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Pop, Soda or Coke – What Part of the Country Are You From?

Do you call it Pop, Soda or Coke?

Still an accurate map?

I moved from one SODA to another SODA so that’s what I’ve always called it. 🙂

You can view the bigger map HERE.

Or the state by state poll results.

Looks like Canada is mostly POP except for Quebec (but of course 😉  ).

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30 March 2011 Advertising, Food 27 Comments


  • Monica says:

    I’ve lived in soda country all my life, but I love it when people call it pop, it’s so cute. Interesting that Coke country’s epicenter appears to be Atlanta, hehe.

  • Steve AKA: Poppa says:

    As a transplanted New Yorker to the ‘other’ Washington, I still say soda. Anybody in New York City, do they still sell “egg creams.” even though there’s no egg in it?

    (MET: All authentic delis still have egg creams but yea, you’d be tough to find one made the old, old fashioned way 🙂 ).

  • Fillmore1234 says:

    I live where Soda is the phrase but I call it Coke if it’s some type of Coke, Mountain Dew if its Mountain Dew, Sprite if it’s Sprite, Root Beer if it’s Root Beer, Pepsi if it’s Pepsi, etc… I think you get the idea.

  • MrBrownstone says:

    In the UK we call it “Coke” if it is in fact “Coke” (i.e Coca-Cola) – we call “Sprite”, “Sprite”, etc…..

    All of the above are classified as “Pop” (i.e a can of pop)

  • Sabrina says:

    It’s always been pop for me…growing up in Ontario Canada…now living in Vancouver, BC though, I’ve found that lately it’s been changing to soda for some reason.

  • danrio says:

    I’m a transplanted “popper” from Western New York who settled in California which is definitely “soda” country.

    By the way, I found a link which explains the “other” categories. Since some of the submissions are nonsense or just babbling and others were were made by gross idiots who like to muddy the water, it’s not really worth looking at or searching for, and your parents wouldn’t want you to do that! But, there are at least hundreds, if not thousands of printable variations. Some appear hundreds of times; others only once! Most seem to name specific drinks (Tea, Juice, specific brand names, etc.). There are a few “cute” ones: Co’cola, Tonic, bubbly and many spelling variations of sody or sody pop. Tarzan slam and soft drink come up on quite a few states’ lists. This one came up on Hawaii’s list: Hamapalikunahaya. I hope that’s not one of 7 words you’re not supposed to say, but wouldn’t it be easier to say “pop” or “soda”?
    Hope y’all found this interestin’; I’m gonna finish of my soda now. ‘Bye.

  • Nicole H says:

    I go with soda. Why do people who want a Mt Dew ask for a coke?? Never made sense to me. I think the bigger question here is: Is it a bubbler or a drinking fountain? I say bubbler. But, I am also from a state where we think it’s cool to wear a piece of foam cheese on our heads.

  • cac1959 says:

    eastern Indiana – it’s pop…

    I am secretary of a bowling league – we’d have Coke frames – when all but one person on a team gets a strike or converts a split… 3 years ago the bowling alley switched to Pepsi products – I’ve now converted my league mates to call them Pepsi frames.

    I prefer Pepsi over Coke… I like Dr. Pepper but am allergic to one of the 23 ingredients so I can’t drink it… I never did care for Mt Dew… I love Vault… For low or no caffeine I drink 7Up (not to be confused with the Pixar movie UP) or Ginger Ale or Raspberry Ginger Ale… I can’t stand the taste of any diet pop…

    As I have gotten older, I’ve had to cut down on my pop consumption and need to cut down on my caffeine intake… In the summer I make unsweetened caffeine free sun tea… hopefully it warms up soon so I can make some more… I add lemon (no sugar) or lemon juice and – refreshing!

  • Yep New Englanders called it tonic. In general I call it soda. Coke is a brand like Pepsi; it is specific.

  • NascarFan says:

    Iowa – Missouri: pop

    Oklahoma – Arkansas: Coke or sody pop

    Arizona, Utah, Nevada: Soda

  • Man-I-Fold says:

    I’m intrigued by this “other” category. What exactly do they call it in those little tiny green areas of the country? I grew up in Iowa – always called it pop. Woody Guthrie would say “sodie pop.”

  • jmularczyk says:

    Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop up here in Michigan

  • Hostile Takeover Banker says:

    Cool drink? Or even just drink, before specifying the particular type of fizz.

  • mia, tia and njm says:

    I’ll ask friends if they want to go for a Coke but when I order at Burger King etc. I ask for pop. I’ve NEVER ordered a “Coke” because I’m a Diet Pepsi fan. My mom took an asprin with a Coke when she was young and it made her loopy. I think that must have been back when they put “coke” in the Coke?

  • Vegas Vic says:

    Michigan is hard core “POP” country.

  • kevin roche says:

    originally from CT. we called it soda, but down here in Fla. they call it all of the above

  • old hippie says:

    Soda here.
    Dr Pepper or any Root Beer are my favorites. When I was a kid, I used to get a Cherry Coke at the local mom/pop fountain shop; called the Dairy Treat. Soooooooo long ago.

  • sidewall74shine says:

    Here in Texas, I rarely hear Coke. I hear soda. Coke is just for the specific one, soda is general. BTW, Pepsi is better than Coca Cola. Why do 95% of restraunts have Coke? Especially since Pepsi has a monopoly with Mt. Dew, which is cool too. Coke, at least make a Mt. Dew compeditior. Where’s the competition?

  • Chris with tray says:

    I grew up in Coke-ville, but according to the map I now live in Pop-burg…..I can say with absolute certainty that Oregon, at least Portland, is definitely not “pop” country. It’s pretty even between “soda” and “Coke”, but if I had to pick one, I’d give “Coke” the edge. I consider myself an authority on this (and I can’t imagine me saying that under any other circumstance). I am “Chris with tray”, after all.

  • bobbyjack says:

    Always called it soda. Would never call a Pepsi or Mountain Dew or a Root Beer a “Coke”. Been a lot of other places in the country and always heard it called soda. Heard it called soda pop sometimes but never just “pop”.

  • Micky says:

    Grew up in a 100% Soda area of a state. Moved to a Soda/Coke area of another state.

  • Adam says:

    The older generation in New England calls it tonic

  • John in Missouri says:


  • MiaSenorita says:

    So what is the “other” ???? What else do people call it?? carbonated beverage please? hmmmmm

    ooo – and POP all the way !

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