1 In 5 Americans Couldn’t Find This WNY Landmark On A Map
How good are you with geography? Think you could point out some U.S. landmarks? Believe it or not, 1 in 5 Americans couldn't find this one from WNY.
We aren't even talking about world geography here. This is American geography. A OnePoll survey was conducted to find out if Americans could identify where some very popular American landmarks were.
To say they didn't perform all that well might be a bit of an understatement.
According to a study conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of Charmin, they asked 2000 people how they felt about their knowledge of our nation's geography. Specifically, they were asked about natural landmarks - things like the Redwood Forest, the Grand Canyon, and Niagara Falls.
They felt pretty confident about it. 64% of people in the study really thought they knew where they all were. They were wrong...a lot.
Only 38% of the people who took the survey knew that the Grand Canyon was in Arizona. The most common incorrect answer for this one was that people thought it was in Colorado. Ok...I've seen the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Click on that link and you might be able to see where people might make that mistake.
The Redwood Forest was one of the most well-known landmarks. 51% of people knew that that one was in California.
The one that was baffling to me was that so many people thought Niagara Falls (the landmark, not the city) was in Iceland. 22% of the people that took the survey thought that! Only 32% of people knew it was in Western New York.
Now, I have been blessed to live near Niagara Falls my entire life. Maybe that's why it seemed so crazy. But wow. As Americans, it might be time to start taking some road trips again. That's how we learned where things were when we were kids. We drove to them as a family. I wonder how I'd do with this survey... How do you think you would do?