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AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 18: Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon attend the world premiere of "Air" at the Paramount Theatre during the 2023 SXSW Conference And Festival on March 18, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/WireImage)

Who is the most famous person in Massachusetts? I’m sure everyone will have different answers but only one website has tackled this very question about not only Massachusetts, but every state in America. Now there’s really no mathematical equation that went into these findings. It’s more so when you ask the average person in each state who they think the most famous celebrity is, what the most people answered. Let’s take a look at exactly how each state’s famous celebrity was determined.

First, who can be eligible for this? Any celebrity from politicians, entertainers, actors, singers and such. The data is taken from people who look objectively at the celebrity, where they were born and how much fame they achieved in their respective state. And how was this information determined? According to the website, their Methodology is: “The latest data is based on a nationally representative survey of the US population, collected during Q2 2023. Individuals were presented with a series of famous people and asked to identify whether or not they are familiar with them.”

So who are the heavy hitters mentioned in this survey? Well we can look at Texas first. The most famous person in Texas is Beyonce who is from Houston. That is for sure an obvious one. There are second through fifth places too (where relevant). In regards to Texas, second place is Matthew McConaughey and third place is Willie Nelson. Three very viable celebrities in Texas for sure. We will list the most famous celebrity in each state below and of course, if you have any suggestions or feel strongly about the answers for any, you can submit changes to us. Although we believe the winner for the most famous person in Massachusetts won’t be debated by many. Here are the most famous people in each state.

  • Alabama - Lionel Richie

    Courteney Cox and Channing Tatum came in second and third. Lionel was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.

    Biography - Alabama Music Hall of Fame

    Lionel Richie "now stands at the pinnacle of pop music, recognized around the world as the most successful singer/songwriter working today," Charles Whitaker announced in a 1987 Ebony article. "His string of nine No. 1 hits," Whitaker continued, "in nine consecutive years, is a music business record."

  • Alaska - Bristol Palin

    Second and third place include Lisa Murkowski and Curt Schilling. Bristol is the oldest daughter and second of five children of Todd and Sarah Palin. She’s had several TV appearances including Dancing With the Stars on ABC and Teen Mom OG. 

    Bristol Palin News - Us Weekly

    Born in October 1990, Bristol Palin is the oldest daughter to former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. Bristol made headlines in September 2008 when her mom announced three days after her Republican vice-presidential candidacy that the teen was five months pregnant and was planning on getting married to the father of her child, Levi Johnston.

  • Arizona - Emma Stone

    Second and third place being Linda Ronstadt and Lynda Carter. Emma Stone was once America’s highest paid actress and was once named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    Emma Stone | Actress, Producer, Soundtrack

    Emma Stone. Actress: La La Land. Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born on November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona to Krista Jean Stone (née Yeager), a homemaker & Jeffrey Charles "Jeff" Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish, German & British Isles descent.

  • Arkansas - Bill Clinton

    Second and third place being Chelsea Clinton and Billy Bob Thornton. Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He was also the governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992.

    William J. Clinton | The White House

    Bill Clinton is an American politician from Arkansas who served as the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001). He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first baby-boomer generation President.

  • California - Nicolas Cage

    Second and third place being Will Ferrell and Kim Kardashian. Nicolas Kim Coppola, known by his stage name Nicolas Cage, was born in California January 7, 1964.  He’s won several awards including an Oscar. 

    Nicolas Cage | Actor, Producer, Director

    Nicolas Cage. Actor: Face/Off. Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish and German (mother) descent.

  • Colorado - Tim Allen

    Second and third are John Kerry and Neil Gorsuch. Of course Tim Allen best known for playing Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement.

  • Connecticut - George W. Bush

    Second and third are Meg Ryan and Michael Bolton. Now George W. Bush didn’t grow up in CT but he was born in New Haven. So yeah, I guess one could claim him.

    George W. Bush: Life Before the Presidency | Miller Center

    George W. Bush was the first child of George Herbert Walker Bush and the former Barbara Pierce. George H. W. Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday and became notable as the youngest pilot to earn his wings in World War II. Prior to enlistment, George H. W.

  • Delaware - Valerie Bertinell

    Second and third are Elisabeth Shue and Ryan Phillippe. Valerie was best known for playing Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time.  She is also doing work on the Food Network 

    Valerie Bertinelli

    Two-time Golden Globe Award-winning actress Valerie Bertinelli first became a household name for her role as Barbara on CBS' long-running series One Day at a Time. Over the years, her career has expanded to include television personality, spokeswoman and New York Times best-selling author of One Dish at a Time and Losing It, Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge.

  • Florida - Ariana Grande

    Second and third Wesley Snipes and Ron DeSantis. Ariana was born in Boca Raton, Florida.   She studied at Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School where she lived for about 18 years before pursuing an acting career. 

    Ariana Grande's houses, from her Florida childhood home to luxe LA mansions

    With an impressive 14-year career as a successful chart-topping singer, it's no surprise that Ariana Grande has built an impressive property portfolio. Let's take a look inside...

  • Georgia - Julia Roberts

    Second and third Kanye West and Hulk Hogan. Julia was born in Smyrna, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She moved to NYC following graduating from high school. 

    Georgia: Julia Roberts

    Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia Julia Roberts, although born in Smyrna, Georgia, later moved to New York after graduating from high school. Roberts won an Oscar in 2001 for her role in "Erin Brockovich."

  • Hawaii - Barack Obama

    Second and third Nicole Kidman and Bruno Mars. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He’s in the news most recently for vowing to help Hawaii rebuild after the wildfires. 

    Obama urges people to help his homestate of Hawaii after devastating wildfires

    "The thing about it is though, thoughts and prayers in a moment like this are not enough," the former president, who grew up in Honolulu, said.

  • Idaho - Sarah Palin

    Second and third Aaron Paul and  Kristin Armstrong. Although Sarah served in Alaska, she was born in Sandpoint, Idaho.  

    Sarah Palin - Biography - IMDb

    Sarah Palin. Writer: The Undefeated. Sarah Palin is an American politician and television personality. She was born on February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho, as Sarah Louise Heath, the daughter of Chuck Heath and Sally Heath. She grew up in Alaska and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho.

  • Illinois - Michelle Obama

    Second and third Hillary Clinton and Betty White.  Michelle Obama grew up on the south side of Chicago where she became a lawyer.

    First Lady Michelle Obama

    Michelle Robinson Obama was born in DeYoung, Illinois, on January 17, 1964, to parents Frasier Robinson III and Marian Shields. She grew up in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood with her older brother Craig, attending Chicago Public Schools and quickly joining gifted classes in elementary school. Mrs.

  • Indiana - Janet Jackson

    Second and third David Letterman and Mike Pence. Janet was born in Gary Indiana.

    Janet Jackson Visits Her Family's Humble Indiana Home for the First Time in 43 Years | Essence

    Janet Jackson Visits Her Family's Humble Indiana Home for the First Time in 43 Years

  • Iowa - Ashton Kutcher

    Second and third Tom Arnold and Elijah Wood. Ashton graduated from Clear Creek Amana High School in small town Tiffin about 25 minutes outside Cedar Rapids.

    Iowa native Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis stop at Cedar Rapids barbecue restaurant Thursday

    Ashton Kutcher and MIla Kunis made a stop in Cedar Rapids on Thursday.

  • Kansas - Kirstie Alley

    Second and third Bob Dole and Melissa Etheridge. Kirstie was born in Wichita Kansas. Before moving to LA she actually attended Kansas State University.

    Friends, Wichita community remember Kirstie Alley

    As fans across the U.S. and beyond mourn the death of Wichita native and Hollywood actress Kristie Alley, 12 News looked back at her presence in the city where she grew up.

  • Kentucky - Johnny Depp

    Second and third George Clooney and Jennifer Lawrence. Johnny Depp’s hometown is Owensboro Kentucky. He actually still has family living in the area. 

    Johnny Depp returns to his hometown in Kentucky

    The actor, 59, who grew up in Owensboro, was visiting loved ones in the city and happily posed for snaps with fans.

  • Louisiana - Ellen Degeneres

    Second and third Reese Witherspoon and Tyler Perry. Ellen was born in  Metairie, Louisiana which is a suburb of New Orleans.  She graduated from Atlanta High School in May 1976.

    Ellen DeGeneres Through the Years: From Comedian to Talk Show Host

    Ellen DeGeneres made a name for herself after taking the world by storm with her wit and charm - see photos of the talk show host through the years

  • Maine - Stephen King

    Second and third Patrick Dempsey and Anna Kendrick. Stephen was born in Portland, Maine in 1947.  He uses Maine as many sources of inspiration for his stories and films. 

    The It factor: exploring Stephen King's Maine

    With the film of Stephen King's It breaking box-office records, we tour the brooding locations in and around his home town that inspired the 'king of fright'

  • Maryland - Nancy Pelosi

    Second and third Jada Pinkett Smith and David Hasselhoff. Nany was born in Baltimore.  Her father Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. served as mayor from 1947 to 1959.

    Nancy Pelosi: How she rose to the top - and stayed there

    The Democrat has played a critical role in advancing - or thwarting - the agendas of presidents.

  • Massachusetts - Matt Damon

    Second and third Conan O’Brien and Kurt Russell. WHAT? No Ben Affleck? I’m rather annoyed by this list. I didn’t even know Kurt Russell was from Massachusetts.

    Matt was born in Cambridge

    Matt Damon - Biography - IMDb

    Matt Damon. Actor: Good Will Hunting. Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor.

  • Every other state

    Michigan: Stevie Wonder, Minnesota: Bob Dylan, Mississippi: Oprah Winfrey, Missouri: Dick Van Dyke, Montana: Patrick Duffy, Nebraska: Larry the Cable Guy, Nevada: Andre Agassi, New Hampshire: Sarah Silverman, New Jersey: Jack Nicholson, New Mexico: Neil Patrick Harris, New York: Jennifer Lopez, North Carolina: Dale Earnhardt Jr., North Dakota: Josh Duhamel, Ohio: Sarah Jessica Parker, Oklahoma: Brad Pitt, Oregon: Tanya Harding, Pennsylvania: Taylor Swift, Rhode Island: Meredith Vieria, South Carolina: Chris Rock, South Dakota: Tom Brokaw, Tennessee: Justin Timberlake, Texas: Beyonce, Utah: Donny Osmond, Vermont: Damon Wayans Jr, Virginia: Sandra Bullock, Washington: Bill Gates, West Virginia: Brad Paisley, Wisconsin: Mark Ruffalo, Wyoming: Dana Perino

    Most Famous Person by State

    In this report, we delve into the famous individuals from each state in the United States. From actors and politicians to musicians, we showcase the top figures who dominate the fame charts in their respective states. Interestingly, the current president didn't secure the most famous spot in his home state.

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