"House of Cards" takes place in Washington, D.C., and focuses on what makes the city unique:
melodrama cynicism Machiavellian power grabs government. So it seems natural that plenty of D.C. residents are excited to dig into the second season. Already I’ve heard plenty of acquaintances talk about celebrating Valentine’s Day with "House of Cards" binges – “just like everyone else in D.C.,” these people invariably add.
As far as states go, neighboring Maryland leads: The state had the highest amount of search volume for the show, giving it a score of 100, according to Google Trends data. Early Friday afternoon, D.C. was close behind, with a search score of 85 (all scores are indexed to Maryland in this case, as it is the place where there was the most search volume).
Break it down by city, and two Virginia suburbs of D.C. – Alexandria and Arlington – also on Friday afternoon were dominating Google searches for the show. Washington came in at No. 6, meaning the D.C. metro area accounted for three of the top 10 spots. In general, it appears the entire Amtrak Northeast Corridor may have been the most excited about the show, with Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and New York all represented on Google's map.
Of course, it’s not as if D.C. has a monopoly on "House of Cards" fever. Counting by metro area, neighboring Baltimore and New York City were beating out the nation’s capital as of press time. That may seem surprising, but then again, plenty residents of "This Town" don’t care to concern themselves with its doings (presumably, real or fictional).
Or maybe Baltimore residents were excited about seeing their city – where much of "House of Cards" was shot – as the backdrop to a new sprawling epic in a post-"The Wire" era (a show for which Charm City also leads in Google searches).