Study: This U.S. city has the highest concentration of psychopaths

A report conducted by Ryan Murphy at Southern Methodist University found that Connecticut contained the most psychopaths per capita, followed closely by California, then New Jersey and New York. Northeast states overall contained the most psychopaths of any region.

But Washington, D.C., by far had the highest level of psychopathic behavior than anywhere else in America, his report notes. This finding is an outlier, Murphy explains, because it is an entirely urban area and cannot be fairly compared with larger, more geographically diverse states. That said, Murphy notes, “The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture found in Murphy (2016) that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere.”

Murphy concluded in his report:

“The District of Columbia is measured to be far more psychopathic than any individual state in the country, a fact that can be readily explained either by its very high population density or by the type of person who may be drawn a literal seat of power (as in Murphy 2016).”

Murphy analyzed the levels of five major personality traits in each state, based in part on previous research (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience). Murphy notes that the psychopathy evaluation for each state is an estimate.

The least psychopathic state is West Virginia, followed by Vermont, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New Mexico. The full list of psychopathic states is below:

Rank State
1 Connecticut
2 California
3 New Jersey
4 New York
4 Wyoming
6 Maine
7 Wisconsin
8 Nevada
9 Illinois
10 Virginia
11 Maryland
12 South Dakota
13 Delaware
14 Massachusetts
15 Arizona
16 Florida
17 Iowa
18 Colarado
19 Texas
20 Ohio
21 Utah
22 Arkansas
23 Idaho
24 North Dakota
25 Michigan
26 Alabama
27 Pennsylvania
28 Rhode Island
29 Louisiana
30 Kansas
31 Georgia
32 Minnesota
33 Missouri
34 Washington
35 Kentucky
36 Nebraska
37 South Carolina
38 New Hampshire
39 Oregon
40 Indiana
41 Mississippi
42 Montana
43 Oklahoma
44 New Mexico
45 North Carolina
46 Tennessee
47 Vermont
48 West Virginia
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