Maps Reveal Intelligence Levels Across the US Based on Tweets

Ellie Zolfagharifard, Daily Mail (London), June 12, 2014

Living in Massachusetts or New Hampshire may mean you’re more intelligent than residents of California and Mississippi.

That’s according to a recent study of reading levels and IQs, based on 500,000 Twitter messages posted by people across the U.S.

The study used a computer algorithm to score tweets based on spelling, grammar and word choice, and found a significant difference in state-by-state intelligence.

Californian real-estate group Movoto has now used this data to create a series of 3D interactive maps showing a breakdown of reading level and IQ by state, based on the Twitter feedback

Overall scores were relatively low, with the majority of states falling between a fourth grade and sixth grade reading level.

‘The required brevity of tweets is likely the cause of this, and the comparison of states is the real measurement of interest,’ said Chris Kolmar, chief economist from Movoto.

Interestingly, state-by-state results seemed to match up to previous official state education performance statistics.

For example, of the five states that ranked the lowest in grade-level reading ability during the analysis of tweets, four of them also ranked in the top six of worst-educated states in 2011.

These included Vermont, Wyoming and New York.

The most intelligent states, based on reading level on Twitter, were all in the north and are split equally between the northeast and the cluster of states that include Minnesota, both Dakotas, and Montana.

In the State of the States in Education report, which is based on 2009 data, half of those states were listed as a top 10 state for 8th-grade reading proficiency.

The majority of the states coming up somewhere in the middle, with average scores were located in the west, southwest, midwest, and along the east coast.

‘An interesting question which is not explored here would examine the reason behind this correlation,’ said Kolmar.

‘Are worse writing skills correlated with lower IQ scores, are IQ tests necessarily biased to the better educated?’

The states with the lowest IQ were found to be Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, Louisiana and California.

Somewhat unexpectedly, high-school graduation rates didn’t match up with a state’s tweeting abilities.

‘Perhaps there should be a class on incorporating proper grammar, spelling, and word choice into tweets,’ Kolmar concluded.

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[Editor’s Note: An interactive version of the map is available here.]

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  • Oil Can Harry

    So the smartest states have the most whites and the dumbest have the highest numbers of blacks and Latinos?

    Doesn’t matter; clueless white liberals will claim the dimmest states are that way because of “rednecks”, hillbillies and Christian fundamentalists.

    • Rednecks, hillbillies and Christian fundamentalists in California?

      • Oil Can Harry

        The p,c, weenies will ignore Califoreigner and instead focus on the South’s poor showing.

        At least until someone does a county-by-county study that reveals racial differences.

        At which point this story goes down the memory hole.

    • LHathaway

      And that we are keeping Them down.

    • JSS

      They will say that about the South for sure, but I would like to see them explain how those same red necks and hillbillies in fly over country are just as smart as the “educated” SWPLS in the liberal north west and north east Whitopias.

    • APaige

      The old saying is that the closer you get to the Canadian border the smarter Americans are. (Daniel Patrick Moyahian (sp)?).

      • WR_the_realist

        For a long time researchers who study education have noted that there is a stronger correlation between the academic performance of a school and how far north it is than with the money spent per child, the student – teacher ratio, or the other usual criteria. Of course no one ever went any further than that. We all know that this country tends to get blacker as you go south, but that was always left unspoken.

    • Sick of it

      There are more blacks using this garbage than any white people in my state. But then again, they have nothing to do but sit on their behinds and collect their welfare checks.

      • Ron Cheaters

        It was here I read the phenomena of black-twitter. I still don’t know any friends who are using it. For me its basically because I don’t want to be a twit. ’nuff said.

  • Oil Can Harry

    So the smartest states have the most whites and the dumbest have the highest numbers of blacks and Latinos?

    Doesn’t matter; clueless white liberals will claim the dimmest states are that way because of “rednecks”, hillbillies and Christian fundamentalists.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    To those with their eyes open this map shows that states which are the whitest reflect residents with a higher average IQ, and states which are the blackest (The South) and the brownest (the Southwest) reflect residents with a lower average IQ. No surprise there. Yet Liberals will look at these results, the Southern result in particular, and say that it’s proof that rednecks and Conservatives are dumb. Liberals will fail to grasp the racial aspect of these results.

    • Kenner

      They play the same game with crime stats. They ignore the large populations of blacks in many red states.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    To those with their eyes open this map shows that states which are the whitest reflect residents with a higher average IQ, and states which are the blackest (The South) and the brownest (the Southwest) reflect residents with a lower average IQ. No surprise there. Yet Liberals will look at these results, the Southern result in particular, and say that it’s proof that rednecks and Conservatives are dumb. Liberals will fail to grasp the racial aspect of these results.

  • Twitter is a young(er) person’s medium.

    Therefore, this map is a pretty good map of the average IQ of the, say, under-40 population in a given state.

    And as we know, the younger demographics are skewed to the non-white.

    It is also no surprise to me that there is no correlation between HS graduation rate and the Twitter-implied IQ of a state, because just about anyone with a pulse gets a high school diploma.

  • The inclusion of Mexifornia on the list of lowest IQ states is going to make libtards reluctant to talk about this study. It’s not redneck, conservative, hillbilly, or Christian. It’s Mexican. They want hundreds of millions more of these creatures here, so they’ll dummy up about this study.

    The other problem for libtards is that they never want to talk about IQ, claiming IQ tests are racially biased. Thus, except for a few idiotic hateful comments on HuffPo, this study will be ignored by the left.

    We race realists can pour a cold one and celebrate another confirmation that we are right on race. Every bit of scientific evidence comes down on our side. It’s like an avalanche, buryin the bigoted anti-white lefties under piles of studies they can’t refute. Make that two cold ones to celebrate.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Given all the globalist claims about massive third world immigration increasing prosperity and enhancing creativity, the American southwest should be the region with the highest IQ. Instead, it has one of the lowest IQ’s. Who would have thought that one of the nastier side effects of massive third world immigration would be to make Americans dumber.

    • The Final Solution

      And most of them are illiterate in Spanish to begin with. The endless supply of disadvantaged.

  • LHathaway

    So, NY isn’t among the top states after all? I guess the fact that every non-school book in the United States is published in NYC, isn’t helping? That was intended to be a joke, by the way. Please, just a joke. . . . . (disabling comments in response to this post, now) Disabled.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I didn’t really need a study to know this. Here’s a tweet I captured practically at random:

    • One better.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Wow! That is astounding.

        • Sick of it

          Oh come on, you know how black people are just like I do. They say ridiculous things all the time with 100% sincerity.

      • The Final Solution

        Astonishing!

        • Zimriel

          I swear, I thought she was joking at first… then she doubled down.

          On the, er, positive side most of her friends are black; and *they* understood what hiv+ meant.

          • LHathaway

            I suspect she wasn’t serious, either. Half of the posts online seem to be a kind of satire. In this case, she’s ‘helping prevent HIV’ – Anyone could get it. One of the contributors to AmRen wrote an essay lamenting this trend.

      • ncpride

        Good grief! This really is incredible.

      • r j p

        black people never cease to amaze White people.

      • Matt Turner

        (@ twitterer)
        Positive = A? Negative =F? You aren’t being graded in skoo. And it isn’t “You SUPPOSED to be.” It’s, “You are supposed to be”.
        And no, you aren’t.

    • TruthBeTold

      Can you translate? Seriously. I don’t read jive.

      • tlk244182

        Paging Barbara Billingsley…..

  • r j p

    Illinois above average?
    I disagree.

    • Only slightly. Lots and lots of young white people outside of the south and west sides of the Congo and the other undertow cities in Illinois helps to bring its average up.

  • IstvanIN

    I wonder how California would have scored in 1960?

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      That was back when the Golden State was whiter than the national average, almost 95%. But Bossman would have us believe that mestizos will be an endless benefit.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Proves the bible belt is not down South by chance.

    • MikeofAges

      I wonder what the map would look like if it was whites only. Or blacks only. Or legal Hispanics only. Or illegal Hispanics only. As is it, we’re stuck playing a guessing game. Not entirely. But to some degree.

      • Zimriel

        There’s a small taste of that in West Virginia’s dismal showing.

        I predict a white-only map would see Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and the Deep South generally improve – but not by *very* much.

        • Guest

          Yes

        • r j p

          Maybe only the low IQs in West Virginia tweet regularly?

        • MikeofAges

          I was more thinking that the all populations would show the same gradient from south to north. That does show that test scores can be affected by that test taker’s exposure and culture. Nevertheless, I think you are going to see the same relative distributions everywhere.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    Why are we talking about the inferior social networking service?

    What kind of backwoods moron would limit themselves to 140 characters? Come to Facebook, and make me rich rant on for as long as you want.

    • The Final Solution

      Hey Mark care to donate another $100 million? The future of America demands it.

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        Who, me? Are you serious? You should know me better than that.

        I’m the great Marc Zuckurburg. I’m not in the business of saving countries. I want to ruin them. Well, except for four countries, and I can assure you that America isn’t one of them.

        Now if you know where I can give $100 million to wreck America, I’ll get that check out right away. Scratch that, like I don’t already know. Pay to the order of “Anti Defamation League.”

  • The Final Solution

    “cluster of states that include Minnesota, both Dakotas, and Montana” – among the whitest states in America. Now compare that IQ map with the map of immigrant origins in 1910 and 2010 from the Pew research study and there you go.

  • The Final Solution

    Did they analyze Rachel Jenteal’s tweets? I’m sure the computer couldn’t even analyze such gibberish.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      S0C7 !!!
      (That’s “sock-7” for anyone who isn’t a Neanderthal IBMer)

    • MikeofAges

      Rachel Jeantel made sense, but her testimony did not help the prosecution. Probably, she was a relatively adequate person mentally. Relatively, considering the possibilities. But speaking in that mode will be an enormous hinderance anyone. More likely, an absolute barrier to even a minimally credible career.

  • Keep Honkin, I’m Reloading

    Tweets are for queers.

    • M.

      Let me guess, Mississipi?

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    All of the states have a 4th or 5th grade reading level. Why am I not surprised?

    Since I’ve been dealing with many people in a business setting for forty years, I’ve noticed that the level of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, word choice, sentence structure, and reading comprehension has been dropping precipitously for the past two decades.

    I’m the president of a company and the president of a union. I deal with hundreds of people in a business setting.

    In both of my jobs, I receive emails from people that are almost unintelligible. These are people who are college educated. They send me an email with as many words in it as there in this post, and there is no punctuation, the spelling is awful, and their email consists of a series of phrases referring to different subjects. If I’m going to forward it to an attorney for their review, I have to copy the email into MS Word and re-arrange it into sentences, add punctuation, repair the spelling, and so forth so that the attorney can make sense of it.

    Recently, the Business Agent for the Union sent an email to five people who are on a committee. The email asked their opinion on whether we should proceed on an issue with only partial information, or wait until we receive the entirety of the information. The answers that we got back made it clear that none of them could comprehend the question in the email.

    As president of a company, I see the same problems with customers trying to communicate.

    Just My Thoughts,
    Bill Moore

    • r j p

      Are you hiring?

  • Dave West

    Waiting for some dumb libtard to gloat about how the “redneck, republican” South is the least intelligent.

    • Sick of it

      I’ve seen such geniuses (i.e. libtards) unable to grasp basic logic, mathematics, business concepts, the English language, American history, etc. ad infinitum. You’d think that no one on the planet, and certainly no white person, could be that stupid …yet they will prove you wrong!

  • cranky_1970

    Ha! I have been saying the average IQ in California is 94 for some time. Great to see an independent confirmation.

    Race IQ

    Latino 40% 87

    White 39% 100

    Asian 14% 105

    Black 7% 85

    CA IQ = 0.40*87+.39*100+.14*105+85*0.07=94.45
    By looking at differences in the drop out rates for the four groups, it turns out that they are perfectly consistent with an IQ if 80 being necessary to complete high school. Guidance counselors would probably concur with this number.

    • r j p

      blacks are a huge drag on average IQ. Take out the 12% and the average American IQ rises to 103.

      • cranky_1970

        In 1960, the US was made up almost exclusively of blacks and whites. So the average IQ was = 0.12*85+ 0.88*100 = 98.2. So blacks only weighed down the national average by 2 points.

  • freddy_hills

    NE and Left Coast Liberals are constantly trying to “prove” that they’re right and smarter than conservatives from “flyover country” (especially the South) by showing that liberal states are “smarter” at this or “better” at that. Other issues they like to trumpet are obesity, pornviewing, etc. Yet if anyone pointed out that difference might be related to Southern states having a very high percentage of a certain demographic that overwhelmingly votes Democrat they’ll scream “Raciss!”

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    I haven’t found the statistic anywhere else, but when I worked for LAPL the staff always complained that our handouts and signage didn’t work (i.e. “start line here”, return book by x date, we’ll be closed for Cesar Chavez day, etc.). We brought this up in a staff development meeting and were told that we had to dumb it down; the average adult reading level – in a library – was 4th grade.

    • Sick of it

      In my relatively short lifetime, I’ve seen libraries go from places of learning populated by sizable numbers of children/teens to places where one, usually a member of an ethnic minority, can play video games on the computer and try to pickup girls. Insert my usual complaint about libraries destroying the older, more factual books in favor of lowbrow propaganda.

      • MikeofAges

        The year 1970 was the turning point in contemporary history. Largely, libraries have gotten rid of all works written before 1970 except for the obvious ones which they have to keep. These days, the availability of classic literature is very limited, and confined to the young adult (high school) section. With computerized card catalogs, the American Library Association has been able to direct all local libraries as to what should and should not be in their collections. I imagine, eligibility for federal subsidies depends on following these guidelines. Merced County (CA) library was one of the last to computerize, around 1999. The collection was decimated, including numerous works of intellectual, literary and historic significance, which however did not support the liberal stance deemed to be society’s consensus as to what was correct thought. That was not what libraries and intellectual freedom were supposed to be about.

  • “………Living in Massachusetts or New Hampshire may mean you’re more intelligent than residents of California and Mississippi.”

    You’ve got to laugh at the media. Yes, that’s right – merely ‘living’ there means it! As though there is no reason for it other than geography and perhaps a better run school system (which will be due to reasons we all know).

    In the eyes of the masses and mass media, if the types of resident in California and Mississippi travelled up to New Hampshire, they would become ‘more intelligent’ almost overnight, or their children would.

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    The issue here is that the entire USA has a reading comprehension and writing ability level at the 4th and 5th grade level.

    The minor differences between states is unimportant.

    If we can’t read and write our own language, then where is the country headed?

    Just My Thoughts,
    Bill Moore

    • Sick of it

      Bill, we don’t have a single, united nation anymore. We are a collection of nations constantly at odds with one another. We are Bosnia. I am referring to white Americans as well.

    • Laura Dilworth

      low scores don’t apply to Asians and whites

      • Bill Moore

        Hello Laura Dilworth,

        About fifteen years ago, I worked on an eight hour telecast that each public school teacher had to watch (over the satellite). It originated at a PBS television station.

        In the first five minutes of the broadcast, it was explained that for decades they had been trying to raise the level of the African students, and they had finally determined that the Africans would never reach the level of the Caucasians.

        The remainder of the eight hours was devoted to how to lower the education level of the Caucasians down to the capabilities of the African students.

        Over the past fifteen years, they have been quite successful.

        Try asking a recent high school graduate questions about geography, math, etc. They know almost nothing, and seem bored. Then try mentioning global warming, and they become excited and spout out the current propaganda, which is mostly lies.

        And even if the Caucasians and Asians can read at an eight grade level, our country is still doomed. Companies that need educated workers are hiring them from foreign countries. And companies that need uneducated workers are hiring Mexicans. That is a disaster for our native born children and grandchildren.

        Just My Thoughts,
        Bill Moore

        Just My Thoughts,
        Bill Moore

        • Laura Dilworth

          funny, I just started at a suburban office near Chicago. working at the post office at the counter. ACROSS THE BOARD, people don’t get the simplest concepts-every race, age, gender….FRUSTRATING

  • Alexandra1973

    What’s dragging West Virginia down? Thought that state was 95% white.

    I can guess what’s dragging Michigan down, though…Muslims.

  • Truth Teller

    The only Christian fundamentalists in California are those blacks always talking about Jesus. With hispanics the largest ethnic group now I have always assumed that the average IQ in California would be around 95. With the massive influx of 82 IQ C.American indios the average IQ in California will soon sink to about 90, barely able to scrape through the lowest track of high school.
    But of course the high IQ Whites will still be in California, but despite our children’s high grades they will be banned from colleges and employment in favor of indios and indians.

  • WR_the_realist

    For example, of the five states that ranked the lowest in grade-level
    reading ability during the analysis of tweets, four of them also ranked
    in the top six of worst-educated states in 2011.

    These included Vermont, Wyoming and New York.

    This seems inconsistent with the map, where Vermont is dark red (highest IQ). Anyhow I’m surprised to hear that Vermont is one of the worst educated states. By what criteria?

    Overall there can be no surprise that California is right down there with Louisiana. War is Peace. Hate is Love. Diversity is Our Strength.

  • Guest

    Interesting to see how the map above compares to the one that I’ve attached, from americareimaginedDOTcomSLASHmap, a website that says Whites will be a minority among non-Whites in August 2014. Stop White genocide! Anti-racist is a CODE WORD for anti-White.

  • wretchedwhiterabbit

    Interesting to see how the map above compares to the one that I’ve attached, from americareimaginedDOTcomSLASHmap, a website that says U.S. Whites will be a minority among non-Whites in August 2014. Stop White genocide! Anti-racist is a CODE WORD for anti-White.

  • Sick of it

    I don’t know anyone who uses Twitter. Not even women.

  • Sick of it

    We’d be better off encouraging said girl to reproduce. The college lifestyle/liberal worldview does not lead people in that direction.

  • MikeofAges

    These still can absorb only limited numbers, especially the the big three private universities, Stanford, USC and Cal Tech, and the flagship public institutions, Berkeley and UCLA. For any of a number of reasons, high IQ-high aptitude students are not always able to qualify for the selective institutions. The UC system does use affirmative action, but has organized it around those admissions criteria which it legally is able to apply. The end result is still the admission of upper income Anglo whites, high achieving South and East Asians and non-white disadvantaged minorities. The way the UC system organizes the “Top 16th” concept make this outcome inevitable.

    Hate to break the news, but I think there is a reason why you choose anonymity. Please, pick a real name and try to live up to it. Like everyone else does.

  • MikeofAges

    Have you ever met or known any actual Appalachians? Plenty of people who are whip smart but lack education and test taking skills, sometimes entirely. In my estimation, you’re a HBD denier and social construct advocate in disguise. Also a class xenophobe.

    One of my issues is that all whites, except for those for whom specific arrangements have been made, should be treated as socioculturally and educationally disadvantaged. Do you really believe, if a serious effort was made, that Appalachian and Southern whites could not produce STEM graduates and other credible college graduates in good numbers? Your thinking is a heck of a lot more scattered than you think it is. That’s why you have to latch onto rigid ideas. Capitalizing for emphasis in another sign of a lesser thinker.

  • thomasdosborneii

    Personally, I think using “Tweets” as a method of judging IQ is pretty stupid, just as I think using Twitter at all is pretty shallow. I would never waste my time with Twitter, and I have an IQ of 140.

  • MikeofAges

    You have a complete lack of sociological imagination. And I see some extreme misrepresentation too both as to whom I was talking about and what results I hoping to see. Effort will yield results. The “genius” argument is a straw man argument. Even the most advantaged produce few geniuses.

    Disadvantaged minorities have produced some competent, or at least adequate, people through outreach. Are you saying whites in America could not. Or what? Many have to try for some lesser number to succeed. That’s just the way it is.