SwiftKey, maker of the popular iOS and Android keyboard app which learns and predicts users’ favorite words, has released data analyzing the use of more than one billion emoji to determine the most and least popular emoji in each U.S. state.
Many of the results make sense.
New York, for instance, ranks at the top for the Statue of Liberty emoji, while Iowa is the top state for the corn emoji. Hawaii is the top state for multiple emoji, including surfing, rainbows, waves and pineapples, but is, interestingly, also the leading state for the basketball emoji.
In terms of overall emoji categories, South Dakota leads the use of ‘happy’ emoji, while New Jersey uses the most ‘sad’ emoji.