There's some U.S. states you want to have Thanksgiving in and some you don't — and it's not just whether your inlaws live there!
Amid the toasts and good times, there's also the Thanksgiving disasters. There’s more that can go wrong on Thanksgiving than undercooking the turkey and sending everyone home with food poisoning.
There’s all that drinking, arguing about politics, watching a favorite football team lose and worrying if your vegetarian niece and gluten-intolerant in-laws will find something to eat or storm away from the table.
The likelihood of any – or all – of those things happening may be determined by in which state you choose to celebrate the holiday, according to the the number crunchers at real estate app Estately.
They looked at salmonella and binge drinking stats from the Centers for Disease Control, game results from the National Football League and other figures such as Facebook user data on dietary preferences and enthusiasm for Black Friday sales to come up with their list.
Where does where you're having Thanksgiving rank?
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
For those who choose happiness, it will be better to make a beeline this Thanksgiving for sunny Hawaii, where there’s a very low chance of getting salmonella; Utah, which has a few picky eaters; Arkansas, which ranks low for binge drinkers or New Mexico, where salmonella, binge drinking and folks with dietary restrictions all appear to be at minimum.
Most miserable states
Steer clear, if you can, of states at the top of the misery index: Ohio, the number 1 state for citizens with
dietary restrictions; Iowa, which ranks 5th as the state with the most binge drinkers; and Pennsylvania, the 7th on the list of states split between republican and democrat voters.
“This is the first time I can honestly say we're thrilled to be 49th on a state ranking list,” said Monique Jacobson, tourism secretary for New Mexico, where Thanksgiving meals often feature red chili on the turkey and green chili on the apple pie.