This map shows Americans' favorite Thanksgiving sides by state

The map highlights some regional differences.


The turkey is the most iconic part of Thanksgiving dinner, but it may not the favorite part of the meal. It's actually all about the sides! A 2020 survey found that when it comes to our favorite ones, Americans are full of surprises.

Career site Zippia released a map of peoples' favorite Thanksgiving sides by state. They used Google trends to find the favorite of more than 20 traditional side dishes to see which ones won out.

zippia map of the most popular thanksgiving sides

Not surprisingly, mashed potatoes were the top choice, coming in as the favorite for 10 different states. Mac & cheese was next as the favorite of a whopping seven different states. Some other top contenders are green bean casserole, rolls and stuffing. Turns out people love carbs!

This map also highlighted some regional differences, like stuffing versus dressing and rolls versus biscuits. Some states also went on their own, like Maine being the only state that likes side salad the best, and Indiana touted deviled eggs. You can see the whole breakdown on Zippia's website.