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Grand Old Party Fouls: 2014 Clumsiest States Index Reveals Red States Outpace Blue States in Device Damage

SquareTrade Data Reveals a Close Race: 6 of the top 10 Clumsiest States Tend to Vote along Conservative Party Lines

SquareTrade®, the #1-rated protection plan trusted by millions of happy customers, today released the results of its annual Clumsiest States Index. The Index reveals how states fare when it comes to their citizens' rate of device accidents and damage, based on warranties purchased during the calendar year 2013. In what is now a national epidemic, SquareTrade expects that more than 54 million smartphones and tablets will be damaged or will die in 2015. This is the third consecutive year SquareTrade has published its Clumsiest States Index.

"With Election Day right around the corner, we immediately noticed the symmetry at the top and bottom of this year's rankings: the ten clumsiest states are comprised of six red states and four blue states, and vice versa for the ten least clumsy states," said SquareTrade's CMO Ty Shay. "But regardless of your political persuasion, device damage is clearly on the rise; we hope that as we move into the busy holiday season, Americans keep their devices safe and protected."

This year's rankings include claims data for all brands of smartphones and tablets, whereas previous Clumsiest States Indexes were based on iPhone damage claims alone.

 

Top 10 Clumsiest States in 2014

Political Leaning*

Top 10 Least Clumsy States in 2014

Political Leaning*

1. Utah

Red

1. Iowa

Blue

2. Idaho

Red

2. New Hampshire

Blue

3. California

Blue

3. Ohio

Blue

4. Louisiana

Red

4. Texas

Red

5. Colorado

Blue

5. Maine

Blue

6. Arizona

Red

6. Pennsylvania

Blue

7. Montana

Red

7. Arkansas

Red

8. Washington

Blue

8. Indiana

Red

9. Mississippi

Red

9. Tennessee

Red

10. Minnesota

Blue

10. Maryland

Blue