Here’s a fun little quiz which may indicate which state of the United States purportedly best matches your personality and attitude.
Considering a move? Maybe this will help…
America’s Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude
A 13 year study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, was an exhaustive one, including nearly 1.6 million survey respondents from the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.
When the returns were tallied, the country broke down into three macro regions:
New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, which the researchers termed “temperamental and uninhibited”
The South and Midwest, which were labeled “friendly and conventional”
The West Coast, Rocky Mountains and Sun Belt, described as “relaxed and creative.”
How they earned these labels was evident from the regions scores, with the temperamental and uninhibited states, for example, blowing the doors off the rest of the country on the neuroticism scale and the relaxed and creative ones similarly leading on openness.
According to the study, the winners (or losers, depending on how you view these things) were…
The top scorers on extroversion were the folks of Wisconsin (picture the fans at a Packers game — even a losing Packers game). The lowest score (extroversion) went to the temperamentally snowbound folks of Vermont.
Utah is the most agreeable place in the country and Washington, D.C., is the least (gridlock, anyone?).
For conscientiousness, South Carolina takes the finishing-your-homework-on-time prize, while the independent-minded Yanks of Maine — who prefer to do things their own way and in their own time, thank you very much — come in last.
West Virginia is the dark-horse winner as the country’s most neurotic state. The least neurotic? Utah wins again.
Washington, D.C., takes the prize for the most open place — even if their low agreeableness score means they have no idea what to do with all of the ideas they tolerate. North Dakotans, meantime, prefer things predictable and familiar, finishing last on openness.
There is no shortage of historical and geographical explanations for why the regions break down the way they do, but migration is the biggest piece of the puzzle.
Pioneers who moved West were, by definition, people with open, curious, flexible temperaments, traits that become part of the settled regions’ DNA and were passed down through the generations.
The researchers found a creative way to confirm this theory, comparing the date the 48 surveyed states became part of the union with their relaxed and creative profile. The result: the later a state joined, the higher its score turned out to be. That very openness and wanderlust stays with the native-born residents of these regions, often impelling them to keep right on moving.
Although I don’t live there (at this time), my state came out to be Colorado.
Of course there are LOTS of important factors to be considered before a move, especially for preppers, however this test is interesting while it apparently examines general personality/attitude fit.