Chalk up another category in which Minnesota ranks first! And, this time it has to do with our love of angling.
Did you know that we're currently in the middle of National Fishing and Boating Week? It's true, according to TakeMeFishing.org, it runs every year in early June, and kicked off this year on June 5th, and runs through June 13th. It's a week dedicated to getting out, enjoying the outdoors, and spending more time in nature. Plus, it says, fishing and boating allow you to release stress, relax, and enjoy wildlife.
Of course, you most likely didn't need to tell us that here in Minnesota, because according to this new online survey from boatsafe.com, the North Star State is the top state in the country when it comes to fishing. The boatsafe.com number-crunchers looked at over 320,000 pieces of geotagged Twitter data in the last month, tracking tweets, hashtags, and direct keyword phrases about fishing.
And Minnesota came out on top. Check out the list of states where fishing is the most popular:
4. South Dakota
5. West Virginia
9. North Dakota
Interestingly, my home state of Wisconsin (where fishing also appears to be pretty popular) didn't make the list. But Nebraska-- a state that USA Today says has a whole 'two dozen lakes' (which, of course, pales in comparison to our more than 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota)-- came in ranked second. Strange.
The survey went on to note that Minnesota is also among the safest boating states in the nation (3rd safest), with only 12.21 accidents per 100,000 registered watercraft, according to US coast guard data.
If you're a fan of fishing, you're also probably pretty familiar with some of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes, right? But just how many of these hard-to-pronounce lakes do you know how to say correctly? Only genuine Minnesotans will get them all correct... keep scrolling to check them out!