Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gettin' us where we live

So, didja see this in the Wall Street Journal?

Did you think of me immediately?

I know I did.

Long story short, researchers look at different attributes of different folks in different parts of the country. Cool interactive graphics are here.

Here's how New Hampshire is described:
  • Extraversion: 50th out of 51 states-plus-D.C. Or, as I like to think of it, second in aloofness.
  • Agreeableness: 30th.
  • Conscientiousness: 44th.
  • Neuroticism: 14th.
  • Openness: 14th.

And D.C.:
  • Extraversion: 3rd out of 51 states-plus-D.C. Or, as I like to think of it, third most likely to give you a business card.
  • Agreeableness 50th. Or, as I like to think of it, second most likely to pick a fight with you about politics or shove you on the Metro.
  • Conscientiousness 40th.
  • Neuroticism 31st.
  • Openness 1st. I should have something funny to say about this, but I don't. Do you?
I also entirely love that North Dakota is first in both extraversion and agreeableness, but dead last in openness. Now that sounds like my kind of place.


Joe Coombs said...

Hey CMC. . .I did read that story, and yes, there were some very odd results. . .I'm thinkin' a new license plate for D.C.: "Last in Representation, but First in Openness!"

Lisa Clarke said...

That was fun. I love interactive statistics like that. I also love that I live in the 5th most neurotic state. That amuses me for some reason.

Cousin Mouse said...

Totally off the subject, but here's everyone's laff for the day: