Study: Regional Variations In Personalities Across America
What does the state we live in say about our personality? Apparently, you can tell a lot about a person just by knowing where they live.
A study by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology gives the common OCEAN psychological personality test to the 48 contiguous states and DC. Nearly 1.6 million people responded. Experts compared the personalities traits of openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism across the country. They found three personality regions.
Red represented friendly and conventional, and encompasses mostly the Midwest, the South, and the Northwest of America.
Green represented relaxed and creative, and encompassed the west coast, part of the southwest, and two states in the Mid-Atlantic.
And blue, which is the Northeast, including our Delaware Valley, is temperamental and uninhibited.
Pennsylvania ranked ninth for neuroticism, New Jersey ranked 13th and Delaware ranked sixth! West Virginia ranked number one in Neuroticism, while Utah is least.
On the scale of agreeableness, Utah ranked as first, while Washington, DC ranked last. Finally, on the sale of extroversion, Wisconsin ranked first. Washington, DC was first on openness, while North Dakotans ranked last. South Carolina takes first place when it comes to conscientiousness, while Maine comes in last.
During the Good Day discussion, Mike brought up a good point when analyzing the results, which is a common concern with correlation studies: do people with similar mindsets just go to certain regions, or do certain regions cause people to become a certain way?