Checking in with the herd

The 2014 State of the Herd Report is out, and this year’s pony fans are marginally more female, a teensy bit more married (though 4.7 percent won’t overwhelm the Los Pegasus wedding chapels), and just about as likely to pester friends and neighbors to watch the darn show already.

A few not-entirely-random quotes from the report:

Utah has the most Bronies per 100,000 … followed closely by Alaska. Mississippi, once again, is dead last in per capita Bronyism.

Utah checks in with 9.03 per 100k; Mississippi, 1.87. (Oklahoma, should you be curious, is mid-pack at 4.47.)

There’s a very distinct gender break on the Pegasister question. While 60% of males basically “meh” at the question [“Women should be pegasisters,” as distinguished from bronies], 47% of females either disagree or strongly disagree, with only 14% agreeing or strongly agreeing.

A desire not to be segregated? Fancy that.

On the question of Favorite Character, it takes seven slots to include the Mane Six, since Princess Luna has vaulted all the way to third. (Derpy is eighth.) And this is a trifle alarming:

As you look through the list, stop to consider that Tom, a piece of rock, drew more votes than Flim, Flam, and either Mr. or Mrs. Cake.

And the data-collection period ended long before we met Pinkie Pie’s sister Maud, so I see Tom, if only as a possible ship for Maud, gaining popularity in the near future. Also, Flam outdrew Flim, which makes me wonder if people can really tell them apart.


  1. jsallison »

    21 March 2014 · 6:49 pm

    Granddaughter’s theoretical fave is Rainbow Dash, but that can change hourly so pay your money and take your chance. I’m kinda fond of my little Borg pony… but I’m funny that way.

  2. jsallison »

    21 March 2014 · 6:50 pm

    It should bother me that I know that, but she hasn’t tried to paint my fingernails, yet, thank the gods…

  3. fillyjonk »

    22 March 2014 · 7:21 am

    Huh. I guess I’m that rare female who’s “meh” about “brony” vs. “pegasister.” I started out marginally preferring pegasister but now I don’t care.

    Fluttershy is still my favorite, though Pinkie Pie has moved up in my rankings recently. And Luna is still Best Princess. (I still have a hard time thinking of Twi as a princess.)

  4. CGHill »

    22 March 2014 · 11:56 am

    I wonder if we’re getting DHX’s response to Twi’s ascension. In season four it’s really been a plot point only twice, and then it was neutral to negative: when every foal in Ponyville wanted a piece of her time because hey, she’s a princess, and the debut of Sickly Discord.

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