Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society, serving as entertainment during a long commute, a means of speeding up time during the work week, or just as a fun way to pass the time after a long day. Finding a new podcast to enjoy can be a daunting task with so many genres and styles available, but rest assured there is a podcast out there for nearly anyone nowadays. Check out this map to see which podcasts are the most popular in your state. You may even discover some binge-worthy podcasts to start streaming!
Through the data we collected, we discovered some interesting trends relating to podcast categories. The talk show genre dominated the top podcasts across the country since most states had at least one talk show podcast featured in their top two. The Joe Rogan Experience was the podcast that appeared most often in the top two across the country, followed closely by The Last Podcast on the Left.
There were some notable regional trends as well. Most of the Southeast prefers either crime or comedy podcasts. Whereas the Northwest enjoys talk show podcasts, the Southwest prefers comedy podcasts.
We studied Google Search Trends Data to determine which podcasts are the most popular podcasts in each state. Through several top podcast charts, we determined the top 10 podcasts over the course of 2018 (January to August), and then used Google Search data to determine which states searched for certain podcasts the most. We featured the top two most searched podcasts for each state.
The Joe Rogan Experience
With over 1,000 episodes, this talk show style podcast hosted by comedian Joe Rogan provides in-depth conversations with some of the best in the business – from comedians to sports figures, top scientists and more. This podcast will give you a little bit of everything – and keep you laughing along the way.
Last Podcast on the Left
This comedy podcast unexpectedly covers various horrors of the world – from demons to cults, and so much more. Hosted by comedian Ben Kissel and produced by Marcus Parks, this podcast will satisfy any bloodlust or wonder you may have about horror in the world, either real or imagined.
My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
A true crime podcast staple, this podcast is part crime, part comedy, and all entertainment. Hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the two hosts discuss their favorite murders and mysteries via stories and information submitted by others.
Stuff You Should Know
A consistent presence in the top ten, this talk show- style podcast delves into some of the most popular questions about common things in everyday life. From zombies to twinkies, hosts John Clark and Chuck Bryant provide an in-depth look into all of your favorite topics (and even a few you didn’t even know you liked).
Host and LA Times journalist Christopher Goffard, tells the true story of John Meehan. Don’t let this handsome man fool you. He’s a master manipulator with a history of destroying lives. Find out his latest victim in this podcast turned movie. Yes, even Bravo has jumped on the podcast train and is turning it into film.
Up and Vanished
Hosted by Payne Lindsey, this true crime style podcast focuses on the mysterious disappearances of various people across the country. Told in a story format, this podcasts features one chilling case per season. This riveting crime podcast will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This American Life
As the only public radio program/podcast featured on the list, this news-style podcast provides short stories and snippets of life in America today. This podcast is hosted by Ira Glass and tells a series of compelling stories related to specific themes.
Centered on murder in small-town Alabama, season one of this crime podcast tells the story of an investigation into murder that occurred in Woodstock, Alabama. Produced by the minds behind Serial and hosted by Brian Reed, this is a gripping true crime podcast that will keep you guessing.
Created by NPR, this podcast is focused on providing insight and the most up-to-date information on the ever-changing global economy. This is one of the only podcasts on the list to not have one singular host, but a rotation of NPR giants hosting the podcast each week. This podcast is also one of the oldest, since it was created at the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2008.
Created by the New York Times, this podcast focuses on one news story per episode, and dives into the details behind the headlines. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, this twenty-minute podcast is the perfect daily brief to keep you up to date on the latest stories and headlines.