Wisconsin more extroverted than Minnesota, and everyone else, says 13-year study

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Ken Lund and Eric__I_E
The difference between Minnesotans and Wisconsinites is an enigmatic question: Knowing it is one thing, but actually defining what separates the land of lakes from the land of Cheeseheads is trickier.

Now, courtesy of a 13-year study of the personality traits of 1.6 million Americans, we have some research to work into the debate.

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Overall, the study found, we're not all that different: Both Wisconsin and Minnesota got low marks for "openness" (we're 44th in the nation) and high marks for "agreeableness" (we're sixth).

But in one category, Minnesota and Wisconsin split. We're middling on "extroversion," at 21st among the states. Our eastern neighbors, the study found, are America's most outgoing.

"Picture the fans at a Packers game," writes Time, to put this in perspective. "Even a losing Packers game."

The study measured five personality traits in all, and on "conscientiousness" and "neuroticism," found Minnesotans to be pretty average, coming in at 21st and 37th across the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. In news on our other neighbors, North Dakotans ranked as the country's least open.

We fit into the "friendly and conventional" category that encompasses much of the Midwest and the South, and our rankings paint a picture of Minnesotans that resembles a personality like Tom Hanks's, study supervisor Jason Rentfrow told the Star Tribune. We won't argue with that.

For more on the study's findings and methodology, check out Time's "mood map," which includes a test to determine which state best matches your personality.

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11 comments
jessesomething
jessesomething

This explains why it's so damn depressing to date people or meet new friends.

Sam Wellman
Sam Wellman

Introverts: ASSEMBLE! Quietly though, so as not to disturb the neighbors.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Great, another study to give us Minnesotan's small man complex. 

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

Living in both Minnesota and Wisconsin I realized this is very noticeable! If you smile and say hello to a stranger in Minnesota they most likely will say Hi back awkwardly, clearly wondering why you said hello. If you say Hi to someone in Wisconsin they usually return with a warm smile, a hello, and a quick comment about the weather or such.  

yoopie93
yoopie93

Yeah, alcohol tends to have that effect on people.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Harder to be introverted with a beer in your hands and people around you constantly.

Sandy Kelly
Sandy Kelly

Well, they use fans at a Packer game as an example of extroversion so I'm thinking that extroversion must be measured on the same scale as they measure blood alcohol.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Well, who's gonna trust a 13 year-old for a study on neurosis? Sheesh! ;-)

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

MN is the least extroverted place in the continental US.

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