It’s the time of the season for gathering around with loved ones, taking a break from NY online sports betting and finding the perfect piney accoutrement to celebrate the holidays.
Americans have started decorating their homes just in time for the Christmas holiday. While for some, that means taking the boxed Christmas tree out of the attic and dusting it off, others will be going to live tree farms to buy their holiday centerpiece.
How many folks are still doing this tradition? EmpireStakes.com seeks to find out by ranking the states based on their interest in buying a real Christmas tree.
EmpireStakes.com used Google Trends to look at the search volume for the queries “real Christmas trees near me” and “live Christmas trees near me” for the dates between the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (for 2022, we used the range of dates between the day after Thanksgiving and December 1st).
After gathering that data, we ranked the interest of the states based on the average search volume.
Here's what we found for the Empire State, regarding New York’s interest (or lack thereof) in finding the right tree for the holidays.
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States Most/Least Interested in Real Christmas Trees
New York Among States Least Interested in Real Trees
The state of New York ranked 41st out of 51 (50 states and Washington D.C.) for its search volume, at 15 out of 100.
The state ranked behind California (15.5) and ahead of Arkansas (14.7) and Kansas (10.5), when measured by search volume, showing where New York ranks nationally when it comes to holiday spirit.
The overall leaders in the real Christmas tree clubhouse were Delaware (49.5), New Hampshire (36.3), Louisiana (33.7), Ohio (33.3), and West Virginia (33.2).
Conversely, the bottom states for real tree search volume were tropical Hawaii and snowy Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming — all of whom scored a grand total of 0 apiece by search volume.
The median states for search volume in the U.S. were No. 25 Massachusetts (22.2) and No. 26 South Carolina (21.8).
New York’s neighbors showed varying levels of interest, with Pennsylvania coming in 13th, at 28.3, New Jersey ranking 21st nationally, at 25.3, and Connecticut coming in 33rd (18.5).
As we approach the holidays, now may be the right time to slip out and buy that perfect pine or spruce if you live in New York, as it appears few of your neighbors are bound to be doing the same thing.
That’s the takeaway from the Empire State’s search results, at least, as the New York state of mind evidently prefers synthetic Xmas trees to the real thing.
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