Sunday, September 20, 2009

Road Trip 2009: The Stats

Probably the most exciting single statistic is -- are you ready to be excited? good! -- that the trip put me into four digits! I've now got 1008 counties under my belt, close to a third of the national total.

State Rankings

New Jersey, now 91% complete, jumped from the 15th most complete (the 10th of the 45 states I haven't finished) all the way up to sixth (first among the incompletes). Just two more counties will complete it. Pennsylvania, now 52% complete, jumped all the way from 32nd to 16th most complete.

At the other end of the list, West Virginia (now 18% done) leapt from last to 37th. Ohio crawls from 48th to 47th, passing Texas and Kentucky while being vaulted by West Virginia; while Virginia drops from 45th to 46th despite adding on some new counties.

New York, now 37% complete, jumps to 25th from 29th; Maryland, with far fewer counties, leaps to 23rd from 38th almost effortlessly, now at 42% finished.

Where HAVEN'T I been, lately?

A nice thing about this trip is that in addition to losing my West Virginity, I was able to get to some states -- Maryland and Virginia -- that I haven't been to in a long time. That did some interesting things to the bottom ten list of "last visited" states.

Number one on that list is of course still Hawai'i, the last standing "never been to" state.

There are four states now that I haven't been to since 1994: Kentucky, Florida, and the Carolinas.

I haven't been to Texas (or D.C.) since 1997.

That brings up four states I haven't been to since 1999: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. KANSAS!!! In a way, I feel like I just moved back from Kansas! Apparently, I haven't been very good about getting back to visit.

Rounding out the list is Maine, last visited in September 2002, which is pretty recent when you consider I've visited 40 states more recently.

What Next?

No idea! Any suggestions?


Rebel said...

Get yourself to Thailand right quick! I could show you around in style now that I actually understand how to do things.... sort of. ;)

The Calico Cat said...

So where were you in MD? (I was here all last week.)

Jenners said...

Well congrats on your dubious accomplishment ... I'm still pissed you didnt' let me know you were in NJ!!!! It is a little state ... I could have seen you!

Michael5000 said...

@Rebel: I'm confused -- how would coming to Thailand help my county count?

@Calico: I trimmed the tip of the panhandle, then zipped down I-70, skirted Baltimore, and headed north towards York. I was at a Starbucks at some mall, but I didn't see you....

@Jenners: "dubious" indeed...

mhwitt said...

Alabama. Then Hawaii. You probably won't be able to tell them apart though.