Here’s a map of the human development of U.S. counties based on factors like income, education, literacy, and health (via (Map Scroll). There’s been some concern about the utility of such combined indexes, still this map provides a powerful visualization America’s enormous social, economic, and geographic divide.
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MapScroll links to a series of “new and improved” maps of Big Five personality types from the expanded (Canadian) edition of my book Who’s Your City?. Based on data collected by Cambridge University psychologist Jason Rentfrow and his collaborators, these new maps ignore state and national boundaries and include the U.S. and Canada.
The first map is agreeable types.
The second is conscientious personalities.
The third is for extroverts who are more likely to move according to Rentfrow and company’s research.
The fourth is for open-to-experience personality types, also more likely to move.
The fifth is for neurotics.
Here’s the map from the Social Science Research Council’s American Human Development Project.
The pattern is more or less what you would think. Catherine Rampell from Economix notes that:
Connecticut, which has the highest development of all American states, is roughly comparable with Ireland (the fifth most-developed country worldwide). But Mississippi has an H.D.I. level roughly on par with that of Turkey (#76 in the international development rankings).