Side-treked: Minnesota lacks nerds, new list reveals


When it comes nerds, Minnesota has fewer than the average state, at least according to the new findings by a real estate blog.

Analyzing information from Facebook data for every state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia, Estately, an online destination for home shopping, determined the nerdiest of states in four different categories: "Nerd Paradise," "Many Nerds," "Few Nerds" and "Nerd Hell."

Ranking the states and D.C. from No. 1 to No. 51, Minnesota came in at No. 36 to place last in the "Few Nerds" category. One of the state's western next-door neighbors, South Dakota, placed at No. 37, which qualified it for the "Nerd Hell" categorization.

The blog examined 12 different criteria to determines states' level of nerdiness. From No. 1 to 12, they were: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Cosplay (costume play), Harry Potter, "Star Wars," anime movies, Dungeons & Dragons, LARPing (live-action role-playing), "Doctor Who," fantasy lit, "Lord of the Rings," Magic: The Gathering and comic books.

Of Minnesota's other closest neighbors, Wisconsin qualified as a "Nerd Paradise" state with a No. 14 ranking, just one slot above North Dakota, which was the first listed in the "Many Nerds" category. Iowa also fell in the "Many Nerds" category, ranked at No. 17, just after Michigan.

No. 1 on the list was Utah, followed by Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado. Washington, D.C., was ranked No. 51.

This weekend, Minnesota nerds will be able to show their pride when the first-ever Comic Con Minneapolis is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner from "Star Trek," will be there, according to the Star Tribune.

Some of the other guests appearing at the event include Sean Astin (Samwise from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) and Michael Rooker, the bad guy-turned-good-guy-then-zombine from "The Walking Dead."

Speaking of the walking dead, Estately last month ranked the U.S. states the most and least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, and Minnesota didn't fare so well. Dubbed "Zombie-sota" by Estately, Minnesota ranked No. 38 on the list, which essentially meant the state's residents wouldn't have much of a chance surviving a zombie outbreak. Alaska was given the best chance to survive a zombie apocalypse.

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