Where Virginia Ranks Among States Who Want To Go To Space

Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

There’s something universal about the appeal of escaping the realm of earth and exploring the vast unknown that is outer space. With National Space Day coming up Friday and the crazy amount of interest in traveling to space over the past few years, we decided to look at which states’ residents are most looking to travel to space.  

With Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos both getting into the space game if you will, the topic has become a big talking point for people across the U.S. According to a survey of 1,020 people aged 18 to 64, Statista.com reported in 2019 that around 75% of U.S. residents are either very interested or moderately interested in “space exploration.”

Utilizing Google Trends, BetVirginia.com, your source for the best Virginia sportsbooks, looked at which states have been searching for the terms “Can I Go To Space” “How To Go To Space” and “Travel To Space” during the last 12 months. 

Once receiving the data from each term, we averaged out the data to receive our top 10 states most interested in traveling into space. 

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States With Most Interest In Going To Space

Rank State Level Of Interest In Search Terms
1 Oklahoma 91
2North Carolina 83
3 Virginia 82
T4Rhode Island 79
T4 Nebraska 79
6 Kansas 77
7Washington 75
8 South Carolina 74
T9Colorado 72
T9 Utah 72

Virginia Among Leading States For Space Interest

There are few states in America that have more interest in visiting outer space than the Commonwealth, which ranked third overall nationally in terms of search traffic interest at 82. 

Virginia ranked behind Oklahoma (91) and North Carolina (84) nationally by those metrics, while ranking ahead of places like Rhode Island and Nebraska, which tied for fourth place at 79.  

The Commonwealth also ranked ahead of other states, such as Kansas (77), Washington (75), South Carolina (74), Colorado and Utah (72 apiece), illustrating Virginia’s unique connection with the great beyond.  

With space travel being more and more available by the day, maybe someday soon the average Virginia resident will be able to venture to the outer space. For now, at least Commonwealth residents can take solace in knowing that their desire to go to outer space is shared by many of their neighbors.  

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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