Match your mood to a state: Extroverts head to Missouri

10/23/2013 11:28 AM

10/23/2013 11:58 AM

If you find yourself moody, disagreeable and just flat out cranky, maybe you’re just living in the wrong state. Check out Time magazine’s interactive map that lets you match your personality to a state.

So pack your bags.

Neurotics head to West Virginia.

Extroverts move to Wisconsin.

Go here to take the test

by answering just 10 questions.

The Time map is based on research by a team of researchers who mapped America’s many moods, creating state-by-state ratings of our personalities and temperaments. The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Depending on how you view your fellow Americans, the findings were surprising and not so.

Missouri, for instance, ranked as the fourth most extroverted state and ninth most agreeable state.

Kansans pulled in at No. 35 on the extrovert scale and ranked 30 out of the 50 states when it comes to agreeableness. (Why so contrary, Kansas?)

Turns out the most ebullient folks in the United States live in Wisconsin. (Duh, they wear cheese heads.)

People in Utah are the most agreeable in the land.

Most conscientious? They live in South Carolina.

Head researcher and psychologist Jason Rentfrow and his team used test data from more than 1 million people, spanning 13 years, to identify three personality regions in the country.

Researchers called New England and the Mid-Atlantic states “temperamental and uninhibited.”

The West Coast, Rocky Mountains and Sun Belt are “relaxed and creative.”

The South and Midwest are “friendly and conventional.”

Of course we are.


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