The States That Cheat the Most at Wordle

Ever since Wordle launched to the public in October 2021, people have been competing to find the word of the day in the fewest number of tries. Some have even managed to maintain 200+ day streaks by finding the word of the day every day.

Considering there have only been 493 Wordles so far and the game didn’t become popular until after December 2021, these are quite impressive stats. But have these players been maintaining these streaks with just their mental acuity? Or have they cheated by using online tools to help them? We decided to take a look.

The Methodology

To determine if certain states cheated more at Wordle, we analyzed the data from nearly 83,000 users of the Capitalize My Title Word Finder tool. This tool helps people find possible Wordle solutions based on queries about letters contained in words such as “5-letter words containing eual” or “5 letter words starting with y.”

We analyzed users coming to our site between July 21, 2022 and October 20, 2022 in search of Wordle help. We then normalized the data by state populations according to 2020 census data so that states that had a larger population, and therefore more total users, were not disproportionately counted in the data.

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The States With the Worst Wordle Cheaters

After analyzing the data over the last three months, we determined that the top five states that cheat at Wordle are: Montana, Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Illinois.

The overall percentage of cheaters in each state compared to its overall population was less than 0.06%. Still, when the total number of Wordle players is less than 1% of the population, this percentage is sizeable.

The States That Cheat the Least

We also analyzed the states that cheat the least. The top five most honest states are Alaska, Rhode Island, North Dakota, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

While the populations are small in some of these states (Alaska and North Dakota each have fewer than 800K residents), the analysis took population size into account.

The Complete State Rankings

Below is a full list of the states ranked by the number of users using our Wordle cheat tool per million of people in the population.

StatesWordle Cheat Users per Million People
1. Montana554
2. Colorado551
3. Oklahoma551
4. Virginia536
5. Illinois491
6. New Jersey397
7. Oregon369
8. Wisconsin360
9. New Hampshire356
10. Georgia341
11. Maine340
12. Washington333
13. Wyoming327
14. Vermont307
15. New York297
16. Nebraska284
17. Massachusetts283
18. Arizona279
19. West Virginia272
20. South Dakota261
21. Idaho246
22. Iowa242
23. Michigan226
24. Nevada223
25. Maryland220
26. Minnesota219
27. Utah218
28. Kansas205
29. Delaware197
30. Connecticut197
31. Indiana197
32. Mississippi195
33. Missouri192
34. Arkansas187
35. North Carolina185
36. South Carolina184
37. California182
38. Pennsylvania175
39. Ohio173
40. Texas161
41. Alabama159
42. Tennessee150
43. Florida140
44. Kentucky139
45. Hawaii137
46. New Mexico132
47. Louisiana130
48. North Dakota128
49. Rhode Island99
50. Alaska98

About Wordle

Wordle is a simple daily word game that gives players 6 chances to guess a 5-letter word. Each guess provides clues as to what the word is by turning correctly placed letters green, incorrectly placed letters yellow, and letters no in the word grey.

Wordle was originally created by Josh Wardle, a software engineer, as a way for him and his partner to play a daily word game together. Once the game grew in popularity in his family’s WhatsApp chat, Wardle decided to make the game public in October 2021. According to The New York Times, “On Nov. 1, 90 people played. On Sunday, just over two months later, more than 300,000 people played.”

Since then, Wordle has become a global phenomenon. In January 2022, The New York Times purchased the game for a few million dollars (“low-seven figures”)

The name Wordle is a play on Wardle’s last name and is the perfect name for the online game.

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