Have you ever judged someone by where they live?
Laid back in California, friendly in the South. Maybe aggressive here in New York.
Turns out, there’s some truth to geographic stereotypes.
A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people with similar personalities tend to cluster and live in the same areas of the country. The researchers say these clusters of personality also define much more in a person’s life than just their temperament and found the results also translated into real cultural differences between the regions.
The study showed people in northeastern states like New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are more temperamental and uninhibited. People living on in the west, California, Oregon and Arizona in particular, are more relaxed and creative.
Where do the country’s friendliest and conventional people live? Nebraska and Iowa, according to the study.