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What Does Where You Live Say about You?

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Summary: The state you live in may have more to say about who you are than you would think. Learn why in this article.

Did you know that the state you live in says a lot about the kind of person you are? Truity, an online company that provides personality and career tests, found through a new study that there are psychological differences between people based on where they are from. Each state tends to have an overpowering trait based on the participants’ answers.

The study asked around 13,000 U.S. residents’ questions about various things, focusing specifically on the big five personality traits. What are the five main personality points? They are openness, agreeableness, extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

Truity CEO Molly Owens notes, “Past studies have thought that more creative people lived only on the East Coast and West Coast, but we found pockets of creativity all over the country. If you’re a creative, you can easily go to Oklahoma or Nebraska and find someone like yourself.”

Introverted States:

  1. Vermont
  2. Kentucky
  3. South Dakota
  4. Idaho
  5. West Virginia

Extroverted States:

  1. Nevada
  2. Montana
  3. Arkansas
  4. Wyoming
  5. Wisconsin

Competitive States:

  1. Illinois
  2. Delaware
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Kansas
  5. Colorado

Cooperative States:

  1. Montana
  2. North Dakota
  3. Mississippi
  4. Oregon
  5. South Carolina

Resilient States:

  1. Montana
  2. Alabama
  3. Arkansas
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Idaho

Neurotic States:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Delaware
  3. Kentucky
  4. Vermont
  5. Illinois

Concrete States:

  1. Illinois
  2. North Dakota
  3. Indiana
  4. South Dakota
  5. Colorado

Abstract States:

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Delaware
  3. Vermont
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Maryland

Flexible States:

  1. Illinois
  2. Vermont
  3. West Virginia
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Kentucky

Focused States:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. New Mexico
  4. Minnesota
  5. Montana

Producer States (no-nonsense, hardworking people that enjoy working with others):

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Open-Minded States (place priority on the arts, literature, sciences, and intellectual activities):

Alaska, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia

Critic States (enjoy challenges, tough-minded, and enjoy debates):

Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania

Character States (unconventional, independent, prone to stress and distraction):

Delaware, Kentucky, Vermont

Friendly States (open, warm, straightforward people that are down-to-earth and community-minded):

North Dakota, South Dakota

Do you believe in these kinds of studies and their results? Are there any results that surprised you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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What Does Where You Live Say about You? by
Authored by: Amanda Griffin