There’s no question that life has looked a little bit different for many of us recently. Restaurants, businesses, offices, and schools are closed temporarily, and many states have issued stay-at-home orders to help slow the spread of COVID-19. With all these measures in place, many Americans have found themselves with extra time on their hands, but how are they spending it?
There are in infinite number of things to do with free time, but since we’re in the business of helping students with their studies, we decided to take a look at which Americans are using their time in isolation to invest in their education. After crunching the numbers and breaking it out by state, here’s a quick look at the top 10:
- District of Columbia
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
To determine which states are using their free time for education, we leveraged data from Google Trends to see search terms that have spiked in popularity since mid-March. For our research we isolated four search terms:
- “free classes”
- “free online classes”
- “free courses”
- “free online courses”
These variations had more search volume than any other queries and provided a good base to determine which states were using their free time to seek out supplemental education. States were ranked 0-100 by Google Trends based on the relative popularity of the search term. For example, the term “free courses” received a score of 88 in Maryland and 44 in Kentucky, meaning that it is searched twice as much in Maryland.
With scores recorded for all four terms, we averaged them to determine which states have been searching most frequently for educational opportunities since stay-at-home measures were implemented in mid-March. Once all the scores were finalized, Vermont came out on top.
Check out the table below to see where your state ranked. Feeling inspired to do some learning yourself? We’ve got tons of great textbooks and resources waiting to be discovered.
|Rank||State||free classes||free online classes||free courses||free online courses|
|2||District of Columbia||100||100||93||63|
Google Trends. “Explore What the World is Searching.” trends.google.com/trends/. 21 April 2020.