Study: Jackson highly agreeable, emotionally stable
By: Tyler Whetstone, The Jackson Sun on Apr 05, 2016
Jackson ranks as the nation's No. 1 most conscientious, emotionally stable and agreeable city, according to a recent report published in Psychological Science, a peer-reviewed science journal.
The study was completed by Wiebke Bleidorn, an assistant professor at The University of California, Davis. According to a story on the study by the BBC, Bleidorn surveyed over 500,000 people in 860 U.S. cities to rank the city's emotional stability, extroversion, openness to new experiences, agreeableness and conscientiousness. Jackson ranked as the top city for three of the five categories.
According to the BBC, Bleidorn wanted to find if different cities attract different people and if people's personalities match the cities they live in. The results? They do, and Jackson does well with whom it attracts.
Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said he already knew what the study showed.
"I talk and meet people, hundreds a day, all over the city," Gist said. "I know what these people are made of. It did not surprise me at all.
“It speaks well of our people, and speaks well of Jackson, Tennessee.”
Bleidorn said, however, that the rankings should be taken with a "pinch of salt" because smaller cities could skew the results.
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