Virginia Among States with Most Interest in AI

Everybody these days is talking about Artificial Intelligence, so decided to take a break from Virginia sports betting and look into which states have the most interest in the phenomenon. A lot of searches for ChatGPT are merely curious what GPT stands for. It’s Generative Pre-Trained Transformer – and not the Transformers that are coming to movie theaters Friday, although the world domination part may be similar.

Personally, I have no interest in Artificial Intelligence, because it may not be long before AI is writing these articles.

But that’s in the bleak future. 

For now, California is the state where there’s the most interest in Artificial Intelligence. This makes total sense – the Writers Guild is presently on strike as it hopes to prevent AI from writing episodes of “NCIS,” “General Hospital” and all future “Fast & Furious” movies. The search is also popular in California because so much is artificial there already. If you can get artificial lips (among other body characteristics), why not artificial intelligence?

States With Most Interest in Artificial Intelligence

Overall Rank State Average Interest on Google Trends (compared to other topics)
1California 94
2 Massachusetts 85
T3 Utah 83
T3 Washington 83
5Virginia 79
6 New Jersey 78
T7Oregon 76
T7 New York 76
9 Maryland 73
10Colorado 70

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Mass, Utah Come In At No. 2 & 3

Second on the list is Massachusetts, because the naturally intelligent students at Harvard and MIT are probably looking toward Artificial Intelligence to write their papers. ChatGPT is so much cheaper than paying the nerdy kid in the dorm room down the hall. Also, in Massachusetts, executives of the Celtics and Bruins are 24/7 seeking answers to “What happened?”

Utah is next. It’s unclear why, but possible that Artificial Intelligence wrote the governor’s recent “Pride Month” proclamation, which somehow managed to leave out the entire LGBTQ+ community.

Washington is tied for third place with Utah, but that’s an easy one: Washington is home to both Microsoft and Amazon, two companies hoping to lead the way in Artificial Intelligence before it swallows them whole. Amazon is already looking for ways for AI to improve its warehouse efficiency. Before it sets foot in an Amazon warehouse, however, AI wants better pay and mandatory break time.

Virginia Ranks No. 5

And in fifth place is Virginia. Hmm, what’s in Virginia that could have interest in Artificial Intelligence?

Maybe the Central Intelligence Agency, which could one day become the Central Artificial Intelligence Agency. The Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center are also among the many Virginia-based government spots which may also have an AI interest.

The other reason Virginia rates so high is because it’s the birthplace of the real AI. Allen Iverson was born on June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia. So, some of this AI searching is just practice.


BetVirginia utilized Google Trends to gather the average search interest of the terms “Artificial Intelligence,” “ChatGPT,” and “AI” in their report over the past 12 months (June 1 2022-June 1 2023) to finalize the Top 10 states with interest in artificial intelligence.

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Howard Gensler

Howard Gensler is contributing writer to Gensler a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of

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