A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looks at the interplay of geography, specifically U.S. states, and personality traits. In research spanning 13 years, and “using personality test data from over one million people, researchers have identified three distinct personality regions in the country” (Time). The personality regions are “Friendly & Conventional,” “Relaxed & Creative,” and “Temperamental and Uninhibited.” The states are also ranked according to the Big Five Personality Traits: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
There is a short (10-question) quiz that readers can take to see which states matches their personality. I was surprised to find that the results of the quiz indicate that I belong in North Carolina, where I currently live. North Carolina is ranked third in conscientiousness and agreeableness. The state where I grew up, South Carolina, comes in at number one in conscientiousness.
See your state’s personality on this map. Do you think that your personality matches the state you reside in?