“a definitive ranking of the 50 states…by the quality of their namesake avenues in the nation’s capital”


Perhaps we could debate whether or not one has too much free time but I think this is freaking brilliant.  How Do the 50 States Stack Up According to Their ‘State Avenue Gravitas’ in D.C.?

“What if you could rank the 50 states based on the location and characteristics of their corresponding state-named avenue in the District of Columbia? Essentially, this would be a measure of state identity gravitas—if that is something that could be indeed measured.

Let’s give it a shot!”

Read the complete results here.

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  • WHERE’S OKLAHOMA?? ::rips off sleeves, pounds desk::

  • Wisconsin seems a little underrated, no?

    • Tsar of Truxton

      You need to look at the methodology and then you will see why. It is not just a list of longest roads (though that is a factor).

      • And Wisconsin Avenue’s placement on a list of roads with “gravitas” indicates a flawed methodology, in my opinion.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          What makes Wisconsin special other than being a major road?

          • It’s a major avenue with a significant retail presence that cuts through several thriving neighborhoods from the Potomac through a large part of NW DC. Can’t help but think of it as one of the major avenues in DC. I viewed the criteria, but it just seems to have more “gravitas” than several of the avenues preceding it on the ranking. Just my impression, but I’m not going to the wall over Wisconsin Ave.

          • I agree that this list is awesome, but I also agree with Truxton that Wisconsin is way too low. It hits the Potomac, has an iconic intersection (at M St.), is a major commercial avenue, goes past at least one landmark (the Cathedral), is a significant commuter road, etc. I think it is filled with gravitas.

          • I should clarify that I enjoy this exercise and appreciate the effort that went into it. I shouldn’t be criticizing, just pointing out something that sprang to mind. Don’t want to be the guy bagging on this at all.

  • Missouri in the top half of a 50 state ranking??? That never happens.

  • This list is whack! How are you going to list embassy row (Mass Ave) over the White House (Penn)? Also, Wisconsin is was underrated. There are a few listed above it which I would have a hard time even locating in DC, and I’ve been here over a decade…

    • There are some pretty dodgy parts of Pennsylvania Ave. There are almost none on Wisconsin Ave, by comparison.

    • Massachusetts Ave is likely more utilized than Pennsylvania.. Penn has a lot of hiccups and is always getting shut down. Mass is a straight line from east to west and goes through several circles for diversion to other areas..

      As a native, this list makes total sense to me. Wisconsin ave is also so 1989.. It would have been higher on the list then I think.. Kind of avoid it now whereas I couldn’t have done without it then.. In the 80s 90s 14th street was still for hookers and the only thing west of that was union station, so yeah… This list is makes sense

  • Wisconsin Ave was robbed!

  • Oh, my. Bar graphs get me verry excited. Thanks for posting, and suck it Texans!

  • how is mass #1 and Cali in last place when they intersect each other in embassy row? now saying cali should be #2, but last place? There is some serious real estate on Cali. Serious.

  • Texas Ave #1

  • akbrown29

    Didn’t realize I was so clueless as to where so many of these state streets are especially after 8 years…

  • In terms of sheer volume, I’d guess the list goes: Connecticut, New York, Mass, Wisconsin, Penn, no?

    Also, California may be a street, but it is a very pretty street. Same goes for Wyoming Ave. — gorgeous.

    Is Penn. Ave the longest state-named avenue? Goes clear across the city, from Georgetown through Anacostia.

    • Not sure if we’re counting the parts of these roads that leave the district, but obviously New Hampshire, Georgia, Wisconsin, etc. all stretch on into MD…my guess would be that New Hampshire is the longest, but I’d be interested to know for sure!

      • Wisconsin Avenue goes from Georgetown to Frederick, MD, though it changes names once it gets past Bethesda. According to Wikipedia it’s 36.75 miles long.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Mass is the longest. Addressed in the article.

  • Something I’ve always wondered about other DC residents is whether you associate the state name more with the avenue than the state itself. Like Connecticut makes me think more of drunken nights in my early 20s than anything having to do with the state.

  • Michigan and South Dakota are way too low.

  • Overrated:
    South Carolina


    • Maryland is like the majorest Capitol Hill ave! Straight from Bladensburg/Hstreet/Benning/Florida ave, all the way to to Capitol. Mass Ave NE ain’t got nuthin on Maryland NE.

    • I would add Louisiana and I am from there :(- the location is great but there is almost nothing on it.

  • Maryland Ave placed where it is makes this list bogus.

  • yeah a lot of states getting the short end of the stick here! don’t know how i feel about these metrics. california is a lovely street, but hawaii does indeed belong down there at the bottom. i love kentucky and north carolina, and have a soft spot for nevada cuz my grandparents live on that ave! ohio is obviously beautiful at the height of the cherry blossoms. new york ave. can go straight to hell (save for panda gourmet)

    • Hey! I live on Hawaii b/w 2nd and Varnum and it’s a nice, wooded area. We have deer that live across the street and it’s fun to be near the CUA stadium during game days.

  • I obviously am biased because I live on California Street, but I do think last place is a stretch. It also depends on which quadrant of an avenue one is judging. Delaware Ave. NE in 17th place??? It’s one block next to the railroad tracks. SW is nicer, but still….

  • We should throw Puerto Rico Ave in there for good measure (I know it says 50 states) . . . it would probably be in the bottom tier I would guess.

    • andy

      Agreed. It may not be a state but it is an avenue and of all places DC should appreciate its hetwixt and between status.

  • You guys do know there are a few avenues that are not named after states, like Johnson Avenue (Dupont Circle) and Saratoga Avenue (off of Rhode Island Ave.). I don’t know the history of how they got to be avenues but they do exist.

    • And there’s Sherman Ave., in Park View. I always wonder why California (as a native Californian) got stuck with some dinky side street when there’s plenty of unclaimed avenues.

  • I’m born and raised in New Hampshire… and I live on New Hampshire! Boom!

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