While preparing for my upcoming talk on immigration, I decided to flesh out my claim that states with lots of immigrants are cultural beacons, and states with few immigrants are boring cultural wastelands.  It’s even more true than I thought.  California and New York are clearly the cultural centers of the U.S. – and they have the highest foreign-born percentages in the country.  At the bottom of the list stand Wyoming, the Dakotas, Arkansas, Alabama, Montana, and at dead last, West Virginia.

Is the connection causal?  At least for food, clearly so.  And isn’t that the only kind of local culture Americans really care to consume, anyway? 🙂