Interactive Map Depicts The Moodiest States

Interactive Map Depicts The Moodiest States
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Three personality types divide the US, which one do you fall into?

Ross Brooks
  • 30 october 2013

The US is a big place and it’s easy to forget just how much things can change from one coast to the other, which is exactly why a multinational team of researchers has mapped out the various states by mood and temperament. Data collected from more than one million people has revealed three distinct personality regions in the country, which just leaves the question, which one do you belong to?

Those who take the test will fall into one of three categories based on location: New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, which were termed “temperamental and uninhibited”; the South and Midwest, which were labeled “friendly and conventional”; and the West Coast, Rocky Mountains and Sun Belt, described as “relaxed and creative.”

You can take the personality test at Time‘s website, which is a shortened version of The Big 5 Personality Test. While there are no real winners or losers, people in Wisconsin proved to be the most extroverted, while the lowest score went to the residents of Vermont. The most agreeable people can be found in Utah, whereas Washington, D.C. is most likely to land you in a disagreement of some sort. West Virginia proved itself to be the most neurotic state, while Utah claimed another win as the least neurotic. Despite their disagreeable nature, Washington, D.C. managed to redeem itself by also being the most open.


The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and took 13 years to complete, compiling nearly 1.6 million survey respondents from the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia into the final results. Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from the survey because not enough people responded to the questionnaires. Researchers recruited via websites and some social media platform such as Facebook, along with more traditional methods within the academic community.


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