Why is Maryland so...rich

(Julie Scharper, The Baltimore…)
January 27, 2014|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

Oh Maryland, my Maryland, why are you so rich, boring, expensive and liberal?

Rich, boring, expensive and liberal?

No, we're not trying to imply that Maryland is a giant Takoma Park.

Those are the top results that autocorrect suggests when you type "Why is Maryland so" into Google.

Perhaps the results shouldn't be such a surprise since Maryland does lead the nation in median household income.  That, of course, helps explain why things can be so expensive here.  And seeing how long Maryland politics have been dominated by Democrats, it's no great surprise that people see our state as liberal.

But boring? Please.

A state that has an island full of wild ponies, races homemade sculptures and celebrates the beehive can hardly qualify as boring.

Plus, John Waters. And The Star-Spangled Banner. And crabs. It's impossible to be bored when there are crabs to eat.

Other states are the subject of much more interesting queries, The Atlantic reports today.

People want to know why Mississippi is so backwards, Illinois is so corrupt and Pennsylvania is so haunted.

A map of the top query for each state, which was compiled by @Amazing_Maps can be found here.

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