Ohio (sort of) isn’t named the most midwestern state

A member of the Toledo Walleye hockey team carries frozen walleye that a fan threw on the ice. The Washington Post dubbed the freshwater fish “the most Midwestern thing on Earth.” Photo: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ope, that can’t be true.

Driving the news: Using local Airbnb listing descriptions, The Washington Post recently rated the “Midwesternest” states in an effort to better define “America’s loosest region”.

  • The top three: Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.
  • Ohio, inexplicably, ranked second to last, edging out only South Dakota.

What they found: Rural people are more likely to describe themselves as Midwestern than city dwellers, so states like Ohio with large urban populations have slipped in the rankings.

The plot: Of the top 15 words mentioned in Airbnb listings in the Midwest, a third were related to fishing. “Walleye” was #1, so the Post dubbed it “the most Midwestern thing on Earth.”

🤔 Our opinion: There’s no way this study is the ideal way to judge which state best embodies the Midwest.

The bottom line: We must have a friendly Midwestern word with our colleagues at Axios Des Moines.

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