Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Map of American Food

You might not be surprised to learn that people in New Mexico like Latin American food. According to photo sharing site Trover people in New Mexico share photos of Latin American food more than people in any other state.

To find out what types of food are popular in different parts of America travel photo sharing website Trover has analysed a quarter of a million images of food and drinks, uploaded by its users in the USA.  In The Most Photographed Food in the USA you can explore the results of this analysis, including a number of choropleth maps showing what types of food are photographed the most in each state.

Trover used Google's Vision AI technology to detect what types of food and drink were being photographed by Trover users. Trover then calculated how often people in different states were taking pictures of all the different types of food to create state rankings for each category of food. The state where the photos in a category represented the highest percentage of all food photos in the state came top in the ranking for that type of food.

Some of Trover's findings were a little more surprising than the fact that people in New Mexico like Latin American food. For example California doesn't even make the top 10 list of states posting photos of healthy foods. Also the state that takes the second most photos of vegetarian food is BBQ-loving Kansas. You may or may not be surprised to learn that people in Mississippi and Ohio post the most pictures of fast food.

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