America What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?  

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There's something strangely telling about the most purchased Walmart item by state. Some of them make complete sense. Wyoming residents love to buy flannel shirts. That fits. But some things seem to have no connection to their states until you learn a bit more (like the official dessert of Maine, which you'll learn ahead).

Like other ubiquitous companies like Disney or McDonald's, Walmart inspires a fascinating sort of fandom. This list of US states and their best-selling Walmart items fit in alongside collections of Walmart facts, Walmart fails, and nightmare stories unique to Walmart employees. Prepare to see a lot of statistics about national obesity rates because those are relevant in a lot of cases. Don't worry, there are happy things like the number of dogs per state, too.

Alabama – Crayons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Alabama – Crayons

Alabama isn't ranked particularly high when it comes to the most artistic states in the US. Despite that, they still love their crayons.

Alaska – RV & Marine Antifreez... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Alaska – RV & Marine Antifreeze

The outdoor recreation scene in Alaska is overwhelming. Each year, residents spend $7.3 billion on these activities, and that economy has accounted for 72,000 jobs. It's no surprise they want to keep their RVs and marine vehicles topped off.

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Arizona – L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls

The snow birds that flock to Arizona may be to blame, as they're likely buying these dolls for their grandkids. That definitely explains the preeminence of L.O.L. Surprise! toys in the state.

Arkansas – Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Arkansas – Chocolate

Apparently, a slew of artisan chocolatiers call Arkansas home. That doesn't really account for all the name-brand chocolate bought at Walmart, though.

California – Protein Powder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
California – Protein Powder

California residents spending bundles of money on protein powder affirms the stereotype of the musclebound beach bro. 

Colorado – Peanut M&M's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Colorado – Peanut M&M's

Colorado hosts its own chocolate festival every year, which might explain their gravitation towards these popular candies. Also, who doesn't love M&M's?

Connecticut – 'Ghost In Th... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Connecticut – 'Ghost In The Shell' DVDs

Why Connecticut residents love this film may remain a mystery. It's not even certain whether the state prefers the 1996 original or the controversial 2017 adaptation.

Delaware – Spiced Jelly Candy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Delaware – Spiced Jelly Candy

Apparently, Delawareans are in love with cinnamon-flavored jelly beans. Spiced jelly candies have a cinnamon flavor. Coincidence? Probably. 

Florida – Sparkling Cider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Florida – Sparkling Cider

The state beverage of Florida is, obviously, orange juice. Floridians seemingly go elsewhere for that commodity and hit their nearest Walmart for some crisp sparkling cider.

Georgia – Fischer-Price Laugh ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Georgia – Fischer-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair

As of 2014, Georgia had the 14th highest birth rate in the nation, maybe explaining why such a specific children's item sells so well there.

Hawaii – Farmer Barbie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Hawaii – Farmer Barbie

Hawaii's volcanic soil makes it an ideal place to produce a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and other crops. That makes this Barbie an especially appropriate role-model to inspire young girls.

Idaho – My Little Pony Collect... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Idaho – My Little Pony Collectibles

When you think Idaho, you might picture real-deal, seasoned cowboys (or potatoes). Their top-selling Walmart item is kind of related to cowboys, though Twilight Sparkle will forever run free.

Illinois – Erasers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Illinois – Erasers

Illinois residents seem to be prone to making whatever the hand-written equivalent of typos are.

Indiana – Instant Coffee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Indiana – Instant Coffee

Overall, the Midwest consumes more cups of coffee per day than any other part of the US. Who know how much of that is driven by Indiana's instant coffee reserves.

Iowa – Water Softening Crystal... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Iowa – Water Softening Crystals

Iowa doesn't put up with hard water.

Kansas – Ozark Trail Tumblers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Kansas – Ozark Trail Tumblers

Since Ozark Trail Tumblers are intended for outdoorsy activities like camping trips into the woods, it's a little ironic that a Great Plains state likes them so much.

Kentucky – 4X6 Photo Prints is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Kentucky – 4X6 Photo Prints

In terms of photo dimensions, 4"x6" is somehow both standard and oddly specific. Kentuckians must need some decorations to help fill out their desks at work.

Louisiana – Root Beer Extract is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Louisiana – Root Beer Extract

Emile Zatarain started selling root beer extract in Louisiana in 1899, and Zatarain's is an instantly recognizable Creole cooking product brand. So, while root beer extract may seem like a truly random product to sell so well, it actually makes a lot of sense for the Pelican State.

Maine – Brownie Mix is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Maine – Brownie Mix

Many in Maine believe the first brownie was baked in their home state. Whether or not that's true, this delectable dessert is indeed the unofficial Walmart treat of the state.

Maryland – Glue Sticks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Maryland – Glue Sticks

Maryland is just outside the top ten among the best states for education, so maybe this is a concerted effort to boost their arts-and-crafts grades.

Massachusetts – Refrigerators is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Massachusetts – Refrigerators

Massachusetts is the 6th richest state in the nation. That might explain why even their Walmarts sell such big ticket items so regularly. 

Michigan – Lavender-Scented Cl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Michigan – Lavender-Scented Cleaning Products

Lavender is a great scent. The larger question is why does the entire state of Michigan love it so much?

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Minnesota – Flamin' Hot Cheetos

In 2012, a group of kids at a Minneapolis YMCA recorded the viral hit "Hot Cheetos and Takis." In 2017, the state of Minnesota bought Flamin' Hot Cheetos at Walmart more than any other item. You do the math.

Mississippi – Oil-Less Fryer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Mississippi – Oil-Less Fryer

As of 2016, Mississippi was the second most obese state in the nation. So, maybe they're trying to improve their spot on that list by leaving the oil out of their fried foods.

Missouri – Life Savers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Missouri – Life Savers

In 2017, the US Census reported that grandparents represented a larger percentage of the US population than ever before. The results weren't broken down by state, but Missouri's grandparent population may be boosting the sale of hard candies.

Montana – Madden Video Games is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Montana – Madden Video Games

Montana is one of 28 states without a professional football team. That makes it all the more surprising they're so ravenous for this long-running franchise. 

Nebraska – Pressed Makeup Powd... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Nebraska – Pressed Makeup Powder

When it comes to cosmetics, pressed powder could be the most popular item anywhere. Corn Huskers take special care to keep their complexions even.

Nevada – Dog Treats is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Nevada – Dog Treats

This could also indicate that Nevada has the highest number of Very Good Boys and Girls in the nation as well.

New Hampshire – Cinnamon-Flavo... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
New Hampshire – Cinnamon-Flavored Toothpaste

New Hampshire had the fifth most dental visits in the nation in 2015. While New Hampshirites clearly care about dental hygiene, their affinity for cinnamon flavored toothpaste is less intuitive.

New Jersey – Pool Salt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
New Jersey – Pool Salt

In 2014, Porch.com found that New Jersey was the ninth-most pool-loving state. The second favorite Walmart item is presumably bronzer.

New Mexico – Cat Food is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
New Mexico – Cat Food

New Mexico had the second-most pet owners in the nation in 2012. New Mexicans mostly own dogs, but they take care of their cats just as well.

New York – Cheerios is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
New York – Cheerios

New York is the 10th healthiest state in the US. While Cheerios aren't the most exciting breakfast option, at least they're relatively healthy.

North Carolina – Mayonnaise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
North Carolina – Mayonnaise

North Carolina is the 16th most obese state, which may explain why they buy so much mayo.

North Dakota – Watermelon Flav... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
North Dakota – Watermelon Flavored Gum

In the 2013 Census, North Dakota was one of the five least populous states. It's a sparse state, so maybe watermelon gum is just a little taste of the exotic.

Ohio – Grape Flavored Drink Mi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Ohio – Grape Flavored Drink Mix

When it comes to grape beverages, Ohioans may be inclined to say, "Oh Yeah!"

Oklahoma – BBQ Sauce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Oklahoma – BBQ Sauce

According to the blog Estately, Oklahoma has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other state, and those diners are never lacking for condiments.

Oregon – Humidifiers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Oregon – Humidifiers

You might think Oregon gets a lot rainfall in the Pacific Northwest, but the state actually ranks 36th in terms of average rainfall per year.

Pennsylvania – Plastic Hangers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Pennsylvania – Plastic Hangers

This is especially surprising for Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA, is the Steel City. Why aren't they at least buying metal hangers?

Rhode Island – Christmas Light... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Rhode Island – Christmas Lights

Rhode Islanders seem to really feel the holiday spirit. You'd be forgiven if you expected this to be more clam or coffee milk-related.

South Carolina – Coin Banks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
South Carolina – Coin Banks

South Carolina was the eighth state to get a state quarter, so they're probably proud of their coins.

South Dakota – Orange Juice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
South Dakota – Orange Juice

South Dakota farms do not produce oranges. If they can't grow them, orange juice is a fine consolation prize.

Tennessee – Disney Infinity Po... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Tennessee – Disney Infinity Power Discs

Tennessee kids must have made a run on these after Disney announced that they were canceling their Infinity video game and toy line in 2016.

Texas – TV Wall Mounts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Texas – TV Wall Mounts

Texans watch 165 minutes of TV per day on average according to a 2015 report, so they definitely enjoy the convenience of having their flat-screens mounted to the wall.

Utah – Personal Travel Care Ki... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Utah – Personal Travel Care Kits

Utah is a snowy, mountainous state. It's just good sense for residents to have travel care kits for when they need an escape to warmer climates.

Vermont: Canned Sweet Corn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Vermont: Canned Sweet Corn

Vermont is outside the top 40 for corn production in the states, so they have to get it however they can, even if that comes in a can.

Virginia – Coolers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Virginia – Coolers

Virginians make sure that every little league team and youth soccer squad stays hydrated with the number of coolers they purchase.

Washington – Vanilla Frosting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Washington – Vanilla Frosting

Washington is a very healthy state, so their affinity for vanilla frosting is a bit strange. Maybe all the state's coffee shops use it on their pastries.

West Virginia – My Life As Dol... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
West Virginia – My Life As Dolls

My Life As dolls are actually a Walmart brand, so they must have some prominent placement in West Virginia stores. 

Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers B... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers Bath Mat

The Packers are life in Wisconsin. This is probably the least surprising item on the list.

Wyoming – Flannel Shirts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list What Is The Best Selling Walmart Item In Every State?
Wyoming – Flannel Shirts

Wyoming can be pretty cold and pretty rugged. Flannel shirts keep you warm and look rugged. It's a great match.