Which Gymnast Does Your State Love the Most?

by | May 15, 2015 | Articles

Gymnastics fans, pack your bags for New Hampshire. That’s where your people are! (Of all places!)

If you miss the Perfect 10, head for South Dakota!

We analyzed Google trend data to discover where the most dedicated gymnastics fans live. As it turns out, Kyla Ross’s biggest fans aren’t in her home state of California. They’re in her birthplace of Hawaii.

And it appears that Marta does a lot of Googling for Aliya Mustafina in Texas.

Where do you find your fellow gym nerds? Just check the maps.


The states with the most gymnastics fans per capita.


The states with the most Perfect 10 fans per capita.


The states with the most Nastia Liukin fans per capita.


The states with the most Alexandra Raisman fans per capita.


The states with the most Gabby Douglas fans per capita.


The states with the most Jordyn Wieber fans per capita.


The states with the most Kyla Ross fans per capita.


The states with the most McKayla Maroney fans per capita.


The states with the most Aliya Mustafina fans per capita.


The states with the most Simone Biles fans per capita.


The states with the most Sam Mikulak fans per capita.


The states with the most Kohei Uchimura fans per capita.



  1. Kari

    McKayla, Gabby and Nastia are the most popular? I’m a little surprised and a little not surprised…Nastia’ hasn’t competed seriously since Beijing but has somehow been stayed relevant in media… but the other two? Well i guess they are media darlings as well, come to think of it. The fact that TMZ stalks Mac should be indication enough. I’m sad Simone, Kohei, and Aliya’s maps aren’t pinker; they’re the most accomplished of the group!

    • GymCasticCrew

      Nastia’s map is influenced by being a female Olympic all-around champion, which gives her a big boost, and by being on Dancing with the Stars, a show with 17 million viewers.

      As for McKayla, her “unimpressed face” certainly helped her. Unfortunately, the recent phone hacking situation probably boosted the number of searches for McKayla’s name, as well.

      As for Gabby, there’s the whole Olympic all-around champion thing. And don’t forget about Oprah.

  2. Kaboom

    So it appears that all gymnastics fans live in the USA, what a coincidence ! It\’s always funny to see how you guys in the USA believe that the world stops at the US border.

    • GymCasticCrew

      Hi Kaboom – We considered doing a world map, but Google’s data would still limit us to the English-speaking world. Google’s trend data is based on exact phrases. So, when we look up “gymnastics,” we don’t see data for the equivalents in other languages like “gimnasia” in Spanish.

      For the keyword “gymnastics,” the top location is actually not the United States. It’s the Isle of Man in the British Isles. Number 2 is the United States, followed by Canada, Australia, Botswana, and the United Kingdom.

    • MNNYer

      Thanks Gymcastic for the nice explanation about a world map. Kaboom, this is a website for thoughtful and kind gymnastics fans. This is not a place where most of us want there to be the kind of vitriol and hate-mongering found in your post. We love gymnastics. Period.

      Furthermore, Gymcastic is a U.S.-based podcast/website and the majority of the audience is U.S. based, so this topic is of interest to many people. Additionally, it says right in the title what geographic area is surveyed, so to expect anything else is unrealistic. If you don\’t want to read about this, then don\’t click the link. Also remember that Gymcastic does cover gymnastics all over the world, which is why there are so many international fans in addition to American fans.

      Please be more considerate before you write and remember that Gymcastic is a place of welcoming, not hate.

  3. ricky86

    i\’m surprise Kohei isn\’t more popular. just like i\’m surprise Aliya is more popular then Simone, i can\’t believe Texas, notorious anti-Russians, loves Aliya lol.

    • GymCasticCrew

      We, Americans, are a shame for not knowing more about Kohei!

      As for Aliya, the easiest explanation is that she has been to the Olympics, which is when a lot of Googling happens in the U.S. Simone has not been to an Olympics – yet. *Knock on wood.*

      What’s interesting about Simone’s map is that some of the states overlap with locations that she has competed. The U.S. Classic is in Chicago, Illinois. She has competed at Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA, and she has competed at the American Cup in Massachusetts. The data suggests that a lot of spectators (and journalists) are Googling her at the event.

      • ricky86

        thanks for the clarification! another qs, what’s the timeline for the chart?? it starts from the 2012 Olympics or is recent?? thanks

  4. Cassie

    Interesting data, but is it really a reflection of who is loved most, or is it just who (or what) is googled most. There is a big difference.

    And does the data for \”perfect 10\” take into account that there are nail and hair salons in SD with that phrase in their name? Or that in Texas there are strip clubs with that name? Lol

    Context is important.

    • Guest

      It is only representing the distribution of searching volume of a certain name among states, but not the absolute volume.

      If someone is loved in a particular state, then the distribution would go extreme.

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