Here’s what Philly googled in 2017

A few bits of local flavor that stand out from the national rankings: Roy Halladay, Charlie Murphy, iPhone mania.

Philly was big on sports and consumer tech this year. (Photo by Pixabay user Photo-Mix, used under a Creative Commons license)
People in the U.S. asked a lot of “how to’s” this year, according to Google.

It was the overarching theme on Google’s Year in Search report for 2017. From the whimsical  (“How to make slime”) to the panicky (“How to freeze your credit”), from the practical (“How to screen record”) to the bubbly (“How to buy Bitcoin”) Google recapped the search terms that saw a spike in 2017 when compared to last year.

Though localized data on the “how to” searches was not made available, the company did release a list of the biggest search terms of the year for Philly. In keeping with the national trend, the No. 1 search term was Hurricane Irma, the catastrophic storm that caused over a hundred casualties and affected millions in Florida, Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean islands.

Here’s the full Philly list:

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Tom Petty
  3. Bitcoin price
  4. Super Bowl
  5. iPhone 8
  6. Roy Halladay
  7. Matt Lauer
  8. iPhone X
  9. Charlie Murphy
  10. Solar eclipse

We’re not that different from the rest of the country, really. Here’s the national list (with Philly duplicates crossed out):

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Matt Lauer
  3. Tom Petty
  4. Super Bowl
  5. Las Vegas shooting
  6. Mayweather vs McGregor fight
  7. Solar eclipse
  8. Hurricane Harvey
  9. Aaron Hernandez
  10. Fidget Spinner

We’ll leave you with this two-minute recap of 2017’s most Googled moments:


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