As the warm summer nights and late night barbecue's are fast approaching, many of us will have our cameras at the ready and be looking out for the beautiful sunsets that we often miss out on in the cooler months.
Experts on travel insurance over at Forbes Advisor have done their homework in a curious attempt to discover the most picturesque US states, solely based on how many geocoded photos of sunsets are uploaded to Instagram.
Hashtag data from Instagram has been revealing a lot to us lately about the UK's most loved and photographed (opens in new tab) buildings, as well as the 10 most Instagrammed landmarks (opens in new tab) in America, and even the 20 most colorful photographic locations (opens in new tab) around the world, spoiler alert - they're mostly all in Italy.
This new research kindly brought to us by Forbes Advisor (opens in new tab), reveals that California lives up to its name and really is the golden state. Ranking in at top of the list, California had a percent of 20.45% sunset posts taken within the state. The average likes per images of sunsets uploaded to Instagram, captured in California, was 115.39 with the number of comments per post averaging at 5.72.
Take a look at the table we created below for a run down of the results gathered by Forbes Advisor, revealing the states with the most picturesque sunsets.
|Rank||American State||% Of Sunset Posts Taken in State||Average Likes Per Sunset Post||Average Comments Per Sunset Post|
The research has ranked Florida in second place for the most picturesque sunsets, following closely behind California in percentage of sunset posts captured in the state at 16.55%. The data interestingly also shows that Florida in fact had the worst average number of likes per post, at a sparse 48.65 likes.
This actually doesn't seem like very little at all, considering many Instagram users receive around 20 likes per post. Although, when compared with the mighty Arizona (rank 6) having the highest number of average likes at 118.98 per post, and beating out California, the data gets put into perspective.(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
The source of this data, gathered by Forbes Advisor, is based on the premise of asking what percentage of the overall number of posts on Instagram, specifically using the hashtag sunset and located in America, come from the mentioned state.
The research team supposedly reverse geocoded the collated #sunset Instagram posts, using America state level boundary lines from the United States Census Bureau. Popularity metrics were then calculated that involved recording the percentage of Instagram posts coming from specific states, the average number of likes per post and average number of comments per post.(opens in new tab)
A full dataset was comprised of 47 American states, with Maine, Guam, Virgin Islands and Nevada in joint-42nd place as the states with the least picturesque sunsets.
Surprisingly, despite only having 0.26% of sunset-related Instagram posts coming from New Hampshire (rank 38), the State has the highest engagement metrics with sunset posts achieving an average of 273.34 likes and 12.94 comments per post.
American states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Tennessee, Mississippi, and West Virginia were excluded from the research data as researchers stated the geocoding analysis of the mentioned states had no or marginal results.
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