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Utah #1 top hiking state during COVID-19

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SUU students hiking near Cedar Breaks. (KUTV file)

As Americans are and hunkering down amid various stay-at-home orders across the country -- people in Utah, more than anywhere else, are hitting the hiking trails.

Utah is the number one state for hiking during the past 30 days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That's according to Twitter trends compiled by bestsurvival.org, which turned the data into this map:

The study's authors say the map is "based on geotagged Twitter data in the last month (30 days) tracking tweets about hiking, camping, and other 'social distancing' outdoor activities. This includes hashtags like #hiking, #backpacking, #camping, and more. Over 100,000 tweets were tracked," according to a news release.

All of the top ten states are west of the Mississippi River with Missouri (#10) the only state east of Colorado (#7). Lousiana came in last place.

The top states for hiking during the coronavirus pandemic:

  1. Utah
  2. Arizona
  3. Wyoming
  4. Montana
  5. New Mexico
  6. Hawaii
  7. Colorado
  8. Nevada
  9. Oregon
  10. Missouri
  11. New Hampshire
  12. Washington
  13. California
  14. Idaho
  15. Maine
  16. Vermont
  17. Alaska
  18. North Dakota
  19. Delaware
  20. Iowa
  21. Minnesota
  22. Connecticut
  23. South Dakota
  24. North Carolina
  25. South Carolina
  26. Florida
  27. Texas
  28. Nebraska
  29. Wisconsin
  30. Virginia
  31. Oklahoma
  32. Indiana
  33. Ohio
  34. West Virginia
  35. Georgia
  36. Alabama
  37. New Jersey
  38. Illinois
  39. New York
  40. Massachusetts
  41. Rhode Island
  42. Kansas
  43. Kentucky
  44. Arkansas
  45. Pennsylvania
  46. Maryland
  47. Tennessee
  48. Mississippi
  49. Michigan
  50. Louisiana

You can learn more about how Twitter tracks geotagged tweets here and how specific searches for hashtags and phrases here.