The Most Uniquely Searched Pies By State, According to Google

updated Mar 13, 2020
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U.S. map of pi day pies
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Amidst all the chaos in the world today, falls one of the simplest, most mundanely lovely new traditions of recent years: Pie Day. Held on March 14, because it corresponds to the mathematical number for pi — basically the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (which is 3.14) — bakers around the world and the internet celebrate by baking pies of all types. If you haven’t figured out what to make yet, here’s something to guide you: Google figured out the most uniquely searched pies from every state in the country for the past year. Does yours look accurate?

  • Alabama: Sweet Potato Pie
  • Alaska: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Arizona: Lemon Pie
  • Arkansas: Buttermilk Pie
  • California: Boysenberry Pie
  • Colorado: Peach Pie
  • Connecticut: Ricotta Pie
  • Delaware: Tomato Pie
  • Washington, D.C.: Apple Crumble Pie
  • Florida: Sour Orange Pie
  • Georgia: Sweet Potato Pie
  • Hawaii: Hula Pie
  • Idaho: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Illinois: French Silk Pie
  • Indiana: Peanut Butter Pie
  • Iowa: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Kansas: French Silk Pie
  • Kentucky: Peanut Butter Pie
  • Louisiana: Sweet Potato Pie
  • Maine: Apple Pie
  • Maryland: Crab Pie
  • Massachusetts: Ricotta Pie
  • Michigan: Dutch Apple Pie
  • Minnesota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Mississippi: Sweet Potato Pie
  • Missouri: Blackberry Pie
  • Montana: Apple Pie
  • Nebraska: French Silk Pie
  • Nevada: Candy Cane Pie
  • New Hampshire: Apple Pie
  • New Jersey: Apple Crumb Pie
  • New Mexico: Millionaire Pie
  • New York: Apple Crumb Pie
  • North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
  • North Dakota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Ohio: Peanut Butter Pie
  • Oklahoma: Buttermilk Pie
  • Oregon: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Pennsylvania: Tomato Pie
  • Rhode Island: Ricotta Pie
  • South Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
  • South Dakota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Tennessee: Buttermilk Pie
  • Texas: Millionaire pie
  • Utah: Razzleberry Pie
  • Vermont: Apple Pie
  • Virginia: Coconut Pie
  • Washington: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • West Virginia: Peanut Butter Pie
  • Wisconsin: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
  • Wyoming: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

The most uniquely searched pie is the one that the state searches for more than the rest of the country, and for most of the Northwest, that’s strawberry rhubarb. Fruit pies in general were big in the west — except for Nevada, which seems to like candy cane pie the most (who knew?!). As might be expected, the South went big on sweet potato pie, while Texas led a band of states beating the drum of buttermilk pie. The Mid-Atlantic went savory, with crab pie in Maryland (way to stay on-brand) and tomato pie in Pennsylvania. The Rust Belt, meanwhile, goes hard for peanut butter pie. 

More granularly, the best part of the list is less the obvious versions, like apple pie, and more the things that are unique to a single state, like Utah’s predilection for something called razzleberry pie (pretty much just a fun name for a mixed berry pie), or Hawaii’s unique island-style hula pie (macadamia nut ice cream on chocolate cookie crust, topped with whipped cream and chocolate fudge). 

Whatever kind of pie you end up deciding to bake, know that the truly nerdy out there will time it to be ready to eat at 1:59 p.m.