From Lazy to Handy: Ranking the States by DIY Culture

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The do-it-yourself (DIY) ethos has witnessed a notable surge across the United States recently, as a growing number of individuals are embracing crafts, home enhancements, and various other tangible activities.

This movement is driven by a desire to unleash creative potential and achieve cost savings. The spectrum of DIY spans from woodworking and restoring items to giving them a new lease of life. This practice not only allows people to acquire novel skills and dive into their interests but also fosters a sense of community among enthusiasts.

However, the prevalence of this DIY culture varies from state to state. To illuminate this aspect, I’ve undertaken a comprehensive analysis, examining Google search queries spanning the previous year to pinpoint predominant DIY projects unique to each state. 

In conjunction with this, I reached out to over 3,000 Americans, delving into their involvement with DIY activities, and discerning their methodologies when addressing such tasks.

States Most Likely to DIY: Which States Are the Most (and Least) Handy?

1. Texas

Texas is the number one state on the list when it comes to DIY culture, consistently ranking in more than 80% of the keywords to determine interest in DIY projects and tasks. 

According to Google Trends data, the top project that Texans search for is DIY vinyl flooring, with interest peaking in late January this year.

Other popular DIY search terms in Texas include “garage cabinets,” “wall panel,” “kitchen remodel,” and “entertainment center.” Texas also ranks highly for harder tasks like “how to build your own pool,” and it’s one of only two states that ranked for that keyword. 

This shows that DIYers are not afraid of taking on more challenging DIY projects. Interest was also high for DIY tasks such as fixing a clogged drain, wallpaper installation, and repainting furniture.

The survey results show that 76% of respondents from Texas say they did a DIY project in the last 6 months, and 65% say they do the projects themselves. Only 11% said they hired a contractor, while 24% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

It’s clear that DIY culture is thriving in Texas, with residents taking on projects both big and small.

installing vinyl flooring

2. California

California takes the second spot on the list of states with the most DIY culture, following closely behind Texas. 

My analysis of more than 500 Google search terms related to DIY home projects over the past 12 months revealed that California consistently ranked high in over 80% of the keywords used. 

The state had a particularly high interest in DIY garage cabinets, which peaked in late March this year. Californians were also interested in projects like bathroom and kitchen remodeling, as well as building garden gates.

Additionally, Californians showed a willingness to tackle repairs, such as fixing clogged drains and washing machines. Along with Texas, it’s one of the only two states that ranked for “how to build your own pool”.

When it comes to DIY projects, 74% of Californians surveyed say they tackled a project in the last six months. Of these respondents, 67% say they prefer to do the work themselves, while 15% hired a contractor and 18% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

3. Oklahoma

Oklahoma ranks 3rd on the list of states most likely to DIY, with a high interest in DIY projects throughout the year. According to the Google trends search, the interest in the keyword “diy projects” in Oklahoma peaked in the months of April, end of May, and the middle of November last year. 

The search interest was particularly high in Tulsa. The most popular related topics in this region include keywords like “home” “idea” “garden” and “craft”. The keywords “woodworking” and “wood” also belong in the top 10 of the most popular related topics.

Shelves are the most popular project for Oklahomans, followed by “coffee table”, “headboard”, and “outdoor furniture”. 

Based on the survey, 71% of respondents from Oklahoma say that they did a DIY project in the last 6 months, with 58% of them saying they did the project themselves. 19% said they hired a contractor, and 23% said they worked on a project and hired a contractor.

DIY Shelves

Oklahoma has a thriving DIY culture with a strong interest in home improvement, gardening, and crafting. With a majority of respondents reporting that they have done a DIY project in the last 6 months, it’s clear that DIY is a popular and practical skill in this state.

4. Kansas

Kansas, the Sunflower State, ranks 4th on the list of states most likely to DIY. Looking into Google Trends data, the interest in “diy projects” spiked during the second week of May 2022, with other high-interest seasons being mid-December last year and mid-January this year. 

It seems like Kansans enjoy tackling DIY projects not only during the warmer months but also in the middle of the winter. Interest is highest in Wichita, Hutchinson, and Pittsburg, and top related topics include “project”, “craft”, and “home”.

When it comes to top DIY projects in Kansas, bed frames take the lead, with Kansans showing a high search interest in shelf and landscaping projects as well. 

Survey revealed that 68% of respondents from Kansas had undertaken a DIY project in the last 6 months, with 56% saying they completed the project themselves. 23% hired a contractor, and 21% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

With such a high level of interest in DIY projects in Kansas, it’s no surprise that the state has a thriving DIY culture.

5. Tennessee

Tennessee may not have made it to the top of the list, but it was still a consistent contender, ranking for more than 50% of the DIY keywords analyzed. According to the Google Trends search, Tennesseans are particularly interested in DIY firepits, with interest peaking in early December last year. 

Another popular project in the state is painting or restoring kitchen cabinets, with peak interest occurring in early January this year.

Tennesseans also showed a high interest in outdoor furniture and DIY tasks such as replacing a light bulb and building a desk, demonstrating that DIY culture in Tennessee extends beyond just home improvement projects.

DIY Firepits

In addition to these trends, the survey results show that 67% of respondents from Tennessee say that they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. 

Among them, 57% say they do the DIY project themselves, 20% hired a contractor, and 23% worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

These numbers indicate that while many Tennesseans enjoy taking on DIY projects, some prefer to hire a professional to assist them.

6. Kentucky

Kentucky, ranking 6th overall on the list, is a state where DIY is a popular trend. The Google Trends search revealed a consistent interest in more than 50% of the keywords analyzed. 

The top project searched for by Kentuckians is the bookshelf, with the interest for this search term peaking in early March this year. Other popular projects include installing a tile backsplash and building a TV stand.

The survey results show that 62% of respondents from Kentucky did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 53% said they do the DIY project themselves, 22% said they hired a contractor, and 25% said they worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

It’s clear that Kentuckians enjoy getting their hands dirty and taking on DIY projects to improve their homes. The consistent interest in a variety of DIY projects and high participation rate in DIY activities make it a strong contender for the Most Likely to DIY list.

7. Missouri

Missouri’s steady interest in various DIY keywords solidifies its spot as the 7th state Most Likely to DIY. The top project searched for in the state is the bookcase, with interest peaking in early March this year. 

Missourians also showed a high level of interest in outdoor kitchen projects, decks, countertops, and kitchen islands.

Painting rooms and fixing toilets are also DIY tasks that Missouri residents search for, which shows that they are hands-on and practical when it comes to home improvement. 

These tasks require some level of skill and knowledge, but they are also relatively simple and can be done without professional help. It indicates that Missourians are willing to take on these projects themselves.

DIY Bookcase

Aside from these trends, 60% of survey respondents indicated that they had completed a DIY project within the past 6 months. Over half of these respondents, or 51%, prefer to handle the DIY tasks themselves without the assistance of a contractor. 

On the other hand, 22% of the respondents chose to hire a contractor to complete their projects, while 27% worked on the project with the help of a contractor.

8. Arkansas

Arkansas ranks 8th in the research, with a consistent inclination towards DIY projects over the past year. 

With a steady interest in DIY projects shown in more than 50% of the keywords analyzed, it’s clear that the residents of the Natural State are always eager to take on new projects.

Topping the list of DIY projects in Arkansas is the headboard, with the interest peaking in mid-June 2022. Along with headboards, Arkansans also have a keen interest in wall decor and fixing leaks, showing their diverse range of DIY skills.

On the other hand, my survey says 59% of respondents indicate they’ve taken on a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those respondents, a majority of 55% say they take on the project themselves. 

However, it’s interesting to note that 28% of those who did a DIY project worked on it with the help of a contractor while 17% hired a contractor to complete the project entirely, indicating that some residents prefer to leave certain tasks to the experts.

9. Alabama

Alabama may be the 9th state most likely to DIY, but its residents show a strong interest in tackling various projects around the house. 

According to the Google Trends search, Alabamans are particularly interested in creating a backsplash, with peak interest occurring in mid-March of this year. 

Other popular projects include building a coffee table, installing floating shelves, and learning how to replace a light bulb.

DIY Backsplash

When it comes to actually taking on these projects, the survey results show that 57% of respondents from Alabama have done a DIY project in the last six months. 

Of those, 53% said they did it themselves, while 25% hired a contractor and 22% worked on the project alongside a contractor. 

These numbers suggest that while many Alabamans are confident in their DIY abilities, others are comfortable enlisting the help of a professional.

10. Florida

Florida, the sunshine state, ranks 10th in the list of states most likely to DIY. According to my research, there is a consistent interest in DIY projects across the state, with a high level of interest in projects such as DIY roofing, repainting furniture, cleaning driveways, and fixing clogged drains. 

The top DIY project in Florida is wood flooring, with interest peaking in early January this year. Floridians also have a strong interest in making a DIY daybed, as well as a variety of other DIY tasks.

Besides these trends, the survey revealed that 57% of respondents from Florida have done a DIY project in the last 6 months. Among them, 55% prefer to do the project themselves, 24% hire a contractor, and 21% work on a project and hire a contractor. 

So while Floridians are quite handy with DIY projects themselves, they are also willing to hire professionals when needed.

11. Indiana

Indiana residents are skilled at DIY projects, as shown by their 11th place ranking among the top states for DIY. The most popular DIY project in Indiana is making TV stands, with the highest interest observed in late November last year.

However, Hoosiers also showed a strong interest in other DIY projects such as bookshelves, compost bins, and outdoor furniture, indicating a well-rounded approach to home improvement. 

In addition to larger projects, Indiana residents also displayed a desire to tackle smaller tasks, with painting a door and landscaping garnering high interest.

DIY TV stand

These results are supported by the survey, which found that 56% of respondents from Indiana completed a DIY project within the last 6 months. Of those, 52% said they did the project themselves, while 25% hired a contractor and 23% worked on a project with a hired contractor. 

Overall, Indiana’s DIY culture is thriving and continues to inspire creativity and innovation in the home improvement space.

12. New York

New Yorkers are known for their creativity and resourcefulness, and it seems that these traits extend to their DIY projects as well. 

According to research, New York ranks 12th among the states most likely to DIY, and the interest in DIY projects in this state is consistent and steady, with keywords related to DIY projects ranking high on Google Trends.

One project that caught the attention of many New Yorkers is the coat rack, with searches peaking in early November of last year. Other popular projects include kitchen remodeling, upcycling, and creating bookshelves, daybeds, and makeup organizers.

But it’s not just about the projects – New Yorkers also seem to enjoy doing the work themselves. The survey showed that 54% of respondents from New York say that they did a DIY project in the last 6 months, with over half of them doing the work themselves. 

However, some projects require the help of professionals, and 23% of respondents said they hired a contractor while 24% worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

It’s clear that New Yorkers are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, whether it’s doing the work themselves or seeking out expert help.

13. Utah

Utah may be known for its scenic national parks and ski resorts, but it’s also a state where DIY culture thrives. While it may not be in the top 10 of states most likely to DIY, Utahns have a clear interest in creating their own home projects.

DIY Floating shelves

According to my research, the top project in Utah is floating shelves, which shows an interest in both functionality and aesthetics. In addition, picture frames are also popular, indicating that Utahns value displaying their memories in their homes. 

And while some may think that Utah’s dry climate means there’s not much need for fixing leaks, the data shows that it’s still a high-interest task for DIYers in the state.

The survey also revealed that more than half of respondents from Utah did a DIY project in the last 6 months, with half of them doing the projects themselves. 

This demonstrates a strong DIY spirit among Utahns, as well as a willingness to learn new skills and take on new challenges.

14. Louisiana

According to research, Louisiana ranks 14th among all states when it comes to DIY enthusiasm. Louisiana’s love for outdoor living and cooking is also reflected in their interest in building outdoor kitchens, which is the top DIY project in the state. 

DIY curtains, dining tables, and bed frames are also popular among Louisiana DIY enthusiasts. In addition to these projects, tasks such as installing air conditioning and backsplash also garnered high interest.

According to a survey, 53% of respondents from Louisiana said that they completed a DIY project in the last 6 months. 

Of these DIYers, 53% said they did the project themselves, while 23% hired a contractor and 24% worked on the project themselves and hired a contractor for help.

15. Virginia

Virginia, known for its rich history and stunning natural beauty, also has a DIY culture to boast about. My research shows that Virginians have a penchant for mirror frames, which tops the list of DIY projects in the state. 

However, it’s not just limited to indoor projects. Raised garden beds and DIY solar panels also see a significant interest in the state. 

It seems that Virginians also enjoy tackling various DIY tasks, including installing shelves, sealing windows, installing wallpaper, and cleaning driveways.

Also Read: Best Wood for Raised Garden Beds 

DIY Garden beds

The results show that 51% of respondents from Virginia say they did a DIY project in the last 6 months, which is in line with the national average. Of those, 55% say they do the project themselves, while 24% hired a contractor, and 21% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

16. Washington

Washington state has a DIY culture that favors natural, outdoor projects that reflect its rugged, Pacific Northwest landscape. According to my research, Washingtonians are interested in outdoor projects such as landscaping, which is the top project in the state. 

Gardening and building raised garden beds are also popular projects in Washington, along with more traditional DIY home renovation projects like working on floating shelves, benches, countertops, and outdoor kitchens.

Also Read: Best Wood Types for a Floating Shelf

Interestingly, many Washingtonians prefer to do their DIY projects themselves, with 54% of respondents saying they prefer the DIY approach. 

However, the state also has a significant number of residents who hire contractors, with 24% saying they hired a contractor for their most recent DIY project.

Washington state’s vibrant DIY scene is fueled by its residents’ ingenuity and creativity, as well as the many resources available for DIY enthusiasts, such as workshops, classes, and online resources.

17. Vermont

Vermont may be one of the smallest states in the country, but that doesn’t stop its residents from being DIY enthusiasts. According to my research, Vermont ranks 17th as the state most likely to DIY. 

The top project in the state is the firepit, which may come as no surprise given Vermont’s love for outdoor activities. Additionally, decks and benches are also popular projects for Vermont DIYers.

DIY firepit

Interestingly, I  found that there’s also a high search interest for cleaning filters in Vermont. It seems that residents in this state are not only interested in building and creating, but also in maintaining their homes.

My survey shows that 46% of respondents from Vermont say they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those who completed a DIY project, the majority (51%) did it themselves. Meanwhile, 27% hired a contractor and 22% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

On the whole, it’s clear that the DIY spirit is alive and well in the Green Mountain State.

18. Georgia

Georgia, with its rich history and diverse landscape, also boasts a strong DIY culture. The state ranks 18th on the list of states most likely to DIY, with a consistent presence in DIY-related keywords on Google Trends. 

The porch swing takes the top spot as the most popular DIY project in Georgia, with accent walls following closely behind. 

DIYers in the state are also interested in raised garden beds, closet organizers, and tasks like replacing light bulbs, remodeling bathrooms, and installing wallpaper.

It’s clear that Georgia DIYers have a passion for both indoor and outdoor projects. With its mild climate, outdoor projects like building a garden bed or porch swing can be enjoyed year-round. Meanwhile, accent walls and closet organizers are great ways to improve indoor spaces.

According to a survey, 46% of respondents from Georgia have completed a DIY project in the last 6 months. The majority of these DIYers (53%) prefer to do the projects themselves, while 22% hired a contractor and 25% worked on a project with a contractor. 

These numbers indicate a strong DIY community in Georgia, with many residents feeling confident and capable enough to tackle home improvement projects on their own.

DIY Porch swing

19. Colorado

Colorado may be known for its breathtaking landscapes, but it also has its fair share of DIY enthusiasts. Ranking 19th on the list of states most likely to DIY, Coloradans are fond of tackling home improvement projects themselves. 

According to the research, the top project in the state is the countertop, with many residents searching for tips and tutorials on how to build their own. Other popular projects include kitchen cabinets, outdoor bars, and dining tables.

Interestingly, Colorado stood out among all other states for the search term “how to build a desk,” indicating a high interest in creating their own workspace.

Out of the respondents from Colorado, 46% reported doing a DIY project in the last 6 months, with a majority (51%) choosing to do it themselves. However, a significant number of respondents (26%) hired a contractor, while 23% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

20. North Carolina

North Carolina may be the last on the list of states most likely to DIY, but the state’s residents are still quite enthusiastic about DIY projects. 

The consistent interest in DIY-related keywords, as shown by the Google trends data, proves that North Carolina DIYers are always on the lookout for new ideas and projects. 

The top project in the state, closet organizers, saw a peak in interest in early December last year, while DIY compost bins, porch swings, and bookcases are also popular. 

The state also has a high interest in upcycling, as well as DIY tasks like installing shelves, wallpaper, and replacing faucets.

North Carolina also topped all other states for the term “how to install wallpaper,” which shows that the residents in the state enjoy revamping their living spaces with new textures and designs. 

Although 42% of respondents from North Carolina say that they did a DIY project in the last 6 months, those who do are quite confident in their skills, with 50% saying they do the DIY project themselves, while 29% hired a contractor, and 21% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

North Carolina proves that DIY is not just about the outcome but also the process and enjoyment of the project.

DIY closet organizer

21. Michigan

Michigan may be known as the Great Lakes State, but it also ranks 21st on the list of states most likely to DIY. Bathroom remodeling is the top project in the state, with outdoor furniture also a popular contender. 

DIYers in Michigan also show interest in projects like compost bins, landscaping, and wallpaper installation. The state’s DIY tasks include sealing windows and painting rooms.

In terms of survey data, 42% of respondents from Michigan say that they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 48% say they do the DIY project themselves, while 30% hired a contractor, and 22% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

DIYers in Michigan seem to have a penchant for improving their homes both inside and out. The bathroom is a popular target for remodeling, while outdoor furniture projects are also common. 

Michigan’s weather can be harsh, so perhaps it’s no surprise that sealing windows is also a frequent DIY task.

22. Oregon

Based on the research, Oregon ranks 22nd on the list of states most likely to DIY. Macrame planters are the top project in this state, with other popular projects including bookshelves, sheds, curtains, and solar panels. 

It’s evident that Oregon DIYers have a keen interest in sustainable projects and eco-friendly alternatives.

In the last 6 months, 41% of respondents from Oregon said that they had completed a DIY project. Out of these, 49% said they did the project themselves, while 26% hired a contractor, and 25% worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

These numbers indicate that while many Oregonians prefer to tackle projects on their own, there is still a significant proportion who seek professional assistance.

DIY Macrame planters

Oregon is known for its scenic beauty and environmentally conscious residents, which is evident in their DIY projects as well. 

Whether it’s creating a DIY solar panel or upcycling furniture to reduce waste, DIYers in Oregon are always looking for innovative ways to be sustainable and create a positive impact on the environment.

23. Mississippi

Mississippi DIYers have a clear interest in home improvement, ranking 23rd in the list of states most likely to DIY. The top project searched for by Mississippians is how to build a vanity, with kitchen cabinets and wall decor also garnering interest. 

The state is also noteworthy for its high ranking in searches for “how to fix a leak” and “how to fix a toilet”.

Nearly 4 in 10 respondents from Mississippi say they completed a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 45% say they do the project themselves, while 31% hired a contractor and 24% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

Overall, the interest in DIY projects in Mississippi is reflected in the high search volume for various home improvement projects they’re willing to tackle.

24. Ohio

Ohio may not be the most DIY-oriented state, but it still has a strong interest in various projects. The wine rack is the top project in the state, with a surge in interest in mid-March this year. 

Porch swings and accent walls are also popular search terms among Ohioans. Interestingly, cleaning driveways and upcycling are revealed to be popular tasks too.

Around 36% of respondents from Ohio stated that they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Out of those, 47% said they did the DIY project themselves, 30% hired a contractor, and 23% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

DIY Wine Racks

Ohioans may not be the most active DIYers, but they still enjoy the satisfaction of completing a project themselves or with the help of a professional. The wine rack project is a clear indication that Ohioans enjoy taking on unique projects. 

And with cleaning driveways and upcycling being popular tasks, it shows that Ohioans not only enjoy building things, but also taking care of and improving what they already have.

25. Iowa

Iowa may not be the most DIY-oriented state in the US, but there is still significant interest in home improvement projects. In terms of popular search terms, Iowa residents are interested in wall decor. 

This project has seen a significant increase in searches, with interest peaking in July of 2022. Other projects that have gained a lot of interest include landscaping, decks, and sheds.

Interestingly, smaller DIY tasks like painting a door and caulking are also popular searches in Iowa. This suggests that Iowans are interested in tackling a variety of DIY projects, both big and small.

In terms of survey results, around 33% of respondents from Iowa say that they completed a DIY project in the last six months. This is a bit lower than some other states, but still suggests that there is a significant DIY culture in Iowa. 

Of those who completed a project, 46% said that they did the work themselves, while 28% hired a contractor and 26% worked on the project alongside a contractor. 

These numbers suggest that many Iowa residents are willing to seek outside help for their DIY projects when needed, but still enjoy the satisfaction of completing tasks on their own as well.

26. Idaho

Idaho may not be the first state that comes to mind when thinking about DIY, but it’s still a state with a significant interest in home projects. The fireplace is the most popular project for Idahoans to search for, with bedframes and headboards not far behind. 

Idaho’s love for repairing things was revealed as it topped all other states for the keyword “how to repair”. Other popular search terms include “how to build a fence” and “how to lay tile”.

DIY Fireplace

Interestingly, while many states have shown an interest in upcycling and eco-friendly projects, Idaho’s DIY trends don’t reflect this as much. 

Instead, more traditional home improvement projects seem to be the focus, with DIYers in Idaho also searching for ways to improve their outdoor space. About a third of Idaho respondents (33%) say they have completed a DIY project in the last six months. 

Just under half of those surveyed in Idaho say they do the DIY project themselves, with the rest either hiring a contractor or working on a project themselves and then hiring a contractor.

27. South Carolina

South Carolina may not be among the top states in terms of DIY, but its residents still have a knack for getting things done themselves. The closet is the top project that South Carolinians search for when it comes to DIY, with a peak interest in late May of last year. 

Bookshelves and vanities are also popular projects in the state, reflecting a desire for both functionality and style. Building a desk and replacing light bulbs are other tasks that rank high in searches, showing that DIY can be both big and small.

Despite the moderate interest in DIY, 31% of respondents from South Carolina say that they completed a DIY project in the last six months. When it comes to DIY, 42% of South Carolinians prefer to do it themselves, with 33% hiring a contractor and 25% doing a combination of both.

28. Wisconsin

Wisconsin, the 28th state on the list of states most likely to DIY, has a range of popular projects that residents like to search for. The most popular project in the state is building a kitchen island, with Wisconsinites showing a particular interest in this area. 

Additionally, compost bins, wallpaper, and outdoor furniture are also popular projects among the state’s DIY enthusiasts.

DIY kitchen Island

It’s not just the big projects that get attention in Wisconsin, however. Tasks such as painting a door and caulking are also highly searched for, indicating that the state’s DIYers are just as interested in the details as they are in the big picture.

Despite not being among the top states for DIY activity, a respectable 30% of respondents from Wisconsin say they have completed a DIY project in the last 6 months. 

Of those, 43% said they completed the project themselves, while 30% hired a contractor, and 27% worked on a project with a contractor.

29. Pennsylvania

The Keystone State also has a passion for DIY projects. According to the data, Pennsylvania ranks 29th among states most likely to take on DIY projects. 

One of the most popular projects searched for by Pennsylvanians is makeup organizers, with bookcases and accent walls following closely behind. 

Installing shelves and wallpaper are also highly-searched terms, indicating that Pennsylvanians are not afraid to take on challenging projects.

The survey data also reveals that 28% of respondents from Pennsylvania have taken on a DIY project in the last 6 months, with 41% of those respondents choosing to tackle the project themselves. 

Another 30% hired a contractor to complete the project, and 29% worked on a project while also hiring a contractor for help. 

These numbers suggest that while Pennsylvanians are comfortable with taking on DIY projects, they also know when to call in professionals for assistance.

30. West Virginia

West Virginia is a state that shows a strong interest in DIY projects, according to Google Trends data. Wreaths are the most searched-for project in the state, reflecting the locals’ love for adding a personal touch to their homes. 

Decks and fixing leaks also rank highly as popular projects.

DIY Wreath

It seems that West Virginians not only have a strong interest in DIY, but also actively engage in it. 44% of respondents from the state reported that they had completed a DIY project in the last six months. 

More than half of those respondents (51%) chose to take on the project themselves, demonstrating a willingness to get their hands dirty and tackle home improvement tasks independently. 

Meanwhile, 28% of respondents hired a contractor to help with their project, and 21% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

31. Maine

Maine, the northeasternmost state in the U.S., is ranked 31st in the list of states most likely to DIY. The people of Maine have shown a keen interest in shelves, which are the top project in the state according to Google Trends data. 

The interest for this search term peaked in late February of this year. Mainers also have a passion for fences, house building, and DIY tasks such as caulking and cleaning filters.

It’s interesting to note that Maine only ranked for less than 30% of the terms analyzed, suggesting that Mainers tend to DIY projects that are more practical and functional in nature. 

This is also reflected in the survey results, where only 24% of respondents from Maine said they did a DIY project in the last 6 months.

Of those who did engage in DIY, 38% said they do the project themselves, 34% hired a contractor, and 28% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

32. Montana

Montana may be known for its picturesque landscapes and outdoor activities, but it seems that many Montanans also enjoy tackling DIY projects. While the state ranks 32nd on the list, it still shows a strong interest in DIY, with the bench being the most searched-for project. 

Other popular projects in the state include chicken coops and decks, which are both great for enjoying the beautiful Montana scenery.

DIY Bench

Despite ranking lower on the list, Montanans still show a significant interest in DIY projects, with 24% of respondents reporting having completed a project in the last six months. 

Of those, 37% say they did the project themselves, 33% hired a contractor, and 30% worked on a project and hired a contractor. It’s clear that Montanans are not afraid to take on a DIY challenge, even if it’s not as common as in some other states. 

Whether it’s building a bench or constructing a chicken coop, the people of Montana are willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work, no matter how big or small the project.

33. Illinois

Looking at the data, it seems that the people of Illinois have a keen interest in home improvement. While the state only ranks 33rd on the list of top states likely to DIY, Illinoisans still showed a steady interest in various projects. 

According to the analysis of Google Trends, the bookshelf is the most searched-for project in the state, with many people looking for inspiration on how to build their own. 

Bathroom remodeling, sealing windows, and building projects like stairs and dog houses are also high on the list of popular DIY activities in Illinois.

When it comes to actually doing the work, 24% of respondents from Illinois say that they have taken on a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 36% said they do the project themselves, while 34% hired a contractor and 30% worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

It’s clear that people in Illinois are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, but they also know when to call in the professionals.

34. Minnesota

Minnesota may be ranked 34th on the list, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in DIY spirit. Based on Google Trends data, the state has some interest in DIY projects, with the top project being the picnic table. 

Minnesotans also show an interest in other projects such as end tables, countertops, and barn doors. The peak search period for picnic tables was in late May of last year, indicating that many residents were likely preparing for summertime outdoor gatherings.

DIY Picnic Table

Around 22% of respondents from Minnesota report having completed a DIY project in the last six months. Of those, 36% took on the projects themselves, while 33% hired a contractor, and 31% did a bit of both. 

This indicates that while many Minnesotans enjoy tackling DIY projects themselves, they are also comfortable hiring professionals when necessary.

So, Minnesota may not be at the top of the list in terms of DIY enthusiasm, but its residents are still actively engaging in a variety of projects and showing a willingness to take on tasks themselves.

35. Nebraska

The Cornhusker State ranks 36th on the list of states most likely to DIY. According to my Google Trends analysis, Nebraska ranked for 28% of the used keywords, suggesting a moderate interest in DIY projects. 

The most-searched project in the state is a DIY fireplace, with interest peaking in the colder months. Other notable projects include headboards, workbenches, and solar panels. 

It’s interesting to note that Nebraska only ranked for 28% of the keywords, indicating a relatively diverse range of interests in the state.

Despite being ranked low on the list, 21% of respondents from Nebraska reported having done one in the last 6 months. Of those, 34% prefer doing the project themselves, while 35% hired a contractor. 

31% of respondents worked on a project and hired a contractor. Nebraskans seem to have a balanced approach to DIY projects, with a relatively equal distribution between doing the project themselves, hiring a contractor, or a combination of both.

36. North Dakota

North Dakota is the 36th state on the list of those most likely to DIY. Based on my Google Trends analysis, the top DIY project in the state is the bench. The state also showed high interest in the keywords “diy crafts” and “diy projects”, as well as building a house.

DIY Bench Seat

Despite ranking relatively low on the list, North Dakota still has a significant number of DIY enthusiasts. Around 20% of respondents from the state reported completing a DIY project in the last six months. Of these, 32% said they completed the project themselves, while 35% hired a contractor, and 33% worked on the project and hired a contractor.

It’s interesting to note that while North Dakota showed a high interest in building a house, it didn’t rank for many other home improvement projects. This could be due to the relatively rural nature of the state, with many residents living in smaller towns or on farms where home improvement projects may not be as common.

So while North Dakota may not have the same level of DIY activity as some other states, it still has a significant number of residents who enjoy tackling home improvement projects themselves.

37. Alaska

Alaska, known for its rugged terrain and harsh winters, ranked 37th on the list of states most likely to DIY. The most-searched project in the state is the greenhouse, showing that Alaskans are interested in bringing some greenery to their homes despite the difficult environment. 

Decks and desks are also popular projects, indicating that Alaskans value both form and function in their DIY pursuits.

Interestingly, Alaska topped other states in my analysis for the term “how to build a house,” suggesting that many residents may be interested in taking on larger building projects. 

This could be due to the unique challenges of constructing homes in Alaska’s extreme climate, or simply a reflection of the state’s DIY culture.

DIY Greenhouse

Despite a lower overall ranking, 20% of respondents from Alaska reported doing a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those respondents, 34% said they completed the project themselves, while 30% hired a contractor and 36% worked on the project themselves and hired a contractor.

While Alaska may not be the most DIY-happy state in the US, there is still significant interest in taking on home improvement projects and building new structures.

38. Maryland

Maryland, ranking 38th on the list, is not a state that typically comes to mind when thinking of DIY projects. However, according to my Google Trends analysis, the top project in Maryland is installing wallpaper, followed by workbenches and bookcases. 

Interestingly, building stairs and installing DIY lighting also have considerable interest in the state, although the search interest is not as high.

In terms of DIY activity, 19% of respondents from Maryland reported doing a DIY project in the last six months. When it comes to who is doing these projects, 31% said they do it themselves, while 32% hired a contractor, and 37% worked on a project while also hiring a contractor. 

These numbers suggest that while many Maryland residents may not be taking on DIY projects themselves, they still value the importance of DIY and may be working alongside professionals to achieve their home improvement goals.

39. Arizona

Arizona ranks 39th on the list of states most likely to DIY, indicating that fewer people in Arizona are interested in DIY projects compared to other states. However, Google Trends analysis showed that people in Arizona are still interested in specific DIY projects. 

The top project in the state is a gate, and other notable DIY projects that have considerable interest include building TV stands, pergolas, barn doors, and dog houses.

DIY Pergola

According to a survey, 19% of respondents from Arizona reported doing a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those who did a DIY project, 31% reported doing it themselves, 34% hired a contractor, and 35% reported working on a project and hiring a contractor. 

This suggests that although there may be fewer people interested in DIY projects in Arizona, those who do undertake projects are likely to seek help from professionals.

This suggests that while DIY may not be as popular in Arizona as in some other states, there are still a significant number of people who enjoy taking on home improvement projects themselves.

40. New Mexico

New Mexico made it to the top 40 on my list of states most likely to DIY. According to the research, decks are the most popular project in the state, while there was also a high ranking for the keyword “how to build a house”. 

However, overall New Mexico only ranked for about 18% of the keywords I analyzed, which is relatively low compared to other states.

Looking at survey results, 18% of respondents from New Mexico say they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 28% say they completed the project themselves, while 38% hired a contractor and 34% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

It’s interesting to note that New Mexico has a relatively high percentage of people who hire contractors for their DIY projects, compared to those who do it themselves. This may be due to the complexity of certain projects or the lack of confidence in their own DIY skills.

Overall, New Mexico may not be the most active state when it comes to DIY projects, but the interest in building decks and houses suggests a desire for home improvement and renovation.

DIY Decks

41. Massachusetts

Massachusetts might not be the most DIY-focused state, but it certainly has some interesting projects that residents are interested in. 

According to a research, raised garden beds are the top project in the state, and it’s clear that people are thinking about their gardens early in the year, with the peak interest in February. 

Other projects that caught the attention of many include kitchen islands, fences, DIY lighting, and reupholstery.

When it comes to DIY projects, 18% of respondents from Massachusetts said that they had done one in the last six months. Of those who did, 28% said they did the project themselves, while 40% hired a contractor. A further 32% worked on the project and hired a contractor.

While Massachusetts may not be the most DIY-focused state, it’s clear that there is still an interest in taking on projects at home.

42. Nevada

Nevada ranks 42nd on the list of states most likely to DIY, according to my data analysis. Although I didn’t find a consistent interest in most DIY-related keywords in the state, “home decor” emerged as the top project searched. 

However, this is a broad category that encompasses a wide range of DIY projects. Nevertheless, we noticed some interest in projects like dressers, workbenches, and fences.

In terms of DIY activity, 18% of respondents from Nevada reported completing a DIY project in the last six months. Of these, 26% said they did the project themselves, while 39% hired a contractor and 35% worked on the project with the help of a contractor.

DIY Home Decor

While Nevada may not be at the forefront of the DIY movement, it’s worth noting that the state has a vibrant and creative culture, particularly in Las Vegas. 

There are numerous art installations, murals, and other creative endeavors throughout the city, suggesting that the DIY spirit may be alive and well in Nevada, albeit in a different form.

43. Delaware

Delaware may not be at the top of the list when it comes to DIY projects, but it still has its share of home improvement enthusiasts. 

According to my data, the top DIY project in the state is painting a room. It’s interesting to note that Delaware ranked highest among the states for this keyword, which peaked in February of this year.

In addition to painting, there was some interest in building houses and fences. While Delaware didn’t show a consistent interest in many of the DIY-related keywords, it’s clear that homeowners in the state are interested in making improvements to their homes.

When it comes to DIY projects, 16% of respondents from Delaware say they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those respondents, 27% say they do the project themselves, while 36% hired a contractor, and 37% worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

This suggests that while many homeowners in Delaware may prefer to hire a professional, there are still those who enjoy tackling projects on their own.

44. New Hampshire

New Hampshire is ranked 44th on my list of states most likely to engage in DIY projects, indicating that its residents may not be as DIY-savvy as those in other states. 

According to my research, 16% of respondents from New Hampshire say they completed a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 24% say they did the project themselves, while 42% hired a contractor, and 34% worked on the project and hired a contractor.

DIY exterior deck

The top project in this state is the deck, with interest peaking in mid-February this year. It seems that New Hampshire residents enjoy spending time outdoors and want to improve their outdoor living spaces. Other popular projects include sheds, fences, and planters.

When it comes to indoor projects, tasks like cleaning filters and painting rooms are popular among New Hampshire residents. These are simple tasks that can make a big difference in the cleanliness and appearance of a home. 

Overall, it seems that while New Hampshire residents may not be the most avid DIYers, they still enjoy tackling projects to improve their homes.

45. Hawaii

Hawaii ranks as the 45th state on the list that most likely to DIY. The analysis showed that Hawaii ranked for only 15% of the DIY-related keywords. 

Surprisingly, the top project in the state is “how to install an AC,” which peaked in interest in late May last year. This may be an indication that there’s a need for keeping cool in the tropical climate.

Besides this, I found some interest in other DIY tasks like making fences, building houses, and fixing toilets. It is worth noting that Hawaii’s location and isolation might have an impact on the availability of materials and tools, which could explain the low ranking for other projects.

But despite the relatively low interest in DIY projects in Hawaii, 16% of respondents from the state say that they have done a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 24% did the project themselves, while 41% hired a contractor, and 35% worked on the project with a contractor.

DIY AC

46. Connecticut

Connecticut ranks 46th on the list. My research found that the state didn’t show consistent interest in the DIY-related keywords. 

However, wall decor is the most-searched DIY project in the state. Other projects that have some interest include workbenches, DIY lighting, dressers, and backsplash tiling.

In terms of DIY activity, 15% of respondents from Connecticut said they did a DIY project in the last 6 months. Among them, 25% reported doing the DIY project themselves, while 38% hired a contractor, and 37% worked on a project and hired a contractor.

It’s worth noting that Connecticut is known for its high cost of living, which may explain the relatively low interest in DIY projects. Homeowners may be more inclined to hire contractors or professionals to do the work for them rather than take on projects themselves. 

Additionally, the state’s small size may limit the availability of materials and resources for DIY projects.

47. Rhode Island

Rhode Island is ranked 47th in the list of states most likely to DIY, and while it’s near the bottom of the list, there are still some interesting projects that people in the state are working on. 

Although I didn’t find a consistent interest in most of the DIY-related keywords, Rhode Island stands out for its interest in building sheds, with the search term peaking in early October last year. Additionally, there was some interest in building fences and houses in the state.

While Rhode Island didn’t show a steady interest in most of the DIY-related keywords we used, it’s worth noting that around 15% of the state’s residents have undertaken a DIY project in the past 6 months. 

Of those, 23% did the project themselves, 40% hired a contractor, and 37% worked on the project and hired a contractor. It’s clear that Rhode Islanders are still interested in home improvement and renovation, even if they aren’t always doing it themselves.

DIY Shed

48. New Jersey

New Jersey, ranking 48th on the list of states most likely to DIY, didn’t show a significant interest in DIY-related search terms. However, it seems like building an outdoor bar is a popular DIY project among New Jerseyites, which topped all other projects in the state. 

This could be attributed to the state’s love for outdoor entertainment and barbecues. Reupholstery and DIY lighting also seem to have some interest in the state.

Despite not being particularly DIY-savvy, a small percentage of New Jersey residents still engage in DIY projects. 14% of respondents from the state reported doing a DIY project in the last 6 months. 

Among those who did, a majority of 46% worked on a project and hired a contractor, while 26% chose to do the project themselves. Only 28% of respondents hired a contractor without doing any DIY work.

While New Jersey may not be the most DIY-driven state, it’s still possible to find DIY resources and communities within the state. There are plenty of hardware stores and home improvement centers where people can buy supplies and seek advice.

49. Wyoming

Wyoming is a state that doesn’t show a consistent interest in DIY projects, ranking second to the lowest on the list at only 8% of the keywords analyzed. However, the state still has some interest in specific DIY tasks like cleaning filters and building houses.

Despite the lack of consistent interest, 14% of respondents from Wyoming reported doing a DIY project in the last 6 months. Of those, 22% said they did the project themselves, while 37% hired a contractor, and 41% worked on a project and hired a contractor. 

This suggests that while Wyomingites may not be as inclined to DIY, they are still willing to take on projects with the help of a professional.

DIY house

It’s worth noting that Wyoming has a relatively small population, and many DIY projects may be related to the unique challenges of living in a more rural state. 

The harsh weather and long distances between towns may require residents to be more self-sufficient when it comes to home repairs and maintenance.

50. South Dakota

South Dakota may not be at the forefront of the DIY movement, but its residents still have some interest in taking on home improvement projects. While the state ranked low on the list of states most likely to DIY, some interest in decks, fences, and caulking.

According to the survey data, 14% of respondents from South Dakota reported having completed a DIY project in the last 6 months. 

Of those, 21% said they completed the project entirely themselves, while 38% hired a contractor and 41% worked on the project with a combination of DIY and contractor assistance.

South Dakota’s lack of interest in DIY projects could be attributed to a variety of factors, such as a smaller population size or a lack of available resources for home improvement. 

It’s possible that residents may prefer to hire contractors or handymen to take on home improvement tasks, rather than doing it themselves. 

Additionally, South Dakota is known for its harsh winters, which may make it difficult or less desirable to work on outdoor projects for a good portion of the year.

DIY fence

Final Thoughts

DIY culture is an important aspect of American society, providing both practical skills and creative outlets for individuals across the country. While some states may show more interest in DIY projects than others, the benefits of DIY culture are universal. 

By taking on DIY projects, individuals can save money, gain valuable skills, and express their creativity in unique and meaningful ways. 

As we have seen, each state has its own unique interests and strengths when it comes to DIY projects, and it is worth exploring the opportunities that are available in your own community.

Whether it’s building a shed, reupholstering a chair, or simply fixing a leaky faucet, there are countless ways to get involved in DIY culture. 

So whether you live in a state that ranks high or low on the list of DIY enthusiasts, we encourage you to explore the world of DIY and discover the joys of creating and building on your own.

Methodology

In crafting this article, I employed a dual-pronged methodology to accurately gauge the intensity of DIY culture across various states.

First off, I meticulously sifted through more than 500 Google search terms tied to DIY home projects from the past year, subsequently calculating an average ranking for each state based on these search terms.

Next, I spearheaded a survey in February 2024, reaching out to 3,508 Americans to gather their perspectives on DIY home projects. The demographic of respondents was diverse, consisting of 51% male, 48% female, and 1% identifying as non-binary or transgender, spanning ages 18 to 68, with an average age landing at 38.

By marrying these two datasets, I managed to unveil nuanced insights into the DIY culture prevalent in each state, shedding light on the degrees of interest and participation in DIY projects. 

I hold a firm belief in the multifaceted importance of DIY culture, recognizing its value as both a practical skill set and a channel for creative expression. 

I wholeheartedly encourage readers to delve into DIY ventures within their state or community, embracing the myriad of benefits that DIY projects inherently offer.

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Robert Johnson is a passionate furniture maker & carpenter, sought after for his knowledge on the craft.
You’ve probably seen his down-to-earth wisdom in USA Today, Bobvila, Family Handyman, and The Spruce, where he has shared commentary and guidance on various woodworking topics.

Robert is the brain behind Sawinery, where he aims to share tips, tricks, and a passion for all things carpentry.

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