A Map of America’s Personality Types

It’s no secret that regional stereotypes about people exist in America. While there is some element of truth to stereotypes of all groups of people, it is hard to really scientifically quantify that. It is difficult to determine if New Yorkers really much ruder than the rest of the country of if Californians are really more laid back and creative. Well the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology just released a study covering all that and more. The primary goal of the study was to determine exactly the amount of regional variation in personality types America has.

Generally speaking the country was split among three different personality types: friendly and conventional, relaxed and creative, and temperamental and uninhibited and they released three maps showing the frequency of each personality type appearing in each state. The results are actually kind of what you would expect with few surprises. The state of New York scores very low in the frequency of friendly and conventional, while scoring extremely high in temperamental and uninhibited. The same is true of California which scores way higher in creative types than anything else along with much of the West. At last we finally have some peer reviewed scientific data that backs up what we suspected was true all along.


Sit in traffic on either side of the Hudson River and you’ll understand us.

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