A new study from leading US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase shows that 58% of Americans say they’ve heard of Bitcoin. The researchers point out key factors that indicate a rising interest in cryptocurrencies in the US, and an openness among more people to participate in a new global economy.
The report shows that more than 70% of US states have enacted legislation that addresses cryptocurrency or blockchain.
It also measures interest in Bitcoin against pop icon Kim Kardashian.
“If you want to get a sense of how interested America is in a topic, there aren’t many better benchmarks than Kim Kardashian, whose social-media dominance gives her an outsized slice of our collective consciousness.
Since the beginning of this year, one of the rare ideas that grabbed even more of our attention is Bitcoin. On average, Google users have searched for Bitcoin more often than they sought out info on Kim K., and that number is only trending upwards.”
The report states that in Wisconsin and Utah, 57% of people have “unaided awareness” of Bitcoin, with Colorado, Massachusetts, and Wyoming close behind.
Top 5 states with the highest percentage of crypto holders
- New Jersey
- New York
Across the US, 37% of respondents named Bitcoin in response to a query about cryptocurrencies.
Top 10 states with the largest average value of crypto owned per crypto owner
- New York
- New Hampshire
Says Harrison, a 30-year-old systems manager in Washington State,