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States that Beat California

For each selected category, name any of the U.S. states that ranks higher than California.
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Last updated: December 25, 2022
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First submittedSeptember 29, 2019
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Hint
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3
Largest area
Alaska | Texas
10
Lowest average precipitation
Nevada | Arizona | Utah | New Mexico |
Wyoming | Colorado | North Dakota |
Montana | South Dakota
2
Highest house prices
Hawaii
2
Busiest airport
Georgia
3
Highest percent Hispanic residents
New Mexico | Texas
4
Oldest national park
Wyoming | Montana | Idaho
2
Most golf courses
Florida
5
Highest median income
Maryland | Massachusetts | New Jersey |
Hawaii
4
Lowest % Donald Trump voters in 2020
Vermont | Massachusetts | Maryland | Hawaii
2
Highest maximum elevation
Alaska
2
Highest median computer programmer wages
Washington
3
Most international visitors
New York | Florida
7
Highest percent Catholic
Rhode Island | Massachusetts | New Jersey |
New Mexico | New York | Connecticut
2
Most horses
Texas
2
Highest percent Asian residents
Hawaii
2
Most population loss since the 2020 census
New York
2
Most 7.0 earthquakes since 1900
Alaska
4
Lowest obesity rate
Colorado | Massachusetts | Hawaii
3
Highest total Native American population
Arizona | Oklahoma
5
Earliest date of statehood west of the
Mississippi River
Missouri | Arkansas | Texas | Iowa
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Level 90
Oct 2, 2019
It's crazy that the Celtics alone have more titles than all the Californian teams. They also more than double the Texan teams.
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Level 86
Oct 4, 2019
The 60's were good to the Celtics.
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Level 67
Nov 14, 2019
The Kings and Clippers have never won, so it's really just about beating out the Lakers and Warriors combined, but even that is impressive given the Lakers' long history of success. If you include the championships that the Lakers won before moving to LA, they are only one behind the Celtics all-time total, which means that adding the Warriors' championships (four, I think?) would put the California teams ahead. The Lakers moved to LA in the 1970's, after the Celtics had won most of their championships. Since the Lakers moved, they have plenty more than Boston has.
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Level 76
Dec 26, 2022
The Kings' franchise does have an NBA championship, albeit not as an LA team at the time (Rochester).
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2019
I thought I typed in MA... maybe I accidentally typed Boston... only one I missed.
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2019
I do the same thing almost every time with Atlanta / Georgia.
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2019
I have not expected that New England is the catholic hotspot of the USA. Should not highly correlate the percentage of hispanics and the percentage of catholics?!
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Level 73
Oct 5, 2019
I suspect you haven't been around too many New England cities if you don't think Irish, Italian, and/or Hispanic immigrants have had a formative role in urban demographics.
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Level 69
Oct 13, 2019
I obviously underestimated the impact and distribution of the catholic, Europe-based immigrants.
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Level 59
Nov 14, 2019
Well it is literally called New ENGLAND, but mostly it's because it was part of the original 13 colonies of the UK so it was more heavily influenced by that then states like California, which were part of the US later than states like New York. Idk about New Mexico though, probably something to do with the Spanish mission system?
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Level 86
Oct 15, 2019
Irish was my first though, thus Massachusetts ^^.
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Level 65
Nov 14, 2019
Good quiz but very unusually tight on the timing, Should be 4mins imo
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Level 66
Nov 14, 2019
It was tight, but I was able to squeeze in Washington computer programmers at the last second for a 5/5.
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2019
still too little time to think about each question i think
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2022
Yeah I just ran out of time. I wasn't guessing dozens of states for each question either.
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2019
Really cool quiz, do this for more states if you get a chance.
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Level 69
Nov 14, 2019
There are several others; just search "states that beat" and you'll find them. : )
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Level 69
Nov 14, 2019
That computer programmer wages one seemed especially obscure. Like I know enough about NBA titles to make a few educated guesses, but I do not have a good sense for the rank ordering of wages among states for arbitrary professions.
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2019
Not especially arbitrary. Many competitive tech companies in the northwest. As well as other prosperous corporations.
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Level 78
Jan 2, 2023
My mind immediately went to Washington because of Microsoft and Amazon.
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Level 45
Jan 2, 2023
Most state questions involving tech=the Northwest.
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Level 51
Sep 3, 2020
Good quiz, but needs more time.
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Level 84
Nov 13, 2020
Yep, ran out of time. I was shocked when I noticed the timer was down under :10. Another minutes seems like a good idea.
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Level 57
Mar 26, 2021
Massachusetts as a whole has less NBA championships than California as a whole, and with the Lakers 2020 win, it is now tied for the single team lead
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Level 32
Apr 7, 2021
yes, if the Lakers were in Cali their entire franchise they would tie the Celtics, but since they were in Minnesota for a while, the titles they won there do not count for Cali
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Level 70
May 17, 2021
The Kings won in Rochester. And 5 of the Lakers came in Minneapolis. I think Warriors won 4 or 5 in Cali. so idk if Cali has 16 or 17
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Level 73
Mar 25, 2022
California has more championships than Massachusetts. Lakers and Celtics are tied, but Warriors have won like 5 in California so California has more.
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Level 70
Dec 25, 2022
Five of the Lakers’ championships were in Minnesota, but I agree that the states are tied overall at 17 with the Warriors’ 2022 win.
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Level 83
Dec 25, 2022
Boston Celtics 17, LA Lakers 12, Golden State Warriors 5 = a tie.
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2022
California wins again. Changed it to a different clue.
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2022
I don't even know what sport these teams play, so hurray for California winning and that question being removed!
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Level 71
Jan 2, 2023
you have no chance to finish this quiz if you are from outside the US, way too little time - at least another 2 minutes is required
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2023
Added a minute to bring it up to the standard 4 minutes.
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Level 68
Jan 2, 2023
Hawaii has the lowest obesity rate? Not believing that for a second.
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Level 66
Jan 2, 2023
Not everyone looks like Israel Kamikaweole on Hawaii
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Level 45
Jan 2, 2023
I was thinking the same. In any obesity country quiz, it's dominated by Pacific island nations. Then suddenly Hawaii is the least obese state in America? Strange.

Also strange is that when you move over to East Asia you suddenly find the least obese populations again. I guess there's a lot of biological/cultural differences there I'm just not privy to.

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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2023
It's not a mystery when you consider that the population of Hawaii is plurality East Asian.

Native Hawaiians are probably more likely to be obese, but make up only about 11% of the population.

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Level 52
Sep 6, 2023
Typing Hawaii or Texas on each question sure helps a lot