need a reminder about how bad the music in Hell must be, or dating a girl who’s not intelligent. That being said, this is cooler than cheating on Carrie Underwood down yonder by the Chattahoochee. Yeehaw!
To make it even better, we were named number one and they didn’t figure into the equation any Oklahoma dominated categories like teen pregnancy, prison incarceration rate, fewest average number of teeth per adult, and the average amount of money spent per month on cheeky wall ornaments. That’s freaking awesome! We suck at many things in Oklahoma, but it’s good to know we’re the best at livin’ like bad music.
Here’s the official chart: