What is Your State’s PQ?
Outsiders are always commenting that native Cincinnatians are very aloof. Westsiders like to stay on the Westside, Eastsiders on the East and if we ask you what school you went to we mean High School, not college.
So it’s not really surprising that in a Wall Street Journal article on the geography of personality shows that the state of Ohio is ninth in neuroticism and 24th in openness. Actually I thought we’d fall much lower on the scale for openness and higher for being neurotic. I guess the fact that most of us don’t really don’t really gives damn puts us at 38 for conscientiousness.
The study was based on a questionnaire by the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. 600,000 people responded. The study maps regional clusters of personality traits, then overlays state-by-state data on crime, health and economic development in search of correlations.
Even after controlling for variables such as race, income and education levels, a state’s dominant personality turns out to be strongly linked to certain outcomes. Amiable states, like Minnesota, tend to be lower in crime. Dutiful states — an eclectic bunch that includes New Mexico, North Carolina and Utah — produce a disproportionate share of mathematicians. States that rank high in openness to new ideas are quite creative, as measured by per-capita patent production. But they’re also high-crime and a bit aloof. Apparently, Californians don’t much like socializing, the research suggests.
To see where your state ranks check out the link here.