Capitol Hill is surrounded by what might be called the "capital spill zone," at least according to data (and a requisite corresponding infographic, of course) released by gadget warranty outfit SquareTrade Monday.
This is the second year in a row the company has broken down the total number of iPhone damage claims in comparison with total protection plans it sold by state to draft its "clumsiest states" list. This year, the most dangerous place in the United States to be an iPhone isn't actually a state. It's that bright, shining center of our democracy: Washington.
Of course, given that Congress' approval ratings spent much of 2013 at historic lows, it could also be argued that the town is more known for being full of slime than anything else, which could lead to an increased level of general slipperiness that's boosted the number of smartphone drops and other mishaps.
Or, as SquareTrade suggests, perhaps the capital rocketing to the top of the ranking has something to do with the success of its sports teams in the past year -- it claims 23 million Americans have damaged devices during sporting events.
Interestingly, only two states -- Georgia and Louisiana -- are on the list for both 2012 and 2013, suggesting that, really, we're all equally clumsy regardless of our geography. After all, my state -- New Mexico -- was No. 2 on last year's list before completely dropping off it this year. While I've done no scientific studies of iPhone droppage, I can assure you New Mexicans are no less clumsy now than we were last year, and I actually put one more smartphone through a wash, rinse, and spin cycle in 2013 than I did in 2012.
SquareTrade does suggest at least one event that happened during the data period (which actually runs from from last fall to this fall) that could have impacted the rankings -- Hurricane Sandy. The superstorm largely impacted New Jersey and New York, which both make their first appearances on the list.
After Washington, DC, the nine other most dangerous places to be an iPhone are (in order): Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Utah, Texas, New York, California, Louisiana, and Wyoming.
Get more details on the data in the infographic below, and then share your iPhone accident story in the comments section.