Infographic Shares Frequently-Googled Cost Searches Around the World

Google is a great tool for answering countless queries, including finding out the cost of something. But did you ever wonder what was the most searched-for good in your country? Around the world? Fixr, a cost estimating site, attempts to answer this with an intriguing infographic revealing the different inquiries across the globe. They took the top Google autocomplete searches for “How much does * cost in (country),” and then made a map of the results.

Google searches for costs vary depending on the country. In part of North America, people want to know how much a patent or passport costs. Or, in Mexico, a tummy tuck. There are (slightly) more practical concerns in Europe as users inquire about the cost of gas, studying, and food. Owning a BMW or Ferarri still pops up on the map, though. Fixr's infographic illustrates what we already know – there are vast differences in wealth, priorities, and ethics from place to place.

Although a fascinating way to view our world, this graphic comes with a big caveat. It's in no way scientific. The outcomes are based only on English-language searches, and Google's auto-complete suggestions don't reflect what are actually the most-searched terms. These are what popped up first on the list. Answers can also vary based on your own browsing history. Even still, it's an interesting experiment with some potentially-telling results.

Fixr website
via [Co.Design]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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