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May The 4th Be With You: Utah is most Star Wars-obsessed state + fun facts

May 4, 2022, 12:35 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 11:01 am
"The Rise of Skywalker," the final "Star Wars" movie, will be released on December 19 in the UK. (s...
"The Rise of Skywalker," the final "Star Wars" movie, will be released on December 19 in the UK. (starwars.com)
(starwars.com)

Time to raise a glass of blue milk because it’s May 4, Star Wars Day.
With a mix of classic and new Star Wars legends, in honor of the big day, we rounded up some of the most interesting Star Wars stats to boost your knowledge.

Our friends over at Shane Co. went into hyperdrive and researched the most Star Wars-obsessed states in the U.S and other search-term-based data on one of the most popular franchises of all time.

Potential spoilers ahead, read with caution.

Top Five Star Wars Obsessed States

Google Trends ranks each state from zero to 100 for any given search term. A state’s rank is based on search interest for a keyword proportionate to all searches in the state during a certain period.

To determine the most Star Wars-obsessed states, Shane Co. totaled and researched 217 search terms in the following categories, heroes/Jedis, villains/Sith, locations, vehicles, and alien races. As a result, they determined which states searched the most Star Wars-related topics and the most popular ones by category.

The search terms were collected in February of 2022, tracking searches over the last three years for each term from February 2019 to February 2022.

It’s the wild west out in the galaxy; no wonder the top five Star Wars-obsessed states are in the western part of the U.S.

#5 California

Coming in at number five is California. Not only does it make the list, but the state is home to original filming locations of the Forest Moon of Endor (Del Norte County) and various scenes on Tatooine (Death and Buttercup Valley), not to mention all of the new Star Wars live action shows on Disney+

Most Popular Search Terms:

Most Searched Hero/Jedi – R2-D2

Most Searched Villain/Sith – Orson Krennic

Most Searched TV Show/Movie – The Last Jedi

Most Searched Location – Kashyyyk

Most Searched Vehicle – Mon Calamari Cruiser

Most Searched Species – Jawa

#4 Colorado

Behind California is Colorado, and surprisingly, their most searched location isn’t Hoth.

Most Popular Search Terms:

Most Searched Hero/Jedi – R2-D2

Most Searched Villain/Sith – Bossk

Most Searched TV Show/Movie – The Book of Boba Fett

Most Searched Location – Nal Hutta

Most Searched Vehicle – Imperial Shuttle

Most Searched Species – Lasat

# 3 Oregon

In third place is Oregon. Following suit with California and Colorado, the most searched hero is the most famous astromech droid in the galaxy, R2-D2.

Most Popular Search Terms:

Most Searched Hero/Jedi – R2-D2

Most Searched Villain/Sith – Wat Tambor

Most Searched TV Show/Movie – The Last Jedi

Most Searched Location – Dathomir

Most Searched Vehicle – Imperial Star Destroyer

Most Searched Species – Gungan

#2 Washington

In second place is Washington. California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington all share droids as their most searched hero/Jedi. California, Oregon, and Washington share “The Last Jedi” as the most searched TV Show/Movie.

Most Popular Search Terms:
Most Searched Hero/Jedi – C-3PO

Most Searched Villain/Sith – Mother Talzin

Most Searched TV Show/Movie – The Last Jedi

Most Searched Location – Coruscant

Most Searched Vehicle – Y-Wing

Most Searched Species – Ithorians

#1 Utah

First place goes to Utah as the most Star Wars-obsessed state. This is the first state in the top five not to have a droid as its most searched Hero/Jedi. The search terms that cracked the top of Utah’s list are more popular ones, contrary to the other states that showed more niche or lesser-known terms.

Most Popular Search Terms:

Most Searched Hero/Jedi – Yoda

Most Searched Villain/Sith – Darth Vader

Most Searched TV Show/Movie – The Mandalorian

Most Searched Location – Naboo

Most Searched Vehicle – Death Star

Most Searched Species – Mandalorian

 

Most Searched Hero/Jedi Grogu, or “Baby Yoda”

The cutest little Jedi in training, Grogu was the most popular Hero/Jedi searched throughout the United States. Grogu beat classic characters from the Star Wars universe by a long shot.

Unofficially nicknamed “Baby Yoda,” this foot-tall carnivore stole the hearts of Star Wars ultra fans and casual fans alike. Even those who don’t consider themselves fans melt at his alien coos. Not bad for a combination of puppetry and CGI.

Most Searched Villian/Sith Sheev Palpatine, or Darth Sidious

Sheev Palpatine or Darth Sidious, the main antagonist in much of the film and TV renditions of Star Wars, gained a boost in popularity. Surviving from what we thought was his end in Return of the Jedi, his soul entered a clone of his body and announced himself as the grandfather of the Jedi Rey in The Rise of Skywalker.

Most Searched Movie/TV Show

The Last Jedi
Even after more recent releases like “The Rise of Skywalker,” “The Mandalorian,” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” the 2017 movie cracked the top most searched Movie/TV show of the Star Wars franchise. It’s the second highest-grossing Star Wars film behind The Force Awakens and ranked 15 among the highest-grossing films of all time.

The movie marked the end of the Skywalker legacy to make room for a new era of stories set in the galaxy far, far away. Although that hasn’t stopped Disney and Lucasfilm from exploring more in depth stories of fan-favorite characters from the original films and beyond.

The “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series is set to release its first episode on May 27, 2022.

Most Searched Location

Kashyyyk

Although the Wookie homeworld didn’t see much screentime to show off its furry residents – unless you count the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special – it made the top searched location. Chewbacca would be proud.

Most Searched Vehicle

Star Destroyer

Surprisingly neither the Millennium Falcon, which made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, nor the Death Star destroying X-Wing made the top most searched list.

Not-so-fun fact: At the peak of the Empire, they boasted over 25,000 Imperial Star Destroyers.

Most Searched Species Overall

Sith

The Sith are not just a sect like the Jedi Order. Sith (also referred to as Sith Purebloods or Red Sith) is a species of red-skinned, humanoid aliens. The majority of the population were force-sensitive and embodied, you guessed it, the Dark Side of the Force.

Exiled Jedi found the Sith species and began reigning over them as Sith Lords, creating the Sith Order. After the Jedi-Sith War during the fall of the Old Republic and interbreeding between Sith and humans, red-skinned Sith are extinct as we know them today.

Fun Fact: According to the comics, the Sith species favors left-handedness.

Highest Grossing Film

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

The 2015 movie “The Force Awakens” reached a worldwide gross of $2,069,521,700. It’s also currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time after James Cameron’s “Avatar,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Titanic.”

Star Wars is presently the second highest-grossing film franchise, behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and has a total worldwide box office revenue of over ten billion U.S. dollars.

Most Expensive Piece of Star Wars Memorabilia Sold
R2-D2

In 2017, a complete R2-D2 droid used in the first 1977 Star Wars film sold for $2.76 million.
The sale made the droid the most expensive Star Wars memorabilia ever sold.

An Adorable Filming Cover Up
Porgs

Porgs are little bird-like creatures that inhabit Luke Skywalker’s island on Ahch-To. They aren’t just a cute addition to annoy Chewbacca; the filming location is a reserve for puffins. Unfortunately, the film’s creators couldn’t legally move the puffins, and editing them out was challenging, so they created porgs.
So Let’s Settle This, Who Shot First?

Han Shot First
In the original 1977 release of “Star Wars: A New Hope,” in the Mos Eisley cantina scene where Han Solo is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo, Han shoots Greedo dead. George Lucas later edited this scene in the 1997 Special Edition re-release of the film where Greedo attempts the first shot.

Lucas wanted it to appear that Han acted in self-defense; fans stood on the offensive after this change, making it an incredible controversy amongst the Star Wars community. Many fans thought it went against Halo Solo’s character.

Queue the Cantina Music
Star Wars spans generations of fans, and creators show no hints of slowing down. There are more galaxy adventures in the works, legends to discover, and hopefully more facts to uncover.

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May The 4th Be With You: Utah is most Star Wars-obsessed state + fun facts