Certain regional stereotypes have long since become clichés: The Stressed-out New Yorker. The Laid-back Californian.
But the Conscientious Floridian? The Neurotic Kentuckian? The Dutiful North Carolinian?
You bet -- at least, according to new research on the geography of personality. Based on more than 600,000 questionnaires and published in the Journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, the study maps regional clusters of personality traits, then overlays state-by-state data on crime, health and economic development in search of correlations.
According to the study, Dutiful states -- an eclectic bunch that includes
Hmm...There must be a correlation between math proclivity and manufactured home living, another category in which we lead nationally. (Quick theory: since we are such good mathematicians, many of us have calculated the overall savings and economic advantages of living in manufactured homes and are taking advantage of these discovered efficiencies. However, I wonder if this math contains the more exotic calculations involved when predicting the path of tornados, or the ratings of the Jerry Springer show?)
However, California which ranks 38th in Agreeableness is sort of the headquarters for this type of behavior, where almost anyone will invite you in and tell you their life story…but one must be careful not to eat or drink what you are offered.
The other exceptions to this Agreeableness thing in
With all that said, I for one am very proud to be from North Carolina…especially when you look at some of the statistics from other states.
One in particular is
Anyway, you can read about how we match up in other ways at The Wall Street Journal Online article called "The United States of Mind". Make sure you click on the interactive graphic that comes along with the article.