While Washington, D.C., may be known for its countless politicians, a new study says our nation’s capital also houses the most psychopaths in the United States.
And apparently, CT is home to the 2nd highest amount of psychopaths in America and the highest in the states.
Well, this explains a lot.
A report published in the Social Science Research Network ranked the 48 continental states and D.C. by the degree of psychopathic personality traits found in the residents of each state.
The study, from economist Ryan Murphy at Southern Methodist University, builds off existing research that looked at how the so-called Big Five personality traits are spread across US states, based on personality samples of almost 1.6 million people.
If you feel like you’re constantly surrounded by psychopaths, it may be that you live in the wrong state or city.
The research measured which areas of the country are home to the individuals with psychopathic personalities and found that the Northeast hosts a larger percentage of these individuals, with Washington, D.C., and Connecticut the most.
When Murphy crunched the numbers, he found Connecticut was the most psychopathic state per capita, followed by California, New Jersey, and New York/Wyoming.
While Connecticut may have been the most psychopathic state, it wasn’t actually the most psychopathic place, regionally speaking.
When Washington D.C. was included in the results alongside with the states, it resulted in the single most extreme place in the entire study.
The D.C score of 3.48 almost doubles Connecticut’s 1.89.
For a couple decades, Connecticut has slowly closed down housing and services throughout the State for mental health care and addiction.
Here’s the full list, ranked from most to least psychopathic states:
1. District of Columbia
4. New Jersey
5. New York and Wyoming (tie)
13. South Dakota
25. North Dakota
29. Rhode Island
38. South Carolina
39. New Hampshire
45. New Mexico
46. North Carolina
49. West Virginia
As for worrying about your personal safety, no need. Only a handful of psychopathic people are dangerous.