What does your state say about your personality?
Southerners are hospitable, Californians are laid back, New Yorkers are stressed out—Americans have long associated different U.S. regions with certain personality traits.
Now, there’s research to back it up. A new report published by the American Psychological Association suggests that Americans with similar temperaments tend to live in the same geographic areas.
Researchers examined the personality traits of over 1.5 million people via social media questionnaires and other surveys, evaluating people of all ages based on five broad personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. The study was conducted over 12 years in the 48 states and the District of Columbia (sorry, Alaska and Hawaii!)
From the data they collected, researchers divided the U.S. into three personality groups. People from the north-central Great Plains (especially in the Great Lakes area) and parts of the South tend to be “conventional and friendly,” while people from Western states (especially California, Arizona, and Oregon) tend to be “relaxed and creative.” Northeasterners and Texans, on the other hand, were classified as “temperamental and uninhibited.”
The study found that people in the “friendly and conventional” region are “typically less affluent, less educated, more politically conservative, more likely to be Protestant and less healthy compared to other regions,” according to a release summarizing the study’s findings.
On the other hand, people living in the “relaxed and creative” states “are more culturally and ethnically diverse, more liberal, wealthier, more educated, comparatively healthy and less likely to be Protestant.” As for the “temperamental and uninhibited” Northeast ?People in that region are more likely to be women and older adults, and are also more likely to be affluent and politically liberal.
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