01 September 2014

Fun with Numbers

I'm working on a Kickstarter campaign that recently broke the record for the highest-funded campaign in the state of Maine. Naturally, being a stat nerd, that got me searching for the most-funded campaign in other states (looking at you, New Hampshire), and then, well, I went looking for more numbers. So let's look at them by state. Only one of the campaigns is still active, so that number will naturally change. Here's the widget, for easy reference of the new number.


Oregon, with the new all-time leader, is obviously going to do well here, but here's a full map. Fun fact: 17 states have had a campaign reach $1M.

Most-funded Kickstarter campaign, by state

This was interactive until Google Docs decided not to work.

But, obviously some states are going to do better than others. California is going to do well. North Dakota, not so much. There's a lot of ways to get some perspective on this, and I'd love to see someone do it better, but I'll opt for the quick and dirty method of comparing the most-funded campaign to that state's GDP for 2013. That should level the playing field a bit, even if we include the caveat that state borders are pretty arbitrary and the whole point of the Internet is to break those down. A better approach might be to break this down into Greater Metropolitan Areas, but that's way more complicated, and I'm not entirely sure Kickstarter's search function can handle that. Anyway, this gives us a rough idea of how much money is generally in a state, and if we assume that all campaigns are equally able to reach outside their own borders, it works.

When you add in the GDP, and run a simple math of the most-funded campaign total divided by the GDP (in millions of dollars), you get a ratio of KS/GDP. And that map looks like this:

Most-funded, by GDP

Good news for states like Maine, Vermont, and Delaware, which get obvious bumps from being near big, tech-savvy area, and not-so-good news for North Dakota. California, Texas, and New York drop pretty far, simply by virtue of being so big.

Here's the raw data (again, Google Docs)

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StateMost-FundedRNKGDP (in $M)RNKKS/GDPRNKCampaign
Oregon$13,285,2261$211,24125$62.891COOLEST COOLER: 21st Century Cooler that's Actually Cooler
California$10,266,8452$2,050,6931$5.0114Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android
Texas$3,429,2353$1,387,5982$2.4729Reaper Miniatures Bones: An Evolution Of Gaming Miniatures
Maryland$3,401,3614$322,23415$10.565The Micro: The First Truly Consumer 3D Printer
Massachusetts$2,945,8855$420,74812$7.008FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer
Georgia$2,849,0646$424,60611$6.719Zombicide: Season 3
Florida$2,485,5067$750,5114$3.3121Homestuck Adventure Game
Virginia$2,232,9338$426,42310$5.2413Camelot Unchained
Washington$2,229,3449$381,01714$5.8511Planetary Annihilation - A Next Generation RTS
Illinois$2,140,85110$671,4075$3.1922Dwarven Forge's Caverns-Dwarvenite Game Tiles Terrain
New York$2,049,72111$1,226,6193$1.6737Kingdom Death : Monster
Michigan$1,509,50612$408,21813$3.7018Glyph: A Mobile Personal Theater With Built In Premium Audio
Pennsylvania$1,254,12013$603,8726$2.0833The Order of the Stick Reprint Drive
Delaware$1,229,07414$58,02842$21.182Lima: the brain of your devices
Minnesota$1,209,42315$289,12517$4.1816SmartThings: Make Your World Smarter
Colorado$1,151,88916$273,72118$4.2115Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
Utah$1,092,09817$131,01732$8.346RigidBot 3D Printer
Indiana$926,11218$294,21216$3.1523MYTH
Nevada$819,53519$123,90333$6.6110Pegasus Touch Laser SLA 3D Printer: Low cost, High Quality
Missouri$648,53520$258,13522$2.5128SYNEK - Any beer tapped fresh on your counter
Arizona$640,69821$261,92421$2.4530OBDLink MX WiFi: A Wireless Gateway to Vehicle OBD Networks
Washington, DC$594,60222$105,46535$5.6412The Bradley: A Timepiece Designed to Touch and See
Tennessee$538,10323$269,60219$2.0034New Carman Album and Music Video
South Dakota$513,42224$41,14248$12.483B9Creator - A High Resolution 3D Printer
North Carolina$502,18825$439,6729$1.1442Blue Laser Lamp- with passive cooling technology
Montana$462,40526$39,84649$11.604The Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD...and More!
Ohio$447,90027$526,1967$0.8545Moment Smartwatch: world's first wrap around smart watch
South Carolina$436,59428$172,17627$2.5427HEATWORKS MODEL 1: Your next water heater!
Arkansas$413,53029$115,74534$3.5719QU-BD One Up - Open Source Production Ready 3D Printer
Conneticut$347,44530$233,99623$1.4839Zim, the true Consumer-oriented 3D printer
New Jersey$303,66631$509,0678$0.6050Gothitropolis Raven Action Figure by Four Horsemen Studios
Kentucky$299,91432$170,66728$1.7635Larry Elmore: The Complete Elmore Artbook (Hardback)
Hawaii$275,62133$70,11039$3.9317JUICIES+ for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phones
New Mexico$250,28434$84,31038$2.9725BattleCON: War Remastered
Louisiana$239,95535$222,00824$1.0843Mind's Eye Theatre: Vampire The Masquerade
Iowa$231,37036$150,51230$1.5438Pier Solar HD an RPG for XBOX360, PC, Mac, Linux & Dreamcast
Vermont$209,10037$27,72351$7.547iControlPad 2 - The open source controller
Wisconsin$193,23038$264,12620$0.7348Folding USB Solar Cell
Alabama$185,32239$180,72726$1.0344Elysian Shadows Next-Gen 2D RPG for Dreamcast & Steam & OUYA
Maine$180,20540$51,16345$3.5220ORION4Sight: Sunglasses on Steroids
Mississippi$167,22641$96,97937$1.7236Nubé the Perfected Hammock Shelter by Sierra Madre Research
Alaska$156,50142$51,54244$3.0424Winter Project | An Alaskan Backcountry Documentary
Oklahoma$135,85643$164,30329$0.8346Tornado Chasers
Idaho$125,22744$57,02943$2.2032Eastwood Slider Belts: Maximum Comfort and Style
Rhode Island$120,85645$49,96246$2.4231The Linkmount System Smartphone Enhancement
Wyoming$113,53446$39,53850$2.8726Pretty Faces | All Female Ski & Adventure Sports Film
Kansas$102,15347$132,15331$0.7747My N3RD: Connect and Control Anything from Anywhere
New Hampshire$92,02248$64,11841$1.4440SQueo: Advanced Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
West Virginia$84,70749$68,54140$1.2441WindPax: Portable Wind Turbines
Nebraska$66,79950$98,25036$0.6849It Snows All the Time
North Dakota$23,60251$49,77247$0.4751Cable Keeper
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