This Map Shows The States Where Buying Stuff With Bitcoin Is The Most Popular

Overstock.com began accepting Bitcoin last Thursday.

We'd previously reported they weren't going to start taking the digital currency as payment for another few months, so the announcement surprised a bunch of people.

But reaction was swift: $130,000 worth of merchandise flew off the retailer's e-shelves on the first day.

Now, Overstock shares with us some data about the purchases.

Most popular items purchased with Bitcoin:

  • Sheets
  • Mobile phone cases
  • USB flash drives
  • Bath towels

Overstock also provided us with data for all 50 states. We threw it into a spreadsheet and re-calculated to adjust by population stats (transactions per million residents). Then we created a map.

Here's the states with the most Bitcoin transactions (on Overstock) per capita:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Utah (where Overstock.com is based)
  3. Oregon
  4. Vermont
  5. Washington

Of course, this is just the beginning so there aren't tons of transactions yet, and it's just on one site (albeit a mass market one). But it's not surprising that the state whose motto is Live Free Or Die is t he most into the currency.

overstock bitcoin mapRob Wile, data via Overstock.com and U.S. Census

StateTransactions per million residents
New Hampshire14.3563193117429
Utah9.99699400731918
Oregon9.92349999300266
Vermont9.57502832612546
Washington9.4672437668958
Massachusetts8.21775680938271
Alaska8.16179951355675
New Mexico7.1932544537035
Virginia6.90038805603357
Montana6.89543079203873
Idaho6.82324568150578
California5.94795213182039
Connecticut5.56161153255767
Nevada5.37608202610912
Wisconsin5.04987799320635
Minnesota4.98120058003313
Colorado4.93511556806882
Kansas4.83766690382753
South Dakota4.73441696246909
Maryland4.72269833393323
Arizona4.6780985310167
Maine4.51704506957002
Pennsylvania4.46225833641842
Florida4.44947695631227
Georgia4.30337083037143
New York4.27456399828875
Illinois4.19185173886161
North Carolina4.16325651955817
North Dakota4.14712334788974
Texas3.97002547584253
Missouri3.80531920754724
Rhode Island3.80404960100275
Nebraska3.74628849846616
Indiana3.50028047899664
New Jersey3.48340477871446
Michigan3.33480805956412
West Virginia2.69642949591868
Ohio2.6791560278245
Oklahoma2.59701945271451
South Carolina2.51317374261205
Iowa2.2650672271953
Delaware2.16041281168006
Hawaii2.1366699571384
Alabama2.06879915725398
Kentucky2.0476441285511
Tennessee1.84729689663358
Wyoming1.71627266767126
Louisiana1.51335972344432
Mississippi1.33725282135272
Arkansas0.675818830542821
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