How Much Do Ohio Residents Enjoy Potatoes?

Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

Would you like some fries with that Ohio sports betting wager?

The International Day of the Potato is celebrated on May 30 (by United Nations decree). BetOhio.com used Google Trends to see what states are the most potato-loving, according to search interest scores for “Potato recipe.” After ranking each state based on search interest score, we found Ohio’s favorite potato-based food and ranked the top five terms based on search interest score.

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Most Potato-Loving States

Rank

State

Search Interest Score

1

Maryland

100

2

Virginia

96

3

Michigan

80

4

New Jersey

60

5

Ohio

57

T6

Georgia

54

T6

Pennsylvania

54

8

North Carolina

52

9

Texas

49

10

New York

48

The chart above measures results for searches from May 14-21, 2024. Search interest scores are measured compared to other search terms.

The home of Ohio sportsbook apps is high on our chart of states most interested in (or at least searching the internet for) information about potatoes.

The Buckeye State is fifth among states seeking “potato recipe” answers in their browsers, with a search interest score of 57 (the top score is 100). Maryland (100 search interest score) is first, followed by Virginia (96), Michigan (80), New Jersey (60) then Ohio.

One of the most interesting aspects of the list is that none of the states on it are among the five states that produce the most potatoes. The one thing almost everyone knows about Idaho is that it’s famous for its potatoes and for good reason. It grows the most potatoes of any state, followed by neighboring Washington. Those two states combine for more than half of the nation’s supply, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

Ohio’s Favorite Potato Recipes

Rank

Recipe

Search Interest Score

1

French fries

39

2

Potato chips

37

3

Potato salad

18

4

Baked potato

17

5

Hash browns

8

It was a close race for Ohio’s favorite way to prepare and consume spuds. French fries had a statewide search interest score of 39 in the time period we studied, just a shaker of salt ahead of chips (37 score). Potato salad (18) and baked potatoes (17) were left to fight for third and hash browns (8) completed our list.

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Author

Ohio native Jim Tomlin has 30 years of experience in journalism, mostly in sports. He lends his expertise to BetOhio.com as a writer and editor after previous experience at the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition.

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