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Maps: State differences in the movies, TV shows and games people torrent

Highest per-capita torrenting by state. (Movoto)

CORRECTION: The data in the maps below reflects the title that most deviates from national trends and not the most popular title, as described in Movoto’s original post. As such, the data in some cases is based on very few downloads, as file-sharing news site TorrentFreak points out in a post noting problems with the data.

Over the past decade or so, torrenting has emerged as one of the most popular means of illegally (and sometimes legally) downloading games, movies and television shows. So, naturally, trends in that form of peer-to-peer file sharing reflect the interests of what at least one slice of the population—those willing to violate copyright laws—is interested in at any given moment in time.

The folks over at the Movoto blog—owned by housing information company Movoto Real Estate—decided to look into torrent activity by state and found a relatively wide variety of tastes for movies, TV shows and games. Over the course of 40 days, they collected data from almost 4 million “seed nodes”—users sharing some or all of a file—3 million unique IP address and hundreds of titles. While Movoto looked at a lot of data, the findings are not scientific and are in some cases based on very few instances of downloads, as file-sharing news site TorrentFreak points out. (In other words, the maps are just for fun.)

Movoto sliced the data up in various ways, but here’s a look at the movies, TV shows and games that make each state unique: The title listed for each state is the one that differs most from the national average in that category. Click on a map to see a larger version.

The movie torrented in each state that differs most from the national average


The game torrented in each state that differs most from the national average


The TV show torrented in each state that differs most from the national average

Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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