We’ve all heard of the stereotypes about people who live in different parts of the country; New Yorkers tend to be loud and fast-paced, while Californians are generally laid-back & environmentally conscious. Although these stereotypes may seem accurate to some people, there hasn’t been any science to support these broad claims about cities and the personalities of the people who choose to occupy them. That is, until now, and it turns out that cities do in fact have a “personality”.
According to new research from CPP, the exclusive publisher of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment, there are certain cities in the U.S. that are made up of the majority of residents having a clear preference for extraversion as well as cities where a majority of the population have a preference for introversion. The study found that people in cities such as New York, Boston and Miami have preferences for extraversion. Meanwhile, cities such as Colorado, Albuquerque and Oklahoma City have majority introversion-preferring populations.
This is not to say that the data supports the aforementioned perception that more people on the east coast have a preference for extraversion versus those on the west coast, though the study found that of the largest U.S. cities surveyed, six out of the top 10 are located in the eastern regions of the country. It gets even more interesting when we look at the top 100 most “livable” cities, as identified annually by Livability.com. While all of these cities – Miami Beach, Scottsdale, AZ – may be very attractive, those thinking of relocating to one of these destinations may want to consider how their own personality preferences fit with those of the residents.
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