By The Numbers

Here are the most common superstitions by state

Does your St. Patrick’s Day tradition include kissing a blarney stone or wishing on a four leaf clover?

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino analyzed Google search volume for more than 200 different superstitions to find the most popular superstitions in every state across the country.

They also surveyed over 1,000 Americans to learn more about their belief in superstitions.

The most popular superstitions in America, according to the report are as follows:

Throwing salt over your shoulder is the top superstition in the nation, followed by the belief that bad luck comes in threes. If you’ve had two bad things happen to you, the number three superstition — carrying a lucky rabbits foot — may stave off that third bad event. The fourth most common superstition is Friday the 13th and rounding out the top five is the belief that Ladybugs are a sign of good luck.

Below are some more findings from the survey.

  • 65% of Americans are superstitious. 83% believe in good luck, 50% believe in bad luck. 
  • 37% of Americans believe Friday the 13th brings bad luck.
  • 34% of Americans believe St. Patricks’ Day is a lucky day. Nearly double that amount (60%) say they wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Here’s what the most commonly held superstition was in each state.

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