Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who do Indiana residents find the fairest of all? That's the question one company found the answer to, and one that I wanted to find out if they were right.

National Princess Day is November 18th

Yes, National Princess Day is apparently a real thing. According to Days of the Year, it wasn't inspired by Disney.

...it was brought in by a smaller company, Nest Entertainment, which decided to work with Sony Entertainment to develop one of the last hand-drawn stories, The Swan Princess.

Of course, today, when you think of a princess, you likely think of one made popular by Disney because no matter how old you are, you grew up watching Disney movies. I mean, the original Snow White was released 85 years ago in 1937. So, unless your 86-years-old or older (and if you are, what's your secret? It's a shot of whiskey every day, isn't it?), I have no doubt you've seen at least one movie featuring a world-famous Disney princess at some point in your lifetime. More than likely, you've seen many of them several times over. You may even have one in particular that you would classify as your favorite. Maybe it's Cinderella because at the end of the day, despite all the grief and bullying she endured from her stepmom and stepsisters, she's able to get away from that life and live happily ever after with her prince. Maybe you prefer one of the more modern princesses like Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Tiana from The Princess and the Frog because they're strong, independent women who don't need some man to come and save them from whatever he thinks they need to be saved from. They're more than capable of taking care of themselves.

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Whoever you prefer, what are the chances it falls in line with other residents in the state of Indiana? That's what the Shane Co. decided to find out.

Using search data from Google Trends over the past 12 months, they looked to see who the most-searched Disney princess was in each state. When all was said and done, the Disney princess they determined was the most popular in Indiana based on the results is the one who lives "under the sea."


Apparently, Ariel is pretty popular in more states than Indiana. She was also the top result for Kentucky, Illinois, and 23 other states across the country.

But, I didn't want to just take their word for it, so I did some completely unscientific research of my own by simply asking the question, "Who is your favorite Disney princess?" on our Facebook page.

Out of the people who gave a serious answer (i.e. the name of an actual Disney princess), Ariel was only mentioned twice. Jasmine from Aladdin also received two mentions, while Cinderella got five. But there was one princess who was clearly the favorite, and that was the aforementioned Belle from Beauty and the Beast who was mentioned a whopping eight times.

Obviously, my method wasn't quite as thorough as Shane Co., but I thought it was interesting to see the contrast between the two results. Maybe it was the bigger cities like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne that tipped the scales in Ariel's favor. The city of Indianapolis alone has more people in it than Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey, Gibson, Spencer, Perry, and Pike Counties combined.

At the end of the day, we like who we like for whatever reason we like her, regardless of whether or not our opinion falls in line with the rest of our Hoosier neighbors, and that's OK.

You can see the complete breakdown of the most popular Disney princesses by state, along with the most popular Disney prince in each state on the Shane Co. website.

[Sources: Shane Co. / Days of the Year]

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