Animal groups from all over the country (and beyond) approach us when they hear that FiXiT is working on novel and out of the box solutions for bringing an end to pet overpopulation in their neck of the woods. Of course, we are still a small organization with limited resources ourselves, but it inevitably results in interesting discussions about how different regions of the country can be so similar yet so different.
Yesterday, after a particular interesting discussion with the director of Spay Tennessee, I was inspired to know more about where GetYourFix Users come from and if there was some variable that was important for driving this pattern. Which states have the most/least Users? Does this correlate with the human population, area, density or shelter euthanasia rate? Here is what I found:
States with the most Users (#1 is the most):
1. California 2. Arizona 3. Texas 4. Florida 5. Georgia
States with the least Users (#1 is the least; #2 is a 5-way tie):
1. Alaska 2. Delaware 2. Vermont 2. North Dakota 2. South Dakota 2. Wyoming
The best indicator of GetYourFix Users is total population size in the state – so more people = more Users. That makes sense. That also makes me happy, indicating that we are reaching people all over the country.
The one anomaly in this pattern is Arizona, which is only the 16th most populous state. Arizona has the MOST Users per 1000 state residents and the MOST Users per density (people per square mile). Hmm. Arizona’s published euthanasia rates in Animal People’s July 2011 issue are high, but not nearly as high as other states, such as Tennessee and New Mexico, who aren’t in our top ten states.
So what is going on in Arizona? How are they doing such a good job at getting Users on GetYourFix? We will have to dig a little deeper to find out. In the meantime, we continue to welcome Users and Funders from around the country!