What do people's Google searches say about Derbyshire?

What people search on Google about Derbyshire reveal some interesting assumptions about our area...

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 1:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 2:08 pm
What do people's search terms about Derbyshire reveal about their assumptions on the area?

It's amazing what can come up if you Google yourself, but another popular trend has been googling areas to find out what people think about them.

There has been a fashion for years to draw up 'autocomplete maps', where you use Google's search function to reveal what people have been searching about your area, giving a rough idea of people's ideas, stereotypes and assumptions they make about your hometown, county or country. A recent map of Europe labelled by the UK's Google results, for instance, branded the French as anti-Semitic, Lithuanians as basketball lovers and pondered why so many Slovenians wore headphones. For England, the top questions asked are why we have so many accents, why we drive on the left and why we want to leave the EU.

The Google Instant results are based on what other people have searched for, as well as how content in webpages is indexed by Google.

Some results are understandably upsetting. Some are a little worrying. Some are just silly.

Here's a list of the best, worst, and most revealing examples from around our area. Some of them won't surprise you.

Derbyshire: Good limestone

Derby: pronounced Darby / haunted

Chesterfield: Church spire crooked / is it posh? / the name of a couch

Matlock: Popular with bikers

Shirebrook: Rough / What county is it in? / Where Jason Statham is from

Buxton: Water so good / Not in the Peak District

Eyam: 'The plague village' / haunted

Bakewell: A honeypot / nice / flooded

Glossop: Rough / in Manchester

Ilkeston: Rough / racist / nice place to live?

Dronfield: It's in Sheffield

(Results found by searching: Why is Chesterfield... / Does Derby / Glossop is... / Matlock people are.... etc.)