Midwest dubbed "beer belly of America"


Illinois and Wisconsin (especially Wisconsin) got us beat, but Minnesota still squeaks in as part of the "beer belly of America" uncovered via a statistical analysis by the blog FloatingSheep.

The geography bloggers set out to compare grocery stores vs. bars per capita, reasonably expecting more of the former than the latter. Their suspicions turned out to be true, but with a glaring exception: the Midwest.

We had expected that grocery stores would outnumber bars and for most parts of North America that is the case. But we could also clearly see the "beer belly of America" peeking out through the "T-shirt of data."

Starting in Illinois, the beer belly expands up into Wisconsin and first spreads westward through Iowa/Minnesota and then engulfs Nebraska and the Dakotas before petering out (like a pair of love handles) in Wyoming and Montana.

We expect Wisconsin to be defensively changing its state motto any second to: "There's a sandwich in every beer!"